This is a good opportunity to relive the past season and scroll through photographer Gretchen Dorian’s North American Championship regatta photos. If you see one that you want to hang on the wall, click on the link above or email to Gretchen firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s a gallery from Day 3, January 24, 2020.
This is a good opportunity to relive the past season and scroll through photographer Gretchen Dorian’s North American Championship regatta photos. If you see one that you want to hang on the wall, click on the link above or email to Gretchen email@example.com. Here’s a gallery from Day 2, January 23, 2020.
This is a good opportunity to relive the past season and scroll through photographer Gretchen Dorian’s North American Championship regatta photos. If you see one that you want to hang on the wall, click on the link above or email to Gretchen firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s a gallery from Day 1, January 22, 2020.
The Online Magazine of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association
New Issue: March 2020
IN THIS ISSUE
- Another Way To Align Your Chocks On the Runner Plank
By Peter Van Rossem, KC2766
- INTO THE DAWN TO MONTANA The North American championship went where no regatta has gone before.
By Deb Whitehorse
- Results 2020 North American Championship
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DNs are famous for their unusual bendy masts. Polish photographer Kuba Micinski posted his collection of curvy masts on the Polish DN Facebook page today and they are too cool not to share. They were shot a few weeks ago on Lake Oresjon in Furudal, Sweden.
So, what’s going on with a DNs extreme mast bend? Lots of different forces are being applied, basically from the head stay, side stay, and main sheet. The biggest component that adds pressure to the mast in the form of compression is the very narrow and small angle of the head stay. The narrow angle of the head stay is so small, that the mast can’t handle the compression without bending. The key to having a good mast is in the stiffness (specific to the sailors weight) so that it bends just at the right time. The bendy mast automatically depowers the sail and that’s why modern DNs are so much easier to control than in the old days when stiff masts meant more hiking.
Thanks, Jeff Kent, for explaining all – Ed.
UPDATE March 9, 2020: The results have been updated.
2020 DN Canadian Championships Regatta
March 7, 2020
Saturday morning saw cold temperatures from the night before which delivered hard ice for the duration of the regatta. Wind at 9:00 am was from the north and thanks to the race committee, the line was set for the 10:00 am start. Unfortunately, the wind dropped and backed to the west, southwest direction which meant that setting the line was just for practice. The line then was set in the middle of the Bay and two races were sailed. Unfortunately, a crack which was marked, grew beyond the marked area and found Ron Sherry which caused his plank and deck to be compromised. Fortunately, he was able to put together another boat and finish the regatta. The course was moved to beyond the crack and sailing resumed in the same location for the duration of the regatta.
Seven races were scheduled with one drop race after 7 races sailed. Races were banged off one after another, by the Race Committee who managed to get all 7 races in before the time limit of 16:00 pm. Peter Kraszewski, ran a tight ship as PRO along with his crew of scorers thanks to Louise, Andrew, Tom, Paul and Cindy. Spending the day on the ice, allowing the fleet to sail an awesome day of racing is much appreciated by the fleet. Thanks to everyone for stepping up.
The fleet also helped with setting marks, scouting, helping with the line and this was also a great help to make the regatta memorable. Thanks all for stepping in, asking what needed to be done and doing it.
The fleet thanks Colin Duncan for scouting the ice…turns out he also has talent in scouting restaurants as the fleet all enjoyed a private room in a nice Italian Restaurant. The results were presented at the dinner with James “T” Thieler winning the 2020 Canadian Championship. ‘T” is still having an awesome year after winning the North American Champs as well. Congratulation again T!
Just a note to some of the competitors that after the scores were tabulated in the parking lot with dimming light, I found a few small position changes today which effect some. I apologize for this. Final standings.
Thanks to the Halifax, Montreal, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Kingston fleets who participated, making this a great regatta.
Peter Van Rossem
NOTICE OF RACE & SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Canadian DN Champs are ON for Saturday, March 7 2020
The site will be in Belleville, Ontario. Launch will be at the Potter’s Creek Conservation Area, on the south side of Old Highway #2 just across from Quinte Conservation, that address is 2061 Old Highway 2, Belleville, ON K8N 4Z2, Canada
If you or anyone you know would be interested in helping out with scoring or RC duties please contact Peter VanRossem- contact info is below.
Directions to the ice in case your digital gizmos aren’t working:
401 to Belleville
Exit 538, Wallbridge-Loyalist Rd. Head South
Turn Right on Dundas Street (Old # 2 Hwy)
First Left is Potters Creek Parking Lot
You can launch straight south to Bay of Quinte or there is Potters Creek to the East of the Parking Lot which might be shorter distance to the ice but requires crossing a ridge with boards.
Schedule of Events:
•Saturday at 8:00-9:30 on ice registration in the Pits
•Saturday at 10:00 am Skippers Meeting (On Ice At Start Line)
•Saturday after skippers meeting , First Start
•No race will start after 1600 Saturday
More details, NOR, SI’s in attachment.
The closest hotel to the launch is
RAMADA BY WYNDHAM BELLEVILLE
HARBOURVIEW CONFERENCE CENTER
11 BAY BRIDGE ROAD, BELLEVILLE ON K8P 3P6
Phone number for guests 613 968 3411 ext 0 or 1800 420 3555 ext 0.
Rates from Alison (Manager) are as low as $97.99 plus taxes, however rates are based on room availability at time of calling and which side of the Hotel you want.
Sailing Instructions are posted here. Copies will not be supplied on the ice at registration as stated in the Sailing Instructions.
Principle Race Officer will have a copy if required.
Again, if you plan to sail Friday, hug the North Shore until you are more than 1.5 mile or two KM West of the Green Nav Bouy or launch site.
We have only scouted 1.5 miles West of Can and Launch site so please be careful sailing beyond. If you don’t know or understand, please call me.
Peter Van Rossem Sr
Attention DN sailors:
This Saturday, March 7th we intend on hosting the 2020 Canadian Championships on the Bay of Quinte.
We are also looking for volunteers in helping with this regatta. I will make sure you have front row sight of the mark roundings and starts. If you are interested in helping out, it would be very much appreciated. Please call or send me an email if you can help. Phone number and email are below.
Please make sure your insurance is up to date and you are covered for ice boat racing. Sending a copy of your proof of insurance to my email address is helpful if you intend on racing.
If the ice holds out for Sunday, we will do another unsanctioned regatta where we record our own finishes…I will hold the score sheet in case one would like up grade your score for a better finish. Bribes accepted. (Not applicable for the Canadian Champs)
Set some time aside to look at these 800 pictures shot by Middle of Nowhere Montana Photographer, Sean Heavey. You’ll get a feel for his whole trip, from Montana to Canada to Germany to Denmark to Sweden and back.