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2022 Central Region Championship Scheduled for December

Sean R Heavey: 2022 DN US Nationals &emdash; Heavey__A733306

The Central Lakes Regatta has been postponed until December 2022. Be sure to put those runners away sharp and be ready to go early because we will have the 2022 Central Regatta in December.

Enjoy your summer and see everyone in December.

IDNIYRA Central Lakes Rear Commodore

Sailjuice.com: Oskar Svensson – the 18 year old future of Ice Yachting

Mike Madge interviews Oskar Svensson, the 18-year-old Swedish sailor who has had an incredible season, including third in the 2021 Swedish Championship, third in the Worlds, first at the Finnish Championships, and first at the DN Junior Worlds and European Championships. Oskar joined Poland’s Michal Burczynski as the youngest sailors to have a podium finish at the DN World Championship, while Lukasz Zakrzewski was 21 years old for his first podium finish. Watch on Youtube.

2022 DN Western Region Championship Awards

Gold Fleet. From left,1st Chris Berger, 2nd Daniel Hearn, 5th Dave Glick, 4th Skip Dieball, and 3rd Mike Bloom. Photos: Erin Bury

RESULTS
Congratulations to all competitors who made the trip to Clear Lake, Iowa, for the 2022 Western Region Championship. PRO Pat Heppert predicted that the wind would cooperate on Sunday, and he was right. We were able to bang off four more races on Sunday morning. Thanks to Pat and Ron Rosten for helping with RC duties.

Silver Fleet: From left, 3rd Matt Meyer, 2nd Bob Rast, 1st Alex Peterson, 5th Martha Croasdale, and 4th Erin Bury.

Western Region Commodore Chris Berger and Pat Heppert.

’22 Westerns: Rough ‘n Ready

Chris Berger and Tim Dixon take off for glory.

Provisional Results

The first day of the Western Region Championship began with a delay to let the temperatures warm up. PRO Pat Heppert dropped the flag at 11 AM for a combined Gold and Silver fleet lineup. Many lead changes made for exciting racing. Pat and I weren’t sure who would take the checkers until the last lap. Daniel Hearn found the shifts at the right time and won all three races in the Gold fleet. Alex Peterson was the top placing Silver fleet. As predicted, the winds built and with rougher ice made conditions too dicey for racing. There will be a skipper’s meeting at 8:30 AM on Sunday, and the first race will take place at 9 AM. The whole gang is getting together for dinner soon in Clear Lake, where we’ll relive each lap and talk more about our favorite subject. Many thanks to our fast tabulators, Ann and Bob Foeller who hold the fort over in Toledo.

 

’22 Westerns Called ON for March 12-13 @ Clear Lake, IA

Sean R Heavey: 2022 DN US Nationals &emdash; Heavey__A733316
Via Western Region Commodore Chris Berger:

The Western Region Championship is called on.
Clear Lake, Iowa. Register here.

Just when we thought it wasn’t going to happen, we found some ice in Iowa. It is late in the season and the ice isn’t perfect, but it is 16″ thick and sailable. It is reported to be rough, but no launchers. Rated about a 5. Again, it is not perfect but it is all we have. So, lets get out there and sail it while we still can.

What to Know
REGISTRATION
NOR
Sailing Instructions
Provisional Results

Date: March 12-13, 2022
Clear Lake, Iowa
Launch:
Lekwa Marsh Access – Roll trailers onto the ice
There will be a map posted with hazards.

Lodging:
Microtel Inn & Suites
1305 N 25th St, Clear Lake, IA 50428
+16413570966

AmericInn
1406 N 25th St, Clear Lake, IA 50428
+16413578954

Best Western
2023 7th Ave N, Clear Lake, IA 50428
+16413575253


Schedule:
(UPDATED on Saturday, March 12 at 6:30 AM. Skipper’s meeting was postponed because of temperature.)
Saturday, March 12: 10 AM Skippers Meeting, Gold fleet start to follow.
Sunset is 6:16 PM
Sunday, March 13: 9 AM first race

Ice Report via Pat Heppert:  Ice thickness is 20″ except the open water from the two large permanent aerators on the lake.  Please see map! The good news is that we have a massive area and no issues getting a 1 mile course if desired. The surface of the ice is very flat, but rough. What that means is that there is not very much up and down that is the boat wrecking, airborne kind, but the surface is very rough, and it will make a ton of noise, no doubt. Perfectly acceptable for late season DN racing, but this is not Hollywood ice. I give it an official rating of 4.5, but keep in mind that is coming from a non-ranked sailor. I put blades on the ice today with my freeskate windsurfer. Top speed 36 MPH today, probably averaged 25 – 30 MPH. No issues with my little 2″ blades. I let go with both hands, balanced on the harness, and closed my eyes to try to better judge the roughness, and really it was just super rumbly, but no excessive forces transmitted to the board. If I can do it standing up, then you too can do it in your DN. FAIR WARNING. Rough ice is not for everybody, but I have no issues recommending this ice to friends, and most report I am generally conservative with my reports. Again, ice rating 4.5. Forecast is good.”

Clear Lake, Iowa Map showing launch and hazards. (click to enlarge.)

2022 Central Region Championship Postponed

Sean R Heavey: 2022 DN US Nationals &emdash; IMG_1257
Via IDNIYRA Central Region Commodore Rob Holman:

The 2022 Central Lakes championship regatta for the weekend of March 12-13, has been postponed. Please keep me informed of any sailable ice in the Central Region and we will try again.

Next update will be on Wednesday, March16, after 3 PM ET.

Rob Holman
IDNIYRA Central Region Commodore

Oskar Svensson (DN) & Aron Poolma (Ice Optimist) Win Junior World Championships

DN Junior World Champion Oskar Svensson S714. Photo: Valeri Larinov

IDNIYRA Europe Report & Results
The 2022 Junior DN and Ice Optimist World Championships have concluded in Haapsalu, Estonia. Sweden’s Oskar Svensson S714 continued his remarkable season by winning the DN Junior title. Five-time winner Rasmus Maaliin C20 of Estonia placed a close second, only one point behind Oskar. Oskar led the IDNIYRA World Championship in Norway until the last day and finished third. On his way to Estonia, Oskar won the Finnish Championship.
Familiarize yourself with these names because you’ll be seeing Oskar and Rasmus at the top of the Gold Fleet in the coming years.

Ice Optimist World Champion Aron Poolma C3, of Estonia. Photo: Valeri Larinov

 

 

2022 Central Region Championship Postponed

Paul Goodwin round the mark on Anchor Bay in Michigan on February 28, 2022. Photo: cefirmbach.com

Via IDNIYRA Central Region Commodore Rob Holman:

Central Lakes Regatta for this weekend has been postponed. Please keep me informed of any sailable ice in the Central Region and we will try again.

Next update will be Wednesday, March 9 after 3 PM ET.

Ron Sherry sailing his DN on Anchor Bay in Michigan on February 28, 2022. Photo cefirmbach.com

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