2021 U.S. Nationals Update #1

Photo: Copyright Catherine Firmbach

U.S. Nationals Information Page
The Governing and Race Committees had a conference call tonight about the 2021 Nationals. Potential regatta sites include northern Michigan, Lake Mendota in Madison, WI, and Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin. A site location announcement will be posted by 9 PM ET Wednesday evening, January 20, 2021.

Important Dates:

  • January 20: Site location announced
  • January 21: Site location final confirmation
  • January 23: Registration closes 7 PM local time
  • January 24: Skippers Meeting 9 AM
    First mini-qualifier 10 AM
  • Following needed days: Races start at 9 AM
  • Awards follow immediately after the final race is completed and results are tabulated

2021 Western Region Championship Update #5: Tentatively Called ON Jan 16-17

Photo: Catherine Firmbach

Via Western Region Commodore Chris Berger US5166

The DN Western Region Championship is tentatively on for this weekend, Jan 16-17, 2021 in Madison, WI. Both lake Mendota and Monona are under consideration. However, there is precipitation in the forecast for Thursday PM into Friday AM. As a result the final call will not be made until noon Friday. If conditions and weather change such that we can make a final call earlier, either on or postponement, we will do so. Thank you for your patience.
Next update: Friday January 15, 2021, Noon CT.
The Western Region Championship is a two-day regatta in either Minnesota, Wisconsin, the UP of Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, or Indiana.

2021 U.S. Nationals Notice of Race

DNs line up on Lake Charlevoix in Michigan in 2018     Photo: upnorthimaging.com

2021 U.S. Nationals Regatta
January 23 – 30, 2021
Location: TBA on January 20, 2021
Register & Pay for 2021 U.S. Nationals

IDNIYRA Vice-Commodore Jody Kjoller invites U.S. DN sailors to the 2021 U.S. Nationals. The US Nationals is a non-ranking regatta scheduled in place of the 2021 Gold Cup World Championship, cancelled because of the pandemic. A Nationals information page has been created for Race Documents, Schedule of Events, and Registration information. The latest information will be posted on the home page of idniyra.org in addition to the Nationals Information page.
Sailors and Race Committee must observe social distancing and COVID-19 guidelines. Online registration and payment is mandatory. 


International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association
U.S. Nationals January 23-30, 2021
Hosted by V.C. Jody Kjoller

● All races will be governed by the Racing Rules of the National Iceboat Authority, the Bylaws of the IDNIYRA, Established Procedures of Iceboat Competition, the Regatta Management Agreement, the Notice of Race, including any amendments to the NOR,(except as any of these are altered by the sailing instructions) and the Sailing instructions.

● Races shall be sailed under the rules of the National Iceboat Authority and those of the IDNIYRA.
● The regatta is scheduled for 11 races per fleet with up to one throwout.
● Saturday will be used ONLY if the gold fleet does not have 3 races completed. This changes IDNIYRA bylaws, C) 2, b.
● The number of Fleets and fleet size will be determined after registration.

● All courses will be a WINDWARD / LEEWARD Inline course with Darling Marks.
● A diagram of the race course will be posted on the Official Notice Board and will be available online

● All DN class yachts meeting the requirements of the DN official specifications and whose skippers meet the requirements of the bylaws of the IDNIYRA as stated in sections IDNIYRA Regattas are eligible to enter and race in the championships.
● All participants shall provide proof of $300,000 personal liability at time of online registration.

● The primary site is in the United States
● Site and Headquarters information will be posted on the DN North America website located at: idniyra.org
● Each skipper shall register on: idniyra.org. All registration and fees will be online only. Entry Fee shall be paid in U.S. Dollars.
● The entry fee is $75.
● No entry fee will be accepted after the close of registration (refer to schedule of events) When regatta location moves, prior to the first race, registration may be reopened.
● Sailing instructions and course diagram to be available to all competitors, online only, at time of final registration. Printed Sailing instructions and other regatta documents will not be provided by any race official.
● All skippers may be required to complete a Safety Test as part of registration.


2021 Western Region Championship Update #4: Postponed Until Jan 16-17

2020 Silver Fleet champion Peter Johanson US5633 sailing on Ft. Peck reservoir in Montana. Photo: Gretchen Dorian

Via Western Region Commodore Chris Berger US5166

The 2021 Western Region Championship has been postponed until January 16-17, 2021.  We are hopeful that the continued cold weather will build ice and give us options for the next weekend.
The next update will be on Tuesday evening, January 12, 2021.
The Western Region Championship is a two-day regatta in either Minnesota, Wisconsin, the UP of Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, or Indiana.

2021 Western Region Championship Update #3

Brian Jones US1576 at the 2020 North American Championship at Ft. Peck, Montana. Photo: Gretchen Dorian

Via Western Region Commodore Chris Berger US5166:

Our search for suitable ice for the 2021 Western Region Championship continues. Last week’s snow and moderate temperatures have left us with few options. We are monitoring several areas, including Madison and Pepin, but as of today, nothing is of regatta quality. As always, if you know of some ice that has potential, let us know as soon as possible so we can arrange to have it scouted before Thursday PM.
Final call will be made on Thursday evening, January 7, 2021.

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

Gretchen Dorian Photos from 2020 Central Championship

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

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!