2020 Worlds: The Middle of Somewhere


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The hunt for regatta ice has started in Europe for the 2020 IDNIYRA World and European Championships, scheduled for February 8 – 15. After a one week break from the 2020 NAs held in the “Middle of Nowhere” Fort Peck, MT, North American competitors will begin their migration east. I’ll be tagging along and also attending the 2020 Junior Worlds from February 16 – 21. Watch for updates on this website and the IDNIYRA Europe website.
The map above is embedded on the Championship History page of this website. Interesting to note that the distance between the farthest west we’ve gone (Fort Peck, Montana) and the farthest east (St. Petersburg, Russia) is 4500 miles! That trip to Montana added some miles to our regatta map.

Sean R Heavey: 2020 IDNIYRA North American Ice Yacht Championship &emdash; _A737655We are very excited that Glasglow Montana photographer and drone pilot extraordinaire, Sean Heavey, will be joining us for the Gold Cup. DNs are not only fast and fun to sail, they are also a vehicle for creativity, as Sean and many other photographers have discovered.

 

 

 

 

North American Competitors Going for the Gold:
Chris Berger US5166
John Curtis KC5144
Robert Cummins US3433
Daniel Hearn US5352
Rhea Nicholas US4783
Ron Sherry US44
James “T” Thieler US5224

2019 European Championship Video

This just released video of the European Championship by Kacper Libera will get your heart pounding. Next stop, North America for the Gold Cup!
UPDATE: Would it surprise you to know that this video was created by the son of the photographer Gwidon Libera? Big tip of the helmet to Kacper Libera for his filming and editing skills.

Day 3: DN European Championship Photos by Gwidon Libera

John Winquist L601 (Finland)        Photo: Gwidon Libera

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Here is the last set of photos shot and edited by Polish photographer Gwidon Libera from the last day of 2019 European Championship on Lake Śniardwy in northeastern Poland. More breeze gave the