The fleet made its way to Lake Wielimie near the city of Szczecinek, a five hour drive from Gizycko, Poland. Because there was no freeway, the trip took an extra two hours of driving through the winding roads and small villages of rural Poland. We were slightly delayed in our departure because of a flat trailer tire but a full pit crew of iceboaters made record time making the change. As you can see from the photo above, the sky was dramatic as we pulled in. It’s been another long day and will write more tomorrow night after the first day of competition. The Worlds begin tomorrow. Winds are forecast to be 7 MPH. Stay tuned for more.
We arrived last night to Gizycko, Poland. The last 30 km were a challenge because of a heavy snow squall that reduced visibility. Not the kind of weather that gives confidence while approaching an iceboat regatta. Today, scouts found another site with black ice in western Poland, 5 hours from here. Racing begins Monday. To be continued!
Estonia celebrates their 100 year old tradition of ice sailing and is the host country for the 2018 DN World and European Championships. I’ve been to Estonia twice for regattas and was looking forward to seeing their beautiful country again. However, the regatta has been moved to Poland because of weather and ice condition concerns.
Like Estonia, Poland is another country that takes ice sailing competition very seriously, they’ve even issued postage stamps that commemorated their ice sailing champions. This will be the 5th time the world championship has been held there. Poland is the home of arguably the greatest DN racer in the world, Karol Jablonski P36 who has placed the Gold Cup on his mantle for a record 11 (corrected from 10-thanks Martin) times. In the DN International Ranking System, there are 20 Europeans ranked in the top 10 and 8 of those are Poles. These top ranked Poles along with a slew of others from Europe and North America are gathering in Gyzecko, Poland hoping to take home the cup and deny Karol his 11th World Champion. The first day of racing begins on Sunday, February 25. I am writing this on the table in Joerg Bohn’s Sprinter camper (not so easy because the table is shaking as Joerg puts his foot into the gas pedal), heading east from Germany to Poland. We are joined by our friend Natali Burdukovskaya who handles scoring and tabulating duties for the Baikal regattas. Vice Commodore Warren Nethercote, Ron Sherry, and James “T” Theiler are somewhere ahead of us hauling a trailer full of boats. We will soon pass them at the pace we are going. Tonight, we will be in Poland.
More: In the Polish media.
Here’s an exciting video from the recent Polish Championship regatta to kick off the road to the DN Gold Cup and European Championship. The DN World Championship, which alternates between Europe and North America, will take place February 24 – March 3 somewhere in Europe. Poland’s Karol Jablonski P36 is the defending World and European champion and will be competing to take home his 12th Gold Cup. He’ll face a tough field by the looks of last weekend’s Polish Championship. (Results here) In the immortal word’s of The Icemaker, “It’s gonna be epic.”
Registered sailors for the 2018 Gold Cup
Sailors from North America making the trip are:
Chris Berger US5166
Bob Cummins US3433
Daniel Hearn US5353
Warren Nethercote KC3786
Ron Sherry US44
James “T” Thieler US5224
UPDATE #3, Feb 16, 2018 5 PM EST
Via Central Region Commodore Bill Cutting:
The recent warm up has taken its toll. Both Torch lake and East Grand Traverse bay suffered and have not completely healed. Several hazards were discovered on both so neither are deemed safe to race. Although both have been sailed over the last 3-4 days with no hazards discovered.
Via Central Region Commodore, Bill Cutting:US5430
The regatta is on for this weekend February 17-18, 2018. Official NOR and Sailing instructions to be posted this afternoon. Location: East Grand Traverse Bay Primary Launch: Traverse City State Park
UPDATE: Feb 16: Please contact Julie Richards for registration on the ice during the day Friday. Friday evening arrivals can register at the Sleep Inn beginning at 5:00 pm. Saturday arrivals please register prior to 9:00 am on the ice.
UPDATE #2: Feb 16: Start times for Saturday will be 11:00 am, not 10:00 am as stated in the Sailing Instructions.
