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2024 DN NA Day 5 – AM- Update – The Last Day


PROVISIONAL RESULTS
It seems it has been a while since the North American DN class had a consistent week of winds, allowing for racing opportunities each day. Yesterday was no exception, with both fleets completing four races amidst sunny skies which brought back balmy (by iceboating standards) temperatures, a welcome change after Wednesday’s brutal cold.

The frigid 10°F temperature during the morning kept the ice bumpy, leading to some equipment failures. It was a challenging day for the racing marks, as both leeward and windward marks were damaged when hit during racing.

On Day 5, Matt Struble leads the Gold fleet while Bill Cutting holds a strong lead in the Silver fleet as we prepare to head to the lake.

DAY 5, FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2024 UPDATE FROM THE RACE COMMITTEE
Please plan on 9 AM skippers meeting and 10 am first race start. The Race Committee will asses the race-ability of the predicted high winds in the morning.

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2024 DN NA Day 4 – AM- Update – Spring Forward Again

Guy Lovejoy US4638 & Brian Jones US1576. Photo – Kim Hormell Jones

PROVISIONAL RESULTS
After a brief two-hour postponement, competitors and the Race Committee faced the sub-zero temperatures and adapted to the ever-changing weather conditions. The shifty winds added an extra element of excitement to the day’s racing, especially when PRO Pat Heppert shortened the course from 1.2 to 1 mile after the fourth Silver race. With lead changes and tight roundings keeping the scoring team on their toes, the competition was as intense as ever.

Jody Kjoller emerged as the dominant force in the Silver fleet, securing victory in all four races. Meanwhile, Matt Struble won the first three races of the day in the Gold fleet, while Ron Sherry won the final race.

Looking ahead to today, the forecast promises more spring-like temperatures accompanied by a 10-15 mph south wind, setting the stage for another day of racing.

DAY 4, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2024 UPDATE FROM THE RACE COMMITTEE
9 AM skippers meeting with 10 AM first race. Silver fleet races first. The wind will be form the south, so the starting line will be two miles from the launch. Please plan accordingly.

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2024 DN NA Day 3 Update – We’re Not in San Diego Anymore

Video screenshot of Gold fleet weather mark rounding from Facebook.

PROVISIONAL RESULTS
Once again, Mother Nature has surprised us with its ever-changing conditions. What started as slushy ice at Monday’s end hardened overnight, presenting us with a different challenge on Tuesday morning. Under bright, sunny skies, the Race Committee wasted no time setting the course for the day’s races, anticipating the forecasted breeze. Despite a calm start during the skipper’s meeting, the wind gradually picked up, providing more than enough momentum for the Silver fleet’s third race around 10 AM. The Silver fleet race was exciting with the top boats exchanging lead changes. Bill Cutting, David Frost, and Ed Demerest took the top three positions.

As clouds gathered in the northwest, signaling a shift in weather, the winds strengthened throughout the Silver fleet race. By the time the Gold fleet took the course, it was blustery. Matt Struble once again showcased his dominance, describing the day’s sailing as an “Interesting day today with the breeze a little over the boat’s capabilities. Fast forward sailing…” Behind him, Ron Sherry secured a commanding second place, followed by Steve Orlebeke.

Last night, the DN class annual meeting convened at the regatta headquarters. During the session, Junior Sailing Director Sam Bartel took the floor, sharing his innovative ideas on how class members can actively contribute to the advancement of junior sailing.

With temperatures dropping to 3°F this morning, a stark contrast to Monday’s high of 61°F, we await what day three of the 2024 DN North American Championship will bring on Lake Waconia in Minnesota.

DAY 3, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2024 UPDATE FROM THE RACE COMMITTEE
The skippers meeting will be at 9AM. The Race Committee will decide at that point whether or not to postpone for temperature, but be ready!
BANQUET: Join us tonight, Wednesday, February 28, at 6 PM at Lola’s Lakehouse, 318 E Lake St, Waconia, MN.

