Ron Sherry Interview: Choosing Fast DN Equipment

Mike Madge and Ron Sherry have a conversation about DN equipment.

Great ice boating equipment tips from one of the best. As an eight-time ice boat world champion title holder, Ron Sherry’s philosophy is to freely and willingly share his knowledge gained through innovation and investigation of new technologies with all sailors because, “the faster I can help to make other ice boaters, the faster I’m going to be”.

Samuel Bartel Definitely Got Started!

Samuel Bartel is a college student on the University of Wisconsin-Madison sailing team. Sam has discovered that DN racing is flat out fun and helps his soft-water reflexes. The fine crew with Harken Blockheads filmed Samuel right before the U.S. Nationals. (You will note that Sam accomplished his goal of a top-ten finish in the Silver fleet by placing 4th at the Nationals.)


2021 Central Region Championship Update #3

Via Central Region Commodore Rob Holman:

The 2021 Central Region Championship has been postponed until February 20-21, 2021.
Next update is on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. 
The Central Region Championship is a two-day regatta in either Michigan or Ohio.

2021 February Runner Tracks Newsletter

Runner Tracks

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Current Issue: February 2021

The first IDNIYRA newsletter of 2021 is ready for your viewing. Some engaging content submitted by class members Ken Smith, Mike Madge, and Brian and Bruce Jones. Thanks to our sponsors for making Runner Tracks possible. In case you are wondering, the May issue will feature regatta results and reports. 

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  • The Magic of Iceboating
  • How Bad Do You Want It?
  • Return of the Jones Gang
  • Specifications Proposal by the IDNIYRA Governing Committee

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2021 Central Region Championship Update #2

Via Central Region Commodore Rob Holman US3705

The update for the 2021 Central Region Championship has been delayed until tonight, February 10, 2021. We may have some ice in he region that is of regatta quality.

Next update Wednesday PM, February 10.

The Central Region Championship is a two-day regatta in either Michigan or Ohio.

2021 Western Region Championship Update #8: Postponed Until Feb 20-21

Via Western Region Commodore Chris Berger US5166

The saga continues.
Last week’s snow really took a toll on Western Region lakes and left us with no sailable ice of regatta quality. But, we remain optimistic. This week’s cold temperatures are bringing some lakes online for consideration that, up until now, had been open water. The downside of this ice making weather is that the forecast for the region is much to cold to hold a regatta. So, we will postpone again until next week (Feb 20-21).
In the meantime, please keep an eye out for ice and let us know what you find so we can get it scouted next week.
Next update Tuesday, February 16.

The Western Region Championship is a two-day regatta in either Minnesota, Wisconsin, the UP of Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, or Indiana.

2021 U.S. Nationals Video

Professional video of the U.S. Nationals from Peter Norton KA2, who not only competed, after each of his races, he flew a drone or filmed with a long lens camera. Peter then generously handed it over to one of our newest members, Sam Bartel US1011 (who placed 4th in the Silver fleet in his first regatta), and Sam edited the footage.


2021 Central Region Championship Update #1

Via Central Region Commodore Rob Holman

It’s time to start making plans for the 2021 Central Region Championship. There’s snow coming through the region this week but we will keep you informed on a week by week basis. The next update is Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

Ken Smith US4137: Racing Ethics and Sportsmanship

Ken Smith’s US4137 reflections about the 2021 U.S. Nationals Regatta.

Racing Ethics and Sportsmanship

The Situation. You are at a regatta in a substantial fleet. Racing is competitive and the committee includes scorers and starters. The course marks include weather and leeward orange triangle mark with green Darling marks set 50 yards from the turning marks. A fleet lines up and is started. The racers notice that the weather orange mark has fallen and is not visible.

The Competitor‘s View. A competitor (Z) in the top third observes several of the top boats rounding the green mark, and others rounding a spot in a drift where he thinks the fallen mark should be. He heads for that spot and sees then rounds the fallen mark. This repeats during the subsequent laps, some rounding the fallen mark and some the green mark. After finishing, Z tells the PRO what he observed. Z could not identify what boats failed to round the fallen mark and stated he intended to protest. Several competitors overheard this exchange and acknowledged they had rounded the green mark.

No one withdrew. No protest was filed.

Some observations:

1. Rounding the green mark shortened the race by 300 yards.
2. No one was stationed at the weather mark observing roundings.
3. The fleet sailed two different courses.
4. When the marks were set, no cone or other marker was placed at or near the weather mark. Having something else nearby is common practice. Often the race instructions identify such things as “considered as part of the mark.”
5. COVID and two launch areas made filing and hearing protests difficult.

Competitors’ Sporting Obligation. Upon learning one has not sailed the proper course, or one committed an error on the course (a foul, striking a mark, missing a mark, etc.), the expected sporting thing to do is notify the PRO or other race official and withdraw from that race.

Race Committee’s Obligation. Once the race officials are made aware of an error like this, they are obligated to take action to make the race fair. Their options include:

a. Throw out the race.
b. Have a skipper meeting and ask who improperly rounded the weather mark.
c. Convene the protest committee and they assign appropriate penalties or redress.
d. Re-run the race.

Race Committee Avoidance Strategies. Place secondary cones. These keep competitors away from the marks and are visible should a mark go down. Place mark observers at weather mark. I am sure there would have been one there had one been available.

My Takeaway. I am disappointed with my fellow competitors. Failing to acknowledge the unfair-ness of the race and take public responsibility is a breach of sportsmanship. Sorry, but I think less of some as a result.

Looking at the final standings, with so many races, dropping a race or a competitor dropping out of that race would have changed the outcome and final standings little, if at all.

The Race Committee could have avoided the issue had a cone been placed near the mark, and this was suggested during the event well prior to the offending race.  It is disappointing that no action was taken even after the events as described and acknowledged came to the Race Committee’s attention.

After an otherwise excellent regatta, it’s a shame to leave with any ill feelings.

Ken Smith US4137


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