Hotel: Sleep Inn 5520 US 31 N Acme Mi 231-938-7000 $95
NOTICE OF RACE Central Lakes Regional DN Championship Regatta February 18-19 North American Central Region
Organizing Authority International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association North American Central Region
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.
Sail number does not need to match fuselage number or skippers registered IDNIYRA number but does need to be unique to each skippers sail (no duplicates on course) -Skipper still needs to be a current member of IDNIYRA in good standing
Seven races per fleet – 3 race minimum in the Gold Fleet will constitute the regatta. Fleets – Gold and Silver Volunteer split for fleets if needed. Discard race after 5 races sailed.
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.
3. Site Information and Postings:
A. The primary site is East Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City Mi. B. Primary launch site: East Bay Park 200 E Bay Blvd S, Traverse city, Mi
C. Official regatta information, updates and accommodations:
4. Entry and Fee: Register on ice Friday and at the hotel Friday 5:00-6:30 and ON Ice Saturday before 9:00am $30 registration fee
5. Schedule of Events:
•Sat 10am Skippers Meeting •Sat 11am First start •Sunday 10:00am First start. No race will start after 3PM
6. Sailing instructions
7. Prizes To be awarded at the launch after the conclusion of racing.
8. Proof of Insurance
Proof of personal or race liability insurance ($300,000 minimum)
1. RULES 1) The 2018 Central Lakes Regional Championship and races will be governed by; the Racing Rules of the National Iceboat Authority (NIA), and the NIA Rule Interpretations; the Constitution, Specifications, By-Laws, and Racing Rules of the IDNIYRA, and the Notice of Race, except as modified by these sailing instructions. 2) Any further modifications to NIA or IDNIYRA prescriptions or these Sailing Instructions will be announced at a Skippers Meeting or by Official Notice posted on the Official Notice Board located at the launch site 3) Competitor’s failure to comply with the IDNIYRA requirements to display a sail number on the hull will not be subject to disqualification solely on the basis of non-compliance with that specification. 2. ENTRIES AND FLEET ASSIGNMENTS 1) Registration, proof of insurance and entry fee payment is required to compete. 2) Registration will take place Saturday, on the ice, at the launch site 3) The person whose name is on the entry shall be deemed skipper and must be a current IDNIYRA Member and use sails with the skipper’s assigned number or a discreet number unique to that boat. 4) Fleets will be split based on the volunteer basis with each skipper identifying the fleet they will race in on the entry form. 5) The Race Committee Chairman reserves the right to move boats between fleets based on balancing each fleets make-up and size. The fleet assignments and first race starting positions will be posted on the Official Notice Board.
1. Competitors who have never competed in or have not in the last ten years completed in a Regional Regatta, or NA are eligible to compete as a Rookie within the silver fleet. Competitors must declare their intent and eligibility to compete as a Rookie on the registration form. 3. OFFICIAL SCHEDULE AND RACE TIMES (Local Time) 1) A competitors meeting will be held, Saturday, at 9:30AM at the starting line. 2) Saturdays First Race Start is scheduled for 10:00 AM, and will be a Gold Fleet race. The second race will be a Silver Fleet race. Racing will continue alternating Gold, Silver. 3) Sunday’s first race start time, will be 10:00AM and the designated first fleet to race, will be posted on the Official Notice Board. 4) The Race Committee Chairman reserves the right to change the fleet rotation. Any changes in the rotation will be announced and posted on the Official Notice Board. 5) No Race will be started after one half hour before sunset. 6) Racing may cease earlier at the discretion of the Race Committee Chairman in consideration of; the sun angle, ambient light, and weather conditions that may cause visibility issues on the race course. 7) No race will start after 2:30PM on Sunday 4. RACES 1) It is intended that each fleet will race Seven (7) races, with three (3) Gold Fleet races being necessary for a complete regatta. 2) Low point scoring system will be used, with ne throw-out after five (5) races are completed – worst finish including DSC, DNS, DNF, will not be counted. 5. RACE COURSE 1) The designated Race Course shall be the NIA, INLINE COURSE with Darling Marks. The Western Region Race Course Format will be posted on the Official Notice Board and copies will be made available. The course may be subject to change as conditions warrant. 2) All courses will be WINDWARD / LEEWARD. 