Struble Extends DN season in California

The DN season wasn’t over yet for 2023 World & North American champion Matt Struble US183 who sailed in his home state of California yesterday at America’s Landsailing Championship held at Ivanpah. Considered the “cathedral of land sailing,” Ivanpah dry lake is located on the border of California and Nevada. He joined other ice sailors from around the country. Via Ken Smith’s Facebook page:

A brisk first day sailing ALC at Ivanpah, CA. About 70 competitors in roughly 90 land sailing yachts (sailors in multiple classes). Midwest DN iceboaters include Bob Cave, Lou Lonnecke, Pat Heppert, Pete Johns, and Daniel Hearn. Also Bill Dale and a pair from New England.
We sailed one round of five class starts. We got DN champ Matt Strubble racing in a mini skeeter, a class 3, and a DN on wheels. Wide wind range, shifty direction, and large wind holes made sailing, umm, interesting! -Ken Smith

Matt Struble replies: Absolute blast! Thanks Ken Smith, Peete Johns for a great day of sailing. I logged some wonderful miles of sailing. Felt at home in the DN, especially at the start.

2023 Junior World DN & Ice Optimist Championship

Photos: Sails Up Facebook Group
Congratulations to the ice sailors, the future of our sport, who competed at the 2023 Junior World Championship in Kertuoja, Lithuania, March 5 – 7. Day one brought challenging snow-covered ice conditions and winds of 12 – 18 mph. Competitors played the wind waiting game on day two before it filled in time to complete the regatta on Tuesday, March 7. Unfortunately, another snowstorm on Wednesday ended hopes of holding the Junior European Championship.

2023 Junior Ice Optimist World Champions Top 3

1. C3 Aron Poolma, Estonia
2. C1 Emma Mia Kaar, Estonia
3. C28 Anni Kubjas, Estonia

2023 Junior DN World Champions Top 3
1. S714 Oskar Svensson, Sweden
2. C20 Rasmus Maalinn, Estonia
3. P90 Cezary Sternicki, Poland


2023 Centrals Update: Postponed – Next Update March 16

Photo: Cathy Firmbach

We still have ice in the Northern regions of Michigan yet there is still a lot of snow on it. We still under postponement for the 2023 Central Regatta.

Next update will be Thursday 16-Mar-2023 evening. For now, stay tuned & keep your stuff ready!!

Think ice!,

Central Lakes Rear Commodore

Rob Holman US3705