Friendly Reminder: 2 Spec Changes in Effect

Previous: Results of 2021 Autumn Ballot
The two specification ballot proposals that IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU approved back in Autumn 2021 came into effect on May 31, 2022.
They are G.14 Sail Window Size and A.30 National Letters and Sail Numbers. The DN World portal Specifications section has been updated to reflect the changes. The DN World portal at dniceboat.org will always have the most up-to-date specifications.

Results of 2022 IDNIYRA Officer & TC Election

Link to results.

 

Past Commodore

The results have been tabulated in the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association Election of 2022-2023 IDNIYRA Officers and one Technical Committee member.

The proposed slate of officers and Technical Committee member have been elected. 49% of those eligible voted -114 ballots submitted of 231 eligible voters.
[Note: The Past Commodore ballot was sent separately. 29% of those eligible voted. 67 ballots submitted of 231 eligible voters.]

Commodore: Jody Kjoller:
Yes – I approve the candidate: 106 votes (99.1%)
No – I reject the candidate: 1 vote (0.9%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 99.1% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 107
Abstentions: 7

Vice Commodore: David Frost:
Yes – I approve the candidate: 111 votes (100.0%)
No – I reject the candidate: 0 votes (0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 100.0% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 111
Abstentions: 3

Secretary: Deb Whitehorse:
Yes – I approve the candidate: 114 votes (100.0%)
No – I reject the candidate: 0 votes (0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 100.0% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 114
Abstentions: 0

Treasurer: Deb Whitehorse:
Yes – I approve the candidate: 113 votes (100.0%)
No – I reject the candidate: 0 votes (0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 100.0% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 113
Abstentions: 1

Past Commodore: Bob Cummins:
Yes – I approve the candidate: 65 votes (98.5%)
No – I reject the candidate: 0 votes (0%)
Kent Baker: 1 vote (1.5%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 98.5% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 66
Abstentions: 1

Technical Committee Jeff Kent
Yes – I approve the candidate: 108 votes (98.2%)
No – I reject the candidate: 1 vote (0.9%)
Warren Nethercote: 1 vote (0.9%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 98.2% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 110
Abstentions: 4

Notice of Electronic Ballot for 2022 IDNIYRA Elections

Photo: Catherine E. Firmbach

In a few days, you will be receiving an electronic ballot via email from the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association. We have sent an email to confirm that your email address is correct. If you did receive the email, there’s no need to reply. If you have not received the email from the IDNIYRA, please check your spam folder. If it’s not in the spam folder, please email to secretary.idniyra@gmail.com to let us know.

In the coming days, please watch your inbox for the invitation to vote email so that you can vote. 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. Jeff Kent is up for a six year term on the Technical Committee*.  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.

*UPDATE:
From the Established Procedure of Iceboat Competition (EPIC) Agreement
Article VI – TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
The DN Class Technical Committee (TC) shall consist of six members, three elected from North America and three elected from Europe. TC members shall be elected according to the respective Continental Governing Documents (CGD). One member will be elected every year, alternating between continents. North American members will be elected in even years and European members in odd years. The term of office is six years. Term of office will begin July 1, and expire June 30 of the appropriate year. Each year the TC shall elect from its membership a chairperson to serve until June 30 of the following year. All decisions of the TC require 2/3 majority vote of all members. Upon resignation prior to six years, a replacement member will be elected by the respective CGG to complete the unexpired term.

Results of the Autumn 2021 Ballot

NOTE: The 2 proposals that were approved come into effect 31 May 2022!

The Autumn 2021IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU combined ballot closed at 1200 US CT October 21, 2021. Two-thirds of ‘yes’ votes are required for a question to pass. The results are as follows:

61% percent of eligible members participated in the ballot. Abstentions were allowed on individual questions.

Question 1: PROPOSAL TO CHANGE SPECIFICATION G14 SAIL WINDOW SIZE 160 yes / 8 against (95.2% yes, Question 1 passes and comes into effect May 31, 2022.)

Question 2: PROPOSAL TO ADD SPECIFICATION I. FITTINGS SELF-RELEASING STEERING POST HEAD 65 yes / 82 against (55.8% no, Question 2 fails.)

Question 3: PROPOSAL TO CHANGE SPECIFICATION A30 NATIONAL LETTERS AND SAIL NUMBER 110 yes / 50 against (68.8% yes, Question 3 passes and comes into effect May 31, 2022)

VOTE BY CONTINENT

1. G14 SAIL WINDOW SIZE 
Votes tallied: 168
Abstentions: 4 NA EU Total
Yes – I approve the amendment 107 53 160
No – I reject the amendment 6 2 8
113 55
2. I. FITTINGS SELF-RELEASING STEERING POST HEAD 
Votes tallied: 147
Abstentions: 25 NA EU Total
Yes – I approve the amendments 37 28 65
No – I reject the amendments 63 19 82
100 47
3.  A30 NATIONAL LETTERS AND SAIL NUMBER 
Votes tallied: 160
Abstentions: 12 NA EU Total
Yes – I approve the amendments 79 31 110
No – I reject the amendments 26 24 50
105 55

The members support to the governance of the DN Class is appreciated.

Attila Pataky (M-100) Commodore IDNIYRA EU
Jody Kjoller (US 5435) Commodore IDNIYRA

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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