3) The race course length and number of laps will be announced by the Starter prior to each race. 6. RACE COURSE MARKS 1) The primary Windward and Leeward “Rounding Marks” consist of a tall tri-pod forming a triangular shape that is covered in-part by a fluorescent orange material. 2) The Windward and Leeward Darling Marks will consist of a shorter tri-pod forming a triangular shape that is covered by a fluorescent green material. 3) The Darling Marks will be located in line with the course/wind and typically 80 yards down wind of the windward mark and typically 80 yards up-wind of the leeward mark. 4) Competitors may note the mark’s characteristics and positioning by observing the Leeward Mark from the Starting Line Area prior to start of the racing. 5) If determined to be necessary two “Guard Cones” will located at the approaches to each Primary Mark (Orange Cones) and/or each Darling mark (Green Cones) to protect the marks. 6) If used the guard cones are be placed in close proximity to the marks and are to be considered part of the mark for the purposes of, NIA, Part IV Sailing Rules, and C. 3. 7. STARTING LINE 1) The Starting Line consists of a two section yellow polyethylene rope with each section having numbered tags attached at each start position. 2) The Right side start positions have odd numbers beginning at the line center as 1 and extending to start position number 49. 3) The Left side start positions have even numbers beginning at the line center as 2 and extending to start position number 50. 4) The ends of the starting line are marked by and orange line reel with an orange florescent flag. 8. NOTIFICATION OF AND PREPERATION FOR A RACE START 1) Prior to the finish of a race in progress, an announcement will be made and a Fleet Flag will be posted, near the starting line center identifying the next fleet to start. 2) When the fleet flag is raised that fleet’s competitors should prepare for racing by moving their boats to the assembly area, downwind of the starting line lining up with their start position. 3) When the race in progress finishes and the scorers leave their designated area the fleet in the assembly area will be called to move up to their starting positions at the front (windward) side of the starting line for the next start. 9. STARTING 1) The race committee starter will stand on a line between the starting line center and leeward mark. After a count of the starting fleet and determination that the skippers are in position, the starter will make a preparatory, multiple, sound signal aimed to the right side starters and then aimed to the left side starters. The starter will then make the announcements required by NIA Part II, E.3. to the right and left, after which a final single sound signal will be made to the right and left and after a short pause to assess readiness of the skippers, the starter will raise a checkered flag, quickly check right and left and after facing center will rapidly lower the flag for the start. 2) The starter may use discretion in not raising the flag immediately after the second sound signal to give a competitor who is not ready a “short” time interval to make ready. When ready a rapid signal left and right will indicate the flag is about to be raised. 3) If for reasons of safety or considerations under the NIA Racing Rules or IDNIYRA By-Laws the start is to be delayed after raising the flag, the starter will slowly withdraw or lower the flag. And announce that the fleet should stand by. 10. FINISHING AND TIME LIMITS 1) The finish line will be located “In-Line” with the course, extending from the Primary Leeward Mark downwind to an orange cone with an orange flag near the starting line center. 2) The length of the Finish Line is typically 70 yards however, the Finish Line may be longer where conditions warrant a longer finish line for safety reasons. 3) The finish of the first competitor will be indicated by the race committee displaying a checkered flag. 4) The “Bart Rule” will be in effect. Competitor’s that that cross the finish line after the first boat to finish, while the checkered flag is displayed, is considered to have completed the race, regardless of the number of laps that competitor has completed. 5) Lap and Total Race Time Limits will be based on a minimum time of 6-1/2 Minutes per Mile. (Example: 1 Mile Course, Lap equals 2 Miles, resulting in a maximum time limit of 13 minutes for each lap.) 6) All competitors must cross the finish line within 20 minutes of that races first competitor to finish. 