2021 DN Westerns Regatta: Chris Berger Wins Westerns

From left: Daniel Hearn Gold fleet 2nd, Chris Berger Gold fleet 1st, Erin Bury Silver fleet 5th and Top Rookie, Martin Malcheski Gold fleet 4th, Bob Rast Top Grand Master Silver fleet 1st, Hal Bowman Silver fleet 4th, and seated Bob Cave Silver fleet 2nd and Top Master.  Photo: Julie Jankowski

Rob Evans Gold fleet 3rd and Mimi Collins

Proving that serving as a DN Class Officer is not a hindrance to winning a regatta, Western Region Commodore Chris Berger US5166 came out on top at the 2021 Western Region Championship sailed on Lake Michigan at Menominee, Michigan, March 6-7.The fleet enjoyed two days of excellent competition in a variety of wind conditions. On Saturday, the studs on Chris’ plank failed, resulting in 2 missed races. As the fleet lined up for the regatta’s last race on Sunday, Chris and Daniel Hearn US5352 were tied for first place. Chris won the last race and won the regatta by one point.

Quite a few novice racers took the opportunity to join the regatta, and we hope to see them back on the line at the next race.

 

Bob Rast won the Silver Fleet. He wrote about it on his Facebook page:

Great weekend in Menominee. Thanks to Chris Berger and Mike Derusha for finding a great piece of ice for the regatta
Light air on Saturday put me in third place and I had to figure out how to get in front of Bob Cave, who had me by six points; Pat Fitzgerald who had me by one point; and fend off Hal Bowman who was one point behind me A couple turns of the front Staymaster powered it up and heavier air turned it into thrill ride.  Pulled it off! Very happy to win a second time never really expected it

Special thanks to Mike Derusha US2545 for scouting the ice, finding the landing, and building bridges across the heaves. Thanks to the Race Committee, including Chief Judge Dan Heaney, assisted by George Gerhardt, Fred Stritt, Julie Jankowski, and Mercedes Auger.

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New Western Region Commodore

Chris Berger US5166 racing at the 2019 Polish DN Championship                                   Photo: Gwidon Libera

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Berger, US5166, as Western Region Rear Commodore, effective immediately. Chris’ contribution to the class is appreciated.

IDNIYRA Commodore Warren Nethercote KC3786

Day 1: Polish Championship Photos & Video

DN Low Lunge: Chris Berger US5166       Photo Gwidon Libera

Results

 

 

The Polish  Championship is a major stop on the DN regatta circuit and attracts competitors from all over Europe.  This weekend regatta started today on the Zegrze Reservoir near Warsaw.  Like we saw last week at the European Championship, there’s a high level of competition at this regatta and in a few weeks, some of these ice sailors will be here for the Gold Cup.  Chris Berger US5166 extended his stay in Europe to sail in this regatta. The ice looks wet, fast and racy. Robert Graczyk P31 is in first place tonight. Chris Berger is holding his own at 5th. Stay tuned for the conclusion tomorrow. Photographer Gwidon Libera has again agreed to share his photos with us for which we are again grateful. UPDATE: Gwidon’s photos are avilable for purchase here.

Bonus video below of some rush hour traffic mark-rounding from Ark Gim’s Facebook page.

DN European Championship Final Results

Photo; Gwidon Libera

2019 European Championship Results

The European Championship was completed today Lake Śniardwy in northeastern Poland. Falling snow made for challenging conditions. There’s a junior in the A fleet top 10, Rasmus Maalinn C20, of Estonia, placed 6th! Zuzanna Rybicka P119 of Poland was the highest placing woman – 29th in the A fleet.
Congratulations to all champions:
A fleet: Jarek Radski P431 (Poland)
B fleet: Roman Morgas P200 (Poland)
C fleet: Eppu Karki L135 (Finland)

7th place medal of the A fleet won by Chris Berger US5166

Congratulations to the only North American sailor, Chris Berger US5166, who competed at the regatta in the A fleet and finished a respectable 7th in one of the toughest arenas in iceboat racing.

UPDATE: On the results page, you will see both the European Championship and European Cup. The European Cup is scored independent of the European Championship and consists of the last 5 races of the European Championship. 

 

Day 2: DN European Championship Photos by Gwidon Libera

Chris Berger US5166 Photo: Gwidon Libera

Playing catch up here, this photographer is fast! Gwidon Libera has uploaded even more photos from today’s sailing at the European Championship in Poland. If you’ve finished looking through the photos from day one, have a look at today’s set. UPDATE: Gwidon’s photos are avilable for purchase here.
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