2023 Central Region Championship Postponed

2013 DN Centrals. Photo: Catherine E. Firmbach

Based on our ice scout report today, I am sorry to report that I will need to postpone our 2023 Central Regatta that was tentatively scheduled for Jan 7- 8, 2023. The Central Regatta will now be scheduled after the DN Gold Cup & North American Championship.
Next update will be Monday. January 30, 2023 after 9pm EST.

Good luck to everyone attending the DN Gold Cup & North American Championship. Sail Fast!

Stay tuned & be ready for a February regatta.
Think Ice & think cold!!
Central Lakes Rear Commodore
Rob Holman US3705

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 DN Centrals Regatta: Eric Smith Wins Centrals

Nancy and Eric Smith US2500 with the 2021 DN Central Region Championship trophy.

Via Kent Baker:

Competitors and Race Committee at the DN Centrals regatta enjoyed a beautiful weekend on Elk Lake in Michigan, even with only one day of sailing. The sky on Sunday was cloudless and windless. On Saturday, after considerable delays due to wind shifts and needing to avoid an area of holes, each fleet sailed four races for a total of eight races.
Racing is simply magical when you are going full-warp speed upwind with the weather runner barely lifted off the ice. A sensation that in an instant makes you glad you troubled yourself to get there. Thanks to Ron Sherry, Richard Potcova, Jody Kjoller, Peter Johanson for all having a role in keeping me going these last few years. And, of course, my wife/enabler, Erica!
Big congratulations to Eric Smith US2500 on his first regatta win! Proof that one doesn’t have to be in the sport for a decade or more to beat the best!
It’s worth noting that there were 5 father/son duos present including David and Cooper Frost, Bill and Bobby Cutting, Ron and Griffin Sherry, Bill and Chad Coberly, and Dick and Brian Parker. Three of the youngest of the five are products of the Ice Optimist program.

2021 CENTRAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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Gretchen Dorian Photos from 2020 Central Championship

US4203, Jody Kjoller US5435, and Austen Graef start a race on Lake Houghton.     Photo: Gretchen Dorian gretchendorian.com

Gretchen Dorian’s photos from the 2020 Centrals recently sailed on Houghton Lake in Michigan are available for viewing and purchase on her website. Michigan sailor John Harper US60 shared his perspective on Facebook about the photo posted above and, it’s worth quoting here.

A young and brand new DN sailor in a 1960s version boat out in front of modern boats and one guy about 55 years old. Definitely a class for new and older people and boats!