10. SCORING 1) During a race the scorers will be located within a designated scoring area on the windward side of the starting line between start positions 2 and 4, marked by two green cones and the orange cone/flag near the line center, marking the end of the finish line. 2) Each competitors leeward mark rounding’s and finish for each race are recorded by two race committee scoring teams. Talking to the scorers during a race and or while preparing the final results is cause for disqualification from the regatta. 3) Any competitor’s concerns regarding scoring of a race shall be brought to the attention of the Race Committee Chairman. 11. RACE ABANDONMENT 1) A Black Flag displayed at the primary leeward mark shall signal abandonment of the race in progress for any reason including competitor safety and failure of the first boat to make the time limit. 2) Where a race is abandoned the next fleet to start shall be the next fleet in the rotation 12. COURSE CHANGE 1) If the Race Committee Chairman determines that a start line alignment or course change is required a Red Flag will be displayed. 2) When the red flag is displayed all competitors shall move and remain at a sufficient distance from the starting line area to provide the race committee a clear view to make any required adjustments. 3) When the race committee has completed the change the fleet flag for the next fleet to start will be raised and competitor’s shall move to their starting positions on the windward side of the line. 4) Failure to comply may be cause for a competitor’s disqualification from the regatta. 13. PROTESTS 1) Competitors are to proceed with intended protests consistent with all considerations of the IDNIYRA BY–LAWS and Part V, of the NIA, Racing Rules. 2) A competitor shall make his intent to protest known, and identify the competitor being protested, to the Race Committee Chairman immediately after the race in which the rule infringement occurred. At that time the race chairman will provide a Protest Form to be completed by the competitor making the protest. 3) Upon Notification the Race Committee Chairman will post a Notice on the Official Notice Board identifying the competitor’s intent to protest and the competitor being protested. 4) A written protest must be filed with the Race Committee Chairman as soon as practical but, within two hours of the close of racing for that day. The Race Committee Chairman will be available at the launch area to accept written protests after the close of racing. 5) At receipt of the completed protest form(s) the Race Committee Chairman will present the form(s) to the Chief Judge, who will post a notice on the Official Notice Board identifying the time and place for hearing the individual protests. 14. RACING REMINDERS 1) TACKING AT THE START OF A RACE: At the start, a competitor shall not cross the imaginary line between the center of the starting line and the leeward mark before rounding the windward make for the first time. 2) DARLING MARKS: While racing, crossing the imaginary line between the Darling Marks and the associated Windward and Leeward mark are grounds for disqualification. 3) INLINE FINISH: The finish line extends downwind from the leeward mark to an orange cone/flag near the starting line center. The area after crossing the finish line extending along the windward side of the odd number starting line at the width of the finish line, shall be considered a safety zone. After crossing the finish line competitors shall proceed through that zone and round the end of the odd numbered starting line and proceed to the staging area. Do not sail over the start line at any time. 15. AWARDS 1) Trophy presentation will follow competition of the final race in the Launch area or as announced. Trophies will be awarded to the top ten finishers in each fleet, top Junior (age 24 or under at registration), Top Rookie, and for age categories of Senior, Master, and Grand Master
Current Issue: February 2018
Published and delivered all in the same day, here’s the mid-season edition of the IDNIYRA Newsletter, Runner Tracks for your perusal. That’s 2018 DN North American Silver Fleet champion, Steve Madden, on the cover; photo by Gretchen Dorian.
- 2018 North Americans Recap by Mike Bloom
- Minutes from the 2018 Annual Meeting
- Western Region Regatta
When someone asks you about DN sailing, all you need to do is take our your phone, dial up YouTube, and show them this extraordinary video created by Jeff Turick. DN sailor Dave Elsmo of Madison, WI put it this way, “This is what it’s about. We might not know why, but we are drawn to it”.
Drone footage from previous Gold Cup champion, Jeff Kent, who knows the best place to watch an iceboat race is at the weather mark.
As promised, from Up North Imaging Drone Photography, 5 minutes of the regatta from the air.
It was an amazing day for aerial shots too. Photographer Charles Dawley’s Flickr page is filled with one great shot after another from the event. Watch for some drone video footage from him as well.