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2024 DN North American Day 1 Video Recap

Ice Sailing – Lake Waconia, MN 2/26/24 from Epic Aerial Productions on Vimeo.
We are excited to share a bird’s eye view video capturing the action from the first day of the 2024 DN North American championship. Many thanks to competitor Peter Norton KA2, a professional videographer who brought this opportunity to the attention of his colleagues at Epic Aerial Productions, who flew their drone over Lake Waconia on Monday.

DN NA – Day 1 Update & Schedule for Day 2, Tuesday, Feb 27

 Good Day Sunshine – photo Julie Jankowski

PROVISIONAL RESULTS
The 2024 DN North American Championship’s opening day was met with warm weather in Waconia, MN, with the high reaching 61°F.
Two races were successfully completed in both the Gold and Silver fleets. However, as the day progressed, the wind began to dwindle, and the ice softened under the unseasonably warm temperatures. The Race Committee called day one a wrap in the early afternoon. Scores are being tabulated and will be posted here. (Tabulator Ann Foeller has joined us on the ice as part of the scoring team for this regatta and will tabulate at the end of each day.)

San Diego’s Matt Struble US183, the defending champion who won both Gold fleet races, must have felt right at at home in the balmy temperatures. Bill Cutting US5430 and Matt Meyer US5646 each won in Silver. Stay tuned for more updates as the 2024 DN North American Championship unfolds.
Follow the DN North American Facebook for live updates.

SCHEDULE FOR DAY 2, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2024
The race committee will reassess the ice hardness on Tuesday morning, and we will try to get some racing done before the wind comes up too much. There will be a 9 AM skippers meeting at the launch, and 10 AM first race start. Silver fleet goes first Tuesday.

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2024 DN North American Championship Day 1 Starting Positions


2024 North American Championship
Lake Waconia, Waconia, MN
SCHEDULE

Schedule for Monday, February 26, 2024
9 AM Skippers Meeting at the Launch
10 AM First Qualifier Race
Due to warm temperatures we need to be prompt and make every effort to make this happen on time. The starting line will be approximately two miles from the launch.

2024 DN North American Championship Information

Photo: Catherine Firmbach

The 2024 DN North American Championship regatta is called on for Waconia Lake in Waconia, Minnesota.
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DN North American Championship
EVENT PAGE
Dates: February 25 – March 2, 2024
Location: Lake Waconia, Waconia MN
Launch: Lake Waconia Regional Park
8170 Paradise Ln, Waconia, MN 55387
ATTENTION: DO NOT DRIVE ON THE ICE. THERE WILL BE AN ATV TO TAKE YOUR TRAILER ON THE ICE.

Lodging:
Regatta Headquarters:
AmeriVu Inn and Suites
952-442-8787
550 Cherry Dr, Waconia, MN 55387
Room rate: $90.99 plus tax and fees
Room type: Either King or 2 Queens
Cancellation Policy: Same day by no later than 11am.
Tell them you are with the DN Iceboat Regatta to get the discount

AmericInn by Wyndham Chanhassen, MN
612-293-6930

Country Inn & Suites Chanhassen, MN
952-937-2424

Super 8 by Wyndham Chaska, MN
1-952-448-7030

Register: Click here to register online.

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, February 25, 2024
Online Registration and Check In closes at 8 PM CT at Regatta Headquarters, AmeriVu Inn and Suites
Check-in is a must! If you’ve registered, paid, and submitted insurance but can’t make the 8 PM check-in deadline, call Ann Foeller at 1-419-705-0959 or Deb Whitehorse at 1-608-347-2513 by 8 PM on Sunday, February 25. Speak to either Ann or Deb to ensure your stickers are ready for collection in the morning.

Monday, February 26, 2024
9 AM Skipper’s Meeting
10 AM First Qualifying Race

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Notice of Race
Sailing Instructions
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2024 DN North American Championship Called ON for Waconia, MN


REGISTER FOR THE 2024 DN NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP
We are pleased to announce the primary site for the upcoming DN North American Championship ahead of schedule.

The primary site for the championship will be Lake Waconia in Waconia, MN, and we will continue to scout ice in Minnesota for backup sites.

