Gretchen Dorian Photos from 2020 Central Championship

US4203, Jody Kjoller US5435, and Austen Graef start a race on Lake Houghton.     Photo: Gretchen Dorian

Gretchen Dorian’s photos from the 2020 Centrals recently sailed on Houghton Lake in Michigan are available for viewing and purchase on her website. Michigan sailor John Harper US60 shared his perspective on Facebook about the photo posted above and, it’s worth quoting here.

A young and brand new DN sailor in a 1960s version boat out in front of modern boats and one guy about 55 years old. Definitely a class for new and older people and boats!

2021 Western Region Championship Update #2

Via Western Region Commodore Chris Berger US5166:

2021 Western Region Championship Postponed to Jan 9-10, 2021

The 2021 Western Region Championship regatta has been postponed until January 9-10, 2021. All potential sites received too much snow during Tuesday evening’s storm. We will continue to watch for the larger lakes to freeze. If you know of something, please let us know.
The next update will be Tuesday evening, January 5, 2021.
Until then, have a happy New Year!

The Western Region Championship is a two-day regatta that takes place in either Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, or Indiana.

2021 Western Region Championship Update #1

Photo Kurt Meyer

Via Western Region Commodore Chris Berger US5166:

We currently have a few lakes on the radar for this weekend’s regatta including Pepin, Puckaway, and Kegonsa, to name a few. However, between the snow Sunday night and what is forecast for Tuesday night, the prospect of these lakes holding up is in jeopardy. We will continue to monitor the situation and search for usable ice. If you know of something and it appears to escape Tuesday’s snow, let us know.

The next update will be Wednesday, December 30, 2020, after the forecasted snow event. We will make a final confirmation on the evening of Thursday, December 31.

The Western Region Championship is a two-day regatta that takes place in either Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, or Indiana.

Cancellation of 2021 European Championship

2020 Gold Cup at Orsa, Sweden. Photo: Sean R. Heavey

Via IDNIYRA Europe:

Dear Fellow Icesailors,

At the 2020 Autumn Secretaries Meeting, we decided to monitor the COVID19 situation in Europe till December 19th and make a consultancy meeting that day to ease the decision of the Commodore.

Some countries reported on long-lasting travel restrictions, others about limitation of participants on events. There are countries though, where the restrictions are not severe. It is clear today that holding the regatta in 2021 is not feasible. Definitely, we cannot organize a fair and safe event this year, because not all members of our community can travel freely and come to the possible site of the regatta and return home without struggles.

Therefore we decided to cancel the 2021 DN European Championship.

In order not to leave our community without an International sailing event, we decided at the meeting that IDNIYRA-EU will try to organize a non-ranking EuroCup in the same timeframe.

We will continue to monitor the COVID19 situation and will come with the decision at the end of January.

Be prepared for racing!

Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Safe, Prosperous, and Happy New Year!

(And a lot of sailing of course)

Think Ice

Attila Pataky (M-100)

Planning for the 2021 US DN National Championships

Photo: Sean R. Heavey

The IDNIYRA Governing Committee is planning a US National Championship in lieu of the Gold Cup and North American Championships, which were cancelled. The regatta is planned for the January 23 – 29 time frame. It is expected that the regatta would be a low-key event, focused on the sailing, and that some COVID 19 protocols would be in place. There would be no organized social events and few prizes, which would allow a reduced entry fee. We believe that Canada/US border restrictions will most likely limit attendance to US residents.

To help us prepare for the event we are sending members a short questionnaire (using the ElectionBuddy software) focused on whether they plan to attend. The questionnaire will be open from 19 to 26 December. The invitation will come from so if you don’t get the questionnaire you should first search for that sender (or check if you remembered to renew your membership 😊 )