DN Great Western Challenge is ON for Wisconsin

Photo Kurt Meyer

Via iceboating.net

The DN Great Western Challenge is called “ON” for December 13-15, 2019 on Lake Puckaway Wisconsin.
Lake Puckaway is near Green Lake, Wisconsin. The Skeeter Western Challenge is cancelled for the season.


Apuckawa Park and Boat Launch
Located at the intersection of Fox Court and Toepper Drive, east of Montello.
Link to map


Mecan River Outfitters:
(920) 295-3439
Very limited availability.

T’ween the Lake Motel
510 Underwood Ave Hwy 23
Montello, WI 53949


Acorn Ridge Motel


Bayview Motel and Marina
(920) 294-6504
439 Lake St, Green Lake, WI 54941


Comfort Suites At Royal Ridges
(608) 567-4024
2 Westgate Drive, Ripon, WI, 54971, US


Boarders Inn & Suites by Cobblestone Hotels – Ripon
(920) 748-7578
1219 W Fond Du Lac St, Ripon, WI 54971

Western Challenge Groove Armada


As we wait for news of the first unofficial regatta of the season, the Western Challenge, it’s a good time to review one of the earliest and best DN videos ever made by Minnetonka’s Peter Crawford of Head Injury Media/Penalty Box Productions. It’s of a Western Challenge at Buffalo  Lake in 2005.
Via iceboating.net:

Currently we are checking ice. We have a lake in Albert Lea that looks like it will work. We are checking Buffalo today to see whats left after the snow.
Expect an update on Wednesday December 11.

Any help checking Albert lea is appreciated.

DN Regatta Fri,Sat,Sun

Skeeters Sat,Sun

Please report any new freeze. I know Pepin was water on Sunday.


2020 IDNIYRA Yearbook

2019 Gold Cup Champion Michal Burczynski             Photo credit: Catherine Firmbach      cefirmbach.com

The 2020 International DN Ice Yacht Racing Yearbook is now available for purchase. There have been some significant changes from the 2019 yearbook including the new EPIC and Regatta Management Agreements. IDNIYRA Europe has a new constitution as well.

New this year is the championship history of the DN Junior and Ice Optimist World and European regattas. Very interesting to see some familiar names who continue to have success in DN competition as adults.

If you have already ordered the yearbook, it will be shipped to you within the next 2 weeks.

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