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IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU Autumn 2021 Ballot

John Atkins sets the starting line. Photo: Catherine Firmbach

This is the announcement of a combined ballot for members of IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU, although North American and European results will be available separately.

North American IDNIYRA members were sent a test email this morning (4 October) to check email addresses. If you did not receive the test email, please check your spam folder. If you didn’t receive the test email, please contact secretary.idniyra@gmail.com.

At their Spring 2020 meeting, the IDNIYRA EU National Secretaries supported sending six measures to a ballot of the members. [See September 2020 Runner Tracks.] Three of the six were voted upon in November 2020. Further work was required on the other proposed changes to the Official Specifications, and two of them have been reviewed by the Technical Committee and submitted for the fall 2021 ballot. The third proposal was submitted by Chad Atkins US4487. [See December 2020 Runner Tracks.]

The three proposals to change the Specifications are: 

1. Changing G.14 Sail Window size.
Current:
G14. A window in the sail is required. The window may be any shape and placed in several sections.
English Metric
Area (sq. in. and sq. cm.)
Max Min Max Min
1000 100 6452 645
Change to:
G14. A window in the sail is required. The window may be any shape and placed in several sections.
English Metric
Area (sq. in. and sq. cm.)
Max Min Max Min
1250 100 8064.5 645
Reasoning:
“A 25% increase in maximum window size would give the opportunity to greatly reduce blind-spots between the mast and in front of the sail window without sacrificing the running window. With increased forward visibility when the rig is bent out and the sail is set low on the mast, our sport would be significantly safer.”

2. Adding I. Fittings Steering-Post Head Break-Away Requirement
Current:
None
Add:
I. Fittings: The steering post head shall incorporate a safety feature to release the tiller forward upon impact to the skipper’s body.
Reasoning:
“One of the most dangerous situations in case of an accident is when the skipper falls on the tiller. Even with helmets it can poke or puncture many parts of the head or upper body during a crash or a sudden stop. Unfortunately, there have been accidents in the last few seasons in which the lack of this feature proved to cause several horrific injuries that could have been easily avoided. The forward-open steering post-head is a widely used solution in the DN class but currently only on a voluntary basis. A “safety slot” or other mandatory solution that would allow the tiller to fall out on a harder strike or impact has proven to save skippers from these kinds of injuries and would make our sport significantly safer.”

3. Changing A30 National Letter and Sail Number
Current:
A30. National letter and sail number shall be affixed to each side of the fuselage below the mast stepping point. Color shall contrast with the fuselage and each letter and number shall be a minimum of 5.5 inches (140 mm) high and 0.7874 inches (20 mm) wide
Change to:
A30. National letter and sail number is optional and may be affixed to each side of the fuselage below the mast stepping point. If a national sail letter and sail number are affixed to the fuselage, the color shall contrast with the fuselage and the recommended size of each letter and number is 5.5 inches (140 mm) high and 0.79 inches (20 mm) wide. National letters and sail numbers affixed to the fuselage should match those on the sails, except for boats loaned or chartered for a regatta.
Reasoning:
“Scorers and Race Committee personnel do not use these hull identification graphics very often for lap management, scoring or collision assessment as originally intended. Also as we saw at the 2019 G C Rule A30 currently makes lending equipment to sailors more difficult with possible SI amendments needed from the OA. The proposed number sizing is ‘recommended’ so that variances in size of optional numbers would not be subject to protest.”

Members of IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU who were in good standing as of 1 September 2021 are eligible to vote and can expect to receive an electronic ballot invitation at their email address on file with IDNIYRA or IDNIYRA EU. The ballot will be open from 1200 Central time, 7 October 2021 to 1200 Central time, 21 October 2021. To pass, a proposal must receive at least 2/3rds yes votes. Any measures passed will come into effect on 31 May 2022.

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2021 Iceboat Swap Meets


Iceboat swap meets are a perfect opportunity for you to learn more about the sport, buy your first DN, or upgrade your equipment. From Minnesota to Connecticut, there’s a swap meet near you.

NEW ENGLAND: Thompson, CT, Saturday, October 23, 2021 10 AM
Thompson Speedway Golf Course, 205 E Thompson Rd, Thompson, CT 06277
MAP
Go fast ice time is coming and our annual meeting and banquette is on for Saturday October 23rd. What more fitting place for speed seekers than a race track? The NEIYA is made up of the people and the history we share, camaraderie, fellowship, spirited competition, and sailing together. Come out and welcome in the upcoming 2022 Season. The NEIYA annual meeting has been going on for four decades. It is a gather of new and experienced ice boaters, a great place to buy or sell equipment and catch up with old friends and make new one.
MORE INFORMATION

WISCONSIN: Madison, Sunday, October 31, 2021 9 AM – Noon
MAP
The 4LIYC is sponsoring the southern Wisconsin Iceboat Swap Meet this year at Daniel Hearn’s office on October 31 from 9:00 – noon. Company name is Stephan & Brady Strategic Marketing; address is 1352 E. Wilson St., Madison. Hoping for nice weather, so we can open up the overhead doors. Food and beverages will be served. There is no charge for participating. This is the day to swap, buy, or sell new and used iceboats and misc. equipment. Boat builders & hardware manufacturers will display new products. For more info, email debwhitehorse@iceboat.org
Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club
36th Annual Southern Wisconsin Swap Meet (founded by the Skeeter Iceboat Club of Lake Geneva, WI)
Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Time 9:00 to Noon
Location: 1352 E. Wilson St. Madison, WI
MORE INFORMATION

