DN Tech Talk: 55 Thoughts on Planks

Tomek Zakrzewski P55 shares his thoughts on planks in this outstandingly edited video.  If you have questions or comments, please leave feedback on the YouTube page (NOT Facebook) and Tomek will respond.

Runner plank plays a key role in developing top speed of an ice boat.

Iceboat Swap Meets Oct 24 & Nov 7

The flag is up for next Saturday’s swap meets. There are two North American iceboat swap meets scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2020 and one for November 7. Swap meets are one of the best ways to meet local ice sailors and find your first DN iceboat.

New England Ice Yacht Club Swap Meet
Saturday, October 24
10 AM
Thompson Motor Speedway Golf Course
205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277
We will have lots of outdoor space for the swap meet, Lunch, and our Annual Meeting. You don’t have to come inside if you are not comfortable doing so but everyone should meet up in the parking lot. You do not have to be a member to attend the swap or other activities.
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Green Lake Ice Yacht Club
Saturday, October 24
10 AM – 2 PM
Green Lake Town Square Parking Lot
Green Lake, WI
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Delavan Yacht Club
Saturday, November 7, 2020
10 AM – 3 PM
Location: Delavan Yacht Club
1501 Cedar Point Drive
Delavan, WI
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Updated 2021 Gold Cup Q&As

Prevous: 2021 Gold Cup Q & As 12 August

COVID 19 continues to affect our everyday activities of life, whether home, work or leisure.  How will it affect our coming hard water season and what are the IDNIYRA Governing Committee’s plans?  Here are a few Q&As to help keep you informed.

Q: Will the 2021 Gold Cup happen?

A: We don’t know yet, but we have plans in place and a decision-making schedule.  There are also decision-making schedules for the North American and European Championships.

Q: What is the decision-making process and schedule?

A: The Governing Committee will hold a conference call on November 24th, 2020 to decide whether the Gold Cup (24 – 30 January, 2021) can be held and the decision will be published forthwith after the meeting.  This allows two months lead time for the regatta, both for the organizers and for those competitors who need to plan international travel.

If the Governing Committee decides that the Gold Cup cannot be held, we will plan on running a 14-race North American Championship like years where the Gold Cup is in Europe.  Of course, a North American championship requires that both Americans and Canadians be able to attend, at the very least, but given that Americans and Canadians normally drive to the event the go/no go decision can be made several weeks later than November 25th.

If the Governing Committee decides that the North American Championship cannot be held, we will plan on running a US-based, US Championship during the same period as the scheduled Gold Cup and North American Championship.  Canadian members might decide to run a Canadian regatta in the same period.

The IDNIYRA EU National Secretaries will hold a conference call on December 19th 2020 when they will decide whether the European Championship (21 – 26 February, 2021) can be held.

Q: What criteria will the Governing Committee use for decision-making?

A: The key criterion for decision making is whether people can travel.  As of October 11th, 2020:

  • The Canada-US land border was closed to non-essential travel (with a few exceptions),
  • Most Europeans were prohibited from entering the US for non-essential travel,
  • All non-Canadian citizens or permanent residents were prohibited from entering Canada for non-essential travel,
  • Americans were either prohibited from entering European countries, or could enter some countries only after quarantine,
  • Some American States and Canadian Provinces had internal travel restrictions or quarantine requirements, and
  • Many European countries had travel restrictions or quarantine requirements for travel within Europe.

Under these conditions, neither the Gold Cup nor the two Continental Championships (North American and European) could be held.  How can you hold a World or a Continental championship when no international competitors can attend?  It would fail the most basic measure of fairness.

As of October 13, 2020, we are seeing increasing numbers of COVID 19 cases internationally.  Should this increasing trend be reversed, governments may be prepared to relax border restrictions and quarantine requirements.  Re-opening the Canada/US land border to recreational travel would allow a North American Championship to be held.  Re-opening of trans-Atlantic travel would be required for the Gold Cup to be held.

Q: Does the Governing Committee have contingency plans?

A: Yes.

We are planning for the best case of a Gold Cup and the North American Championship but prepared to run just a North American Championship or a US Championship.  Our Race Committee volunteers are predominantly American and Jody Kjoller, our Vice-Commodore, is prepared to step in for John Curtis, our Canadian Regatta Chair, should travel restrictions remain.

Whatever happens we recognize that our registration numbers may be lower than normal so we will endeavor to reduce regatta costs and fees.  We expect that public health considerations may reduce or even prohibit large indoor social gatherings, which would coincidently reduce our financial risk.  We are also considering delaying purchase of keeper prizes until after registrations are known, even if it means that prizes are mailed to recipients after the event.

Q: If we do not hold the 2021 Gold Cup, where will it be in 2022?