We want to thank Eastern Lakes Commodore James “T” Thieler and dedicated ice checkers Bill Bucholz, Jeff Roseberry and Paul Chamberland on the East Coast for their efforts. While the championship was originally slated to take place in the east, the unpredictable weather conditions and a lack of big ice have led us to select a location in Minnesota.

We want to thank Minnesota sailors Mike Bloom and Sam Bartel for their extensive windshield time and ice scouting over the last few days.

Consider arriving early to compete in the oldest ice yacht regatta in North America, the Northwest, a 3-day regatta. Where else can you sail a regatta for $16 and see Skeeters and Stern-Steerers? Registration will open tomorrow,  Information here.

Stay tuned for further updates and detailed information about lodging, launch, etc.

See you on the ice!

WHAT TO KNOW
2024 DN North American Championship Event page
Dates: Feb 25 – March 2
Primary Site: Lake Waconia, Waconia, MN
Launch: TBA
Lodging: TBA
Schedule: 

  • Sunday, February 25, 2024, Check-in 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm local time: Location to be listed on the IDNIYRA website.
  • Monday, February 26, 2024 first race at time stated in sailing instructions.
  • Saturday, March 2, 2024, racing is concluded.

IDNIYRA BY LAWS
Racing Rules

C) b) When not held in conjunction with the Gold Cup, the North American Championship regatta is held during a specific week, beginning on a Monday and ending on Friday, with Saturday as a reserve day. If 3 races in all fleets have not been completed by sundown on Friday, racing shall be continued until sundown on Saturday. 

Thinking About Registering Last Minute for the North Americans?


Deadline Alert: Waiting Until the Last Minute to Register for the DN North American Championship? Here’s what you need to know:

Registration for the 2024 DN North American Championship event closes on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at 8 PM Local Time. Don’t wait until the last minute – secure your spot now!

Registration Details:

Insurance Submission:

  • Send your insurance proof to proofdn@gmail.com This step is essential for your eligibility to compete.

Check-In Information:

  • Check-in is a must! If you’ve registered, paid, and submitted insurance but can’t make the 8 PM check-in deadline, call Ann Foeller at 1-419-705-0959 or Deb Whitehorse at 1-608-347-2513 by 8 PM on Sunday, February 25. Speak to either Ann or Deb to ensure your stickers are ready for collection in the morning.

Spread the word and ensure all participants are aware of these crucial details. For any inquiries or assistance, feel free to contact us. secretary.idniyra@gmail.com

See you at the DN North American Championships.

Site Selection Update #1 for the 2024 North American Championship


Last night, the IDNIYRA Governing Group met to discuss the site selection for the 2024 North American Championship. A weather system is currently moving across the eastern part of the United States. Despite the usual challenges, we remain committed to finding the perfect location for the championship.

We are sending scouts to explore potential New England and Northern Minnesota sites and are monitoring conditions in Northern Michigan. On Tuesday, we have a conference call scheduled with a weather service to discuss the long-range forecast for the regatta. At present, we do not have a primary site secured. However, we are working hard to finalize our decision and plan to announce the chosen venue on Wednesday night, February 21, 2024.

Your assistance in this process is invaluable. If you have any information regarding potential regatta ice, please do not hesitate to contact your regional commodore. Stay tuned for further updates as we navigate through this process together.

Regional Commodores
Host Region – Eastern  – James “T” Thieler t_thieler@yahoo.com
Canada – Colin Duncan – colinduncan439@gmail.com
Central Region – Peter Johanson – petejoh@med.umich.edu
Western Region – Chris Berger – berg820@yahoo.com

2024 DN World Champions – Michał Burczyński P114, Gustav Linden S887 DN Jr, Aaron Poolma C1 Ice Opti

Gold (A) fleet top ten. Photo Eesti Jääpurjetamise Liit

Congratulations to all competitors including Silver (B) fleet champion Oscar Lindell L132 and Bronze (C) fleet champion Niklas Philipson S885.The European Championship is taking place today. There is a live stream on Youtube.
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