After five years as the North American Ice Optimist Program Director, Ron Rosten has handed over the tiller. Thank you, Ron, for your service to the class. Please welcome our new Junior Secretary, Erin Bury US5397, of Minneapolis, MN. Erin, who grew up sailing, brings her experience as a youth coach. Erin came to us with an idea about establishing an Ice Optimist training camp near Lakeville, MN. Her enthusiasm for the project made her a perfect candidate for the role of North American Ice Optimist Program Director.
I grew up sailing a 1984 Freedom 21 on Lake Superior along with scows on Lake Minnetonka. I currently crew on a Nacra F-18 Infusion MKIII and a J70 on Lake Minnetonka, where I race at least three days a week in spring, summer, and fall.
I have been a head swim coach for high school and club for the last eight years. I built a self-sustaining non-profit aquatics’ program from the ground up over five years. After that, I moved into a full-time role (my current occupation) as the Senior Coordinator of Aquatics at the YMCA. As the Senior Coordinator, I grow current aquatic programming and develop new programs as we expand.
My goals as the North American Junior Secretary include:
1) Create more sailing opportunities for a broader range of demographics and engage our communities in unique ways.
2) Empower young women AND men.
3) Share the love of ice sailing and grow the sport in inclusive and equitable ways.
I’m also excited to announce that I’m seeking a partnership with the YMCA to start an official North American youth ice sailing program.
Currently, I am building a proposal for the YMCA and have thus far secured REI as our first sponsor!
Have ideas for this initiative? Don’t be shy! Feel free to reach out with any questions and/or suggestions!
I can’t wait to work with you all!
Erin Bury US5397
The Online Magazine of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association
The 21-22 season is starting to rev up. This month’s newsletter will inspire you to get those runner sharpened for December’s first ice. IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA Europe have combined forces with a new website, dniceboat.org, a portal that will host information common to both continents. The website is also designed to attract new DN sailors and sponsors with the best video and photos that tell the DN story. Thanks to our sponsors for supporting the class and making Runner Tracks possible.
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Better Late Than Never by Eric Smith
- Commodore’s Column
- dniceboat.org: The New DN World Portal
- Zen, Adrenaline, & Reflection by Rhea Nicholas
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Via Mihkel Kosk C45 and Ron Sherry US44.
Estonian DN sailor, Tiit Hagma C10, passed away peacefully at home on 28 May 2021. Tiit won the 1984 DN Gold Cup sailed at Krynica Morska in Poland. The regatta is memorable for a field of 240 competitors, certainly one of the largest DN championships in history. Ron Sherry US44 remembers “driving back to the hotel with him in 1984 in Poland to pick up some Boston Sails. He was so calm and matter of fact. I told him if I had won, I would be like a NASA Launch.”
Mihkel Kosk recalls Tiit’s life outside of DN sailing, “The big thing that he was also a great talent in music and in the USSR time a part and member of a band Ruja. Ruja was as popular in Estonia as the Rolling Stones were in the states and very much on the legal line with the USSR officials!”
Read more about his music here.
Via the Kalevi Yacht Club:
Tiit Haagma, an honorary member of the club, has left us. Tiit was born on April 5, 1954, in Tallinn. He started sailing in 1961 under the supervision of Enn Metsar. Tiit was brought to ice sailing by another legendary Star sailor, Peeter Leola. For many years, ice sailing became the main area of Tiit. In 1984 he won the world championship title in the DN class as the third Estonian ice sailor; five years later, he won a bronze medal at the European Championships; in 1989, he added a World Championship silver to his medal collection. At the N Union Championships, he won a bronze medal in 1979 and 1980, a gold medal in 1982 and 1986 and a silver medal in 1983, and a silver medal in 1983. Tiit has won silver at the 1991 World Yacht Regatta and bronze at the 2007 ORC World Sailing Championships in sailing. Tiit has once (1986) become the Estonian master in ice sailing and seven times in 1988-2004 in offshore sailing. In 2007, he also became a Finnish champion in offshore sailing. In 1979, Tiit became a champion in sailing and, in 1984, a master in ice sailing. In the same year, he was chosen as the best male athlete in Estonia and an honorary member of Kalev. Tiit was also a renowned musician; he played bass guitar in the bands Varjud and Ruja in 1972-1986. From 1973 to 1986, Tiit worked as a trainer in sailing and ice sailing circles, and for 40 years, he was known not only for his sailing skills but especially as a worthy sailor. His sewn C-sails, WB sails, and HT sails have taken our sailors and ice sailors to both Estonian championship and title medals. Tiit was a nice companion, with whom it was always nice to talk, and every time he had a new anecdote or a nice story to tell. The spinning material no longer scratches under Tiit’s hand, and his ¼ ton Sea Eagle has been standing sadly on the shore for some time. We mourn you and wish you a happy wind on the sea of eternity, Tiit.
