Minnetonka Whaletailers

“Minnetonka, Minnesota DNers sailed Sunday, December 14, 2020 on a lake called Whaletail, just west of Mound MN. 10 boats had a great day scrub racing in 15 mph wind on lightning fast black ice. It’s been a while since any of us had gone that fast!”

2021 DN Western Region Championship Update

2021 DN Western Region Championship Update

With all the uncertainty in the air this DN season, we would like to announce that we intend to hold the Western Regional Championship as scheduled, January 2-3, 2021. Of course, the regatta location and date will be subject to the traditional task of locating suitable ice. Still, this year we must also contend with the extent and severity of state and local COVID-19 travel restrictions, stay-at-home orders, etc. A challenge, to be sure.
Stay tuned for updates.


Chris Berger US5166
Western Region Commodore

Cancellation of the 2021 Gold Cup and North American Championships

Cancellation of the Gold Cup and North American Championships

The IDNIYRA Governing Committee earlier announced plans to decide by November 25th whether the 2021 Gold Cup would be held. Since publishing the Q&As it has become apparent that holding the regatta in 2021 is not feasible. The Canada-US land border closure has been extended to 21 December and Europeans cannot travel to either the US or Canada for non-essential reasons. Therefore the 2021 Gold Cup is cancelled.


It would be possible to delay making a decision about the 2021 North American Championships until the next decision about the Canada -US border, but public health restrictions within states and provinces make the feasibility of any international event doubtful at best. As a result the IDNIYRA Governing Committee has decided to cancel the 2021 North American Championships but will endeavour to hold an American Championship in the same timeframe.


Warren Nethercote
Commodore IDNIYRA

Previous: Q & As 15 October


Prevous: 2021 Gold Cup Q & As 12 August

First Results of Autumn 2020 Ballot

Previous: IDNIYRA & IDNIYRA EU Autumn 2020 Ballot

The Autumn 2020 IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU combined ballot closed at 2345 November 22, 2020. Two-thirds of ‘yes’ votes are required for a Question to pass. The results are as follows:


Fifty-six percent of eligible members participated in the ballot. Abstentions were allowed on individual questions.


Question 1: EPIC Agreement Amendment. 132 yes / 84 against (61.1% yes, Question 1 fails)


Question 2: RMA Amendment. 184 yes / 46 against (80.0% yes, Question 2 passes)


Question 3: Technical Specification A16, Hull Cross Section. 169 yes / 52 against (76.5% yes, Question 3 passes and comes into effect May 31, 2021)


A report with the breakdown of votes by continent will follow once those results are received from the voting software contractor.


The members support to the governance of the DN Class is appreciated.


Attila Pataky (M-100) Commodore IDNIYRA EU

Warren Nethercote (KC 3786) Commodore IDNIYRA

UPDATE: 25 November 2020:
IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU Autumn 2020 ballot Results by Continent

Here are the results for the Autumn 2020 ballot broken out by continent.

Question 1: EPIC Agreement Amendment
Votes tallied: 216
Abstentions: 30
Continent NA EU Total
Yes – I am in favour of Question 1 69 63 132
No – I am opposed to Question 1 48 36 84
117 99
Question 2: RMA Amendment
Votes tallied: 230
Abstentions: 16
Continent NA EU Total
Yes – I am in favour of Question 2 95 89 184
No – I am opposed to Question 2 28 18 46
123 107
Question 3: Technical Specification A16, Hull Cross Section
Votes tallied: 221
Abstentions: 25
Continent NA EU Total
Yes – I am in favour of Question 3 91 78 169
No – I am opposed to Question 3 25 27 52
116 105

As reported yesterday, 2/3rds ‘yes’ votes were required for a measure to pass. On that basis, Question 1 failed and Questions 2 and 3 carried.

Warren Nethercote Commodore IDNIYRA
Attila Pataki, Commodore IDNIYRA EU

Update on IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU Autumn Ballot

2020 North American Championship, Fort Peck Reservoir, Montana. Photo Gretchen Dorian.

We have an electronic ballot underway to consider three questions: an amendment to the EPIC Agreement; an amendment to the Regatta Management Agreement; and a change to the OFFICIAL SPECIFICATIONS. The ballot closes on November 22nd. As of 0900 AST Wednesday 11 November 177 of 422 eligible voters had voted (79 from Europe and 98 from North America). Another 49 members have opened their ballots but not yet voted. How people voted is not available to us until after ballots close on November 22nd. The voting software indicates that all ballots sent to IDNIYRA EU members were received. One ballot for a North American member was undeliverable, but we have been unable to make contact with the member to correct the email address.


On Friday 13 November those who have not yet voted will receive an automated reminder to vote from the voting software. The reminder will come from invitations@mail.electionbuddy.com To help avoid rejection of the notice as junk mail you can add invitations@mail.electionbuddy.com to your contact list. If you did not receive an invitation, or a first reminder (on 6 November 2020) and think that you should have received one, please contact Deb Whitehorse secretary.idniyra@gmail.com for North America or Attila István Pataki for Europe. We can check whether a ballot has been sent, your voting eligibility if one was not sent and, when appropriate, we can add you to the voters list.


Warren Nethercote, Commodore IDNIYRA

Ballot Administrator