A: The Regatta Management Agreement, Paragraph 7(a) says that the regatta be held “alternating between continents, even if the previous event was not sailed.”  If COVID 19 forces cancellation of the Gold Cup it is no different than losing the regatta due to a snowstorm.  So IDNIYRA EU will host the 2022 Gold Cup.

Q: If we do not hold any ranking regattas what will it do to my ranking?

A: Potentially, ‘nothing’.  Your rank is based upon your best finish in the previous two Gold Cups, North American or European Championships, so if an event is not held, the two previous events still count for ranking purposes.

Please feel free to engage the Governing Committee if you have further questions.  We are committed to offer racing this winter subject to constraints that might be imposed by COVID 19.

Fresh Ice in Norway Today

Photo: The Dutch Ice Finder

Black ice, the holy grail of ice conditions with miraculous powers treasured by DN sailors, made an appearance in Juvvanet, Norway today. Credit to the “Dutch Ice Finder – an avid skater who traveled to Norway on a hunch that the lake would freeze for sharing his photos on his Facebook page.
The season will be here sooner than you think, DN Nation! 



DN Tech Talk: Gluing Chocks to a Runner Plank

Here’s one method explained on video by Tomek Zakrzewski P55 of how to glue the chocks that hold the runners to a DN plank.

This episode of DN Tech Talk is result of several requests I received from sailors from North America and Sweden. I tried to cover this challenging topic within 30 minutes. Hope you learn something and enjoy watching.

Notice of Electronic Ballot

2020 North American Championship Race Committee Photo: GretchenDorian

In a few days, you will be receiving an electronic ballot via email from the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association. We have sent an email to confirm that your email address is correct. If you did receive the email, there’s no need to reply. If you have not received the email from the IDNIYRA, please check your spam folder. If it’s not in the spam folder, please email to to let us know.

In the coming days, please watch your inbox for the invitation to vote email so that you can vote on the following 6 proposals:

1. Regatta Management: Fleet seeding

2. EPIC Agreement: Sustainability

3. Specifications: Hull Cross Section

4. Specifications: Steering Post Head

5. Specifications: Sail Window

6. Specifications: National Flags on Sails

The proposals are detailed in the September 2020 issue of Runner Tracks

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Notice of Dues 2021

“To promote, protect and perpetuate DN one design iceboating, to advance the art and skill of the DN ice yacht construction and sailing as well as the future development of the DN class ice yacht and the sport of ice yachting on all the hard waters of the world.”                        Photo: Sean R. Heavey

You are a crucial part of the number one ice sailing class in the world. Your dues support this website, the class newsletter Runner Tracks, and the class yearbook. Your dues help to maintain the value of your DN and make you eligible to vote in officer elections and class business. You must be a member of the IDNIYRA to compete at regional and continental regattas. Members will receive a membership card and a sticker in the mail sometime in December.

Members are reminded that the upcoming electronic ballot that was announced in the September Runner Tracks will be based upon membership as of September 1st and will use the same voters list as Spring 2020 election of officers.

Thank you for supporting the IDNIYRA.
Membership levels:
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2 Year: $51
3 Year: $76

For those who want to give a little bit extra to help support  promotional, regatta, and basic class expenses.
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2 Year: $76
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Steve Orlebeke in Seahorse Magazine: “Careful What You Wish For”


Steve Orlebeke US4926 at the 2020 North American Championship on Fort Peck Reservoir, Fort Peck, Montana. Photo: Gretchen Dorian.

DN iceboats in the press alert!  Seahorse Magazine has an article by Steve Orlebeke about our sport.

Not many sailors only ever have one go in a DN ice yacht. US sailor Steve Orlebeke explains why…

One hundred kilometres per hour downwind in 15kt of breeze. That’s what got me hooked. And I am terribly hooked.

This past January I drove 1,000 miles from Wisconsin across Minnesota and North Dakota to a lake in eastern Montana to sail in the North American DN Championship. Some sailors drove over 2,000 miles from the east coast including regatta winner James Thieler.  Read more.

September 2020 Newsletter Runner Tracks Published

Runner Tracks

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Current Issue: September 2020

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  • Annual 2020 IDNIYRA Governing Meeting Minutes
  • Making the Best of Spring Ice by Mike Madge KC5449
  • Minutes from the 2020 European Secretaries Meeting
  • A Summary of Proposals from the European Secretaries Meeting
  • 2021 IDNIYRA International Ranking List

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  • Western Region Championship January 2, 2021 – January 3, 2021 Location: Best ice in MN, WI, or IL
  • Gold Cup & NA Championship January 24, 2021 – January 30, 2021 Host: Canada & US Eastern Region
  • European Championship February 21, 2021 – February 26, 2021


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