Forty-six percent of 209 eligible voters participated in the IDNIYRA 2021 Spring Ballot for Officers. This response rate is consistent with the 2019 and 2020 Spring ballots which had 44% participation.
The results for election of Officers were as follows, with all proposals being approved by simple majority:
- Commodore, Jody Kjoller (US 5435): 95 votes for, 1 against and 1 abstention
- Vice Commodore, David Frost (US 5358): 94 votes for and 3 abstentions
- Past Commodore, Robert Cummins (US 3433): 93 votes for, 1 against and 2 write-ins (John Harper and Kent Baker)
- Secretary, Deb Whitehorse (US 2366): 96 for and 1 abstention
- Treasurer, Deb Whitehorse (US 2366): 97 votes for.
The results for modifications to the IDNIYRA Constitution were as follows, with both proposals being approved with the required 2/3rds ‘yes’ vote:
- Amendment of Article XI to include explicit processes for member proposals for amendments to the Official Specifications: 86 votes for, 3 against and 9 abstentions
- Amendment of Article VII to reduce the lead time required for submission of proposals for the Annual Meeting: 87 votes for, 2 against and 8 abstentions.
The elected Officers assume their new responsibilities and the amendments to the Constitution take effect 1 July, 2021.
I would like to thank those members who participated in the ballot for their interest in the governance of the DN Class.
Warren Nethercote, KC 3786
Commodore IDNIYRA (for just a little while longer!)
IDNIYRA Racing Schedule
It’s never too early to fill in your calendars with DN regatta dates. While the 2022 Gold Cup and European Championship date was decided 2 weeks ago at the European Secretaries meeting, IDNIYRA Central Region Commodore Rob Holman has now set the 2022 North American Championship dates. The World Championship alternates yearly between Europe and North America.
- North American Championship
Dates: January 23 – 29, 2022
Host Region: Central (Michigan and Ohio)
Location: Best ice in the Central Region or North America
Information: This website.
- Worlds & European Championship
Date: February 19 – 26, 2022
Host Country: Switzerland
Location: Best ice in Europe
2021 U.S. Nationals at Black Lake in Michigan. Photo: Gretchen Dorian
2021 IDNIYRA Spring Ballot
At noon (Atlantic time), Saturday 15 May the Spring ballot for election of IDNIYRA Officers will go live. Eligible voters will receive an email invitation to the ballot, which will remain open until noon (Atlantic time), Saturday 29 May.
The ballot offers candidates for five positions: Jody Kjoller for Commodore, David Frost for Vice Commodore, Robert Cummins for Past Commodore, and Deb Whitehorse for Secretary and Treasurer. A simple majority is required for election and write-in candidates are allowed. As allowed by the IDNIYRA Constitution, the same candidate is offering for the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. The Governing Committee has found this practice to be quite effective for the management of IDNIYRA.
The ballot also includes two proposals for amendments to the IDNIYRA Constitution published in the December 2020 Runner Tracks. The first proposal clarifies the process to propose changes to the official specifications and protects the right of members to do so. The ballot modifies the published proposal slightly as will be explained in the rationale portion of the question. The second proposal reduces the lead time for submission of proposals to the Annual meeting from 90 to 60 days in recognition of our use of modern communications methods. A two thirds ‘yes’ vote is required to approve these measures. The Governing Committee recommends the approval of both.
Warren Nethercote KC 3786