MICHIGAN: Muskegon Yacht Club, Saturday, November 6, 2021  9 AM – 2 PM
3198 Edgewater St, Muskegon, MI 49441
MAP
ANNUAL COMBINED SWAP MEET
West Michigan Ice Yacht Club
Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club
Grand Traverse Ice Yacht Club
This year its at the Muskegon Yacht Club, Muskegon, Michigan.
Every year since 1975, winter sailors from throughout the Midwest converge on November’s first Saturday to kick off the new season.
Complete Iceboats on exhibit…. see some current day and historical iceboats. Lunch is available for a small fee with tickets for the raffle of iceboat needed parts and useful seasonal items for the sport. The lunch buffet is provided by the main kitchen of the Muskegon Yacht Club Buy, sell, or trade complete iceboats, parts, or upgrade your current rig. Enjoy the start of a new season, learn about iceboating.

MINNESOTA: St. Louis Park, Saturday, November 6, 2021 9 AM – 1 PM
MAP
Tim Carlson at Sailcrafters ((952)540-7474) is hosting his annual Iceboat Swap meet on Nov 6, 2021. You can expect to see all types of iceboats and all types used gear. If you are new to iceboating, this is the perfect place to meet local sailors and check out used equipment. Sailcrafters is located in St Louis Park at 7450 Oxford Street. Doors open from 9 am to 1 pm. If you are looking for new gear, Tim caters to the local iceboat community and can provide new sails, stays, line and everything in-between.

 

 

Erin Bury New North American Ice Optimist Program Director


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
erinbury5397@gmail.com

2021 September Runner Tracks Newsletter

Runner Tracks

The Online Magazine of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association

September 2021


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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Thinking About Ice

DN class members have been doing a lot of ice thinking this summer. Brian and brother Bruce Jones are making dust, mixing glue, and giving their clamps a work-out while building 2 DN hulls in steamy Florida. The IDNIYRA Facebook community has been following along, asking questions, and giving suggestions.

DNer Mike Miller has been dreaming of Minnesota’s Lake Christina, site of many Western Challenges, the first unofficial DN gathering of the season. Mike posted a short video from Lake Christina on the IDNIYRA Facebook page, reminding us what’s “coming soon.” I can’t embed it, so here’s one from Jim McDonagh US5213.

This website has a new page, the Runner Tracks Library, where you can see all the covers of our class newsletter since it went electronic in 2013.
Runner Tracks Library

The season approaches.

Jones Brother’s Florida DN build.

Jane Pegel US805 To Be Inducted into National Sailing Hall of Fame


The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) announced today nine sailors comprising its 11th anniversary class of inductees. The IDNIYRA is pleased to congratulate one of our own, Jane Pegel US805 for this well-deserved honor. More to come.

Jane Wiswell Pegel – a three-time Martini & Rossi (now Rolex) Yachtswoman of the Year and winner of several National and North American Championships in sailing and iceboating.

National Sailing Hall of Fame.

Giving back to the sport has been a prerequisite for Pegel. Her first service oriented post was as the fleet captain of the X Class in 1948. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Phi Beta Kappa, (1955) and helped organize a sailing team. Up until that time the “Hoofers” as it was called was more of a club sport. During the summers she was a sailing instructor at the Lake Geneva Yacht Club, home of another Hall of Fame sailor, Buddy Melges. In 1972 Melges and Pegel were both named Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year – Melges for winning a Gold Medal in the Olympic Games and Pegel for winning the M Scow Class National Championship and several other regattas that season. When asked if the lessons from ice boating apply to Scow sailing Pegel explains “In high performance boats there is a transfer especially on lakes where the wind is shifty. For those who sail fast boats we came alert to that magical thing that made one boat faster. We were forced to learn about design. Sailors that key into the variables that exist in the sport are what makes it so interesting.”
Continue reading Jane’s biography on the National Sailing Hall of Fame website.


Jane Pegel’s DN Statistics

IDNIYRA Commodore, 1961
IDNIYRA North American Championship Regatta
2 first place finishes in 1960 and 1963
7  second place finishes in 1958, 1959, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1978
1 fourth place finish in 1968
1 first place B fleet (Silver fleet) finish in 1981

Northwest Ice Yacht Racing Association Regatta
DN Class
11 first place finishes in 1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1984, 1990
41 times highest placing woman 1958, 1961 – 1963, 1965 -1967, 1969-1977

Lake Baikal DN Sailing 2022


Baikal Ice Yacht Racing Website
2022 will mark the 11th year of Baikal Ice Sailing Week, scheduled for March 26 – April 2, 2022. The organizers have released an informational pamphlet with answers to all your questions. Read it here

Every year we try to upgrade this trip, that’s why we ask you to read this manual carefully! We will sail 3 regatta’s, Asian Cup, Russian Championship and Baikal Cup. Also we probably will have sailors from China who will join us at Lake Baikal. Continue reading.

Eight Bells: 1984 Gold Cup Champ Tiit Hagma


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.

Results of Spring 2021 IDNIYRA Ballot

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!)

2022 IDNIYRA Continental Regatta Dates Announced

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
    Information

2021 IDNIYRA Spring Ballot News

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

Commodore IDNIYRA

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