Loretta Sherry Rehe Recognized for Service to Sailing

Congratulations to Loretta Sherry Rehe, who also happens to be the head scorer for the North American DN Class, for receiving the Richard Clogg Trophy for a lifetime of service to the sport of sailing at Detroit Regional Yacht Racing’s 2017 awards party.
Loretta volunteers many hours year round, on both types of water- hard and soft. Thank you for all you do for ice sailing, Loretta!

NOR: 2018 Western Region Championship

Photo: Kurt Mayer: 2017 DN Western Region Championship on Lake Monona, Madison, WI

Western Region Commodore Daniel Hearn has released the Notice of Race for the 2018 WR Championship. This is a perfect opportunity for those new to racing to give it a try. Please contact us for more information. The Western Region covers the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, the UP of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri though the regatta has mostly been held in either Wisconsin or Minnesota.

2018 Notice of Race
Download in pdf: NOTICE OF RACE 2018 IDNIYRA Western Region
Western Lakes Regional DN Championship Regatta
January 6-7, 2018

Organizing Authority: International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association
Host: North American Western Region

1. Rules:
All races will be governed by the Racing Rules of the National Iceboat Authority; the By-Laws of the IDNIYRA, and Official Specifications of the DN Ice Yacht; the Notice of Race, including any amendments to the Notice of Race, (except as any of these are altered by the sailing instructions) and the Sailing Instructions. The Sailing Instructions can be modified at the Skippers Meeting and by a notice posted on the official notice board.

Eight (8) race regatta format – 3 race minimum in the Gold Fleet will constitute the regatta. Fleets – Gold & Silver Fleet, Rookie Division as part of the lowest fleet; Volunteer split for fleets.

2. Eligibility:
All DN class yachts meeting the requirements of the Official Specifications and whose skippers meet the requirements of the By-Laws of the IDNIYRA as stated in the section IDNIYRA Regattas are eligible to enter and race in the championship.
Proof of personal or race liability insurance ($300,000 minimum) will be needed at time of registration.

3. Site Information and Postings:
A. The primary site is within the North American Western Region
B. Site and Headquarters Information will be determined by the regatta organizer.
C. Official regatta information, updates and accommodations: DN America Forum & Western Region Hotline – 608-313-5156

4. Entry and Fee:
A. The official entry form must be submitted and signed at registration.
B. The entry fee is $35, payable at site of regatta in US dollars.

5. Schedule of Events:
•Friday: 7-9 PM Registration at Regatta Hotel Headquarters
•Sat 8-9 on ice registration
•Sat 9:30 Skippers Meeting
•Sat 10:30 First DN start
•Sunday 10:00 First DN start. No race will start after 2:30 PM

6. Sailing Instructions:
Official Sailing Instructions will be provided at registration.

7. Prizes:
Trophies will be awarded to the top five places in each fleet plus Top Woman, Top Junior, Top Rookie, Top Senior (50-59), Top Master (60 to 69) and Top Grand Master (70+)

4 Proposals for the 2018 Annual Meeting

Four proposals have been submitted for discussion and vote at the annual meeting of the IDNIYRA which will be held during the week of the North American Championship. Click on the link below to review the proposals.

Proposal 1: Change Constitution, Electronic Voting, Warren Nethercote KC3786
Proposal 2: Change Bylaws, Define Terms, Eric Anderson US5193
Proposal 3: Change Bylaws, Regatta Registration, Eric Anderson US5193
Proposal 4: Change Bylaws, Adds Scoring Option to Proposal 3, Warren Nethercote KC3786

Download the 2018 Annual Meeting Proposals

Fall Iceboat Swap Meets

Photo Kurt Meyer

If you are looking to kick the tires on a DN iceboat,  acquire some new components, or learn about the sport of DN sailing, make plans to attend one of the upcoming iceboat swap meets across the country. Expand your ice sailing network, spend a few hours getting to know more about sailing iceboats in your area.

MICHIGAN: Western Michigan Iceboat Swap Meet, November 3-4, 2017 at the Muskegon Yacht Club, 3198 Edgewater St, Muskegon, MI. More information.

MINNESOTA:  Ice Boat Swap Meet on November 4, 2017, from 10 AM – 12 PM at Sailcrafters 7450 Oxford St., Saint Louis Park, Minnesota 55426. More information.

NEW ENGLAND: New England Ice Yachting Association Swap Meet, October 28 9 AM, Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow St, Westborough, MA. More information.

NEW YORK: Lake Ronkonkoma Ice Boat Yacht Club, December 9th, from 1 PM – 4 PM at Weeks Yacht Yard, 10 Riverview Ct, Patchogue, NY. More information.

WISCONSIN: Skeeter Iceboat Club Swap Meet on November 5, 2017 from 9 AM – 12 PM at Lucke’s Cantina
220 N. Elkhorn Rd. (WI Hwy 67), Williams Bay, WI. More information.

Poland Celebrates 50 Years of DN Sailing

50 years ago the man most responsible for bringing the DN Class to Europe, Dutch sailor, Wim van Acker, traveled to Poland with DN iceboats, leaving them there with the instructions, “Do something with them.” On October 21, the Polish DN Association will celebrate 50 years of DN sailing in Poland with a two day conference.
From: IDNIYRA Commodore Eric Anderson:

On behalf of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association, I would like to congratulate the Polish DN association on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Polish DN Iceboat Fleet. It is an incredible feat that a Polish sailor has won the World Championships 19 times. The Polish Fleet serves as an example to all nations of how a sailing program should be.

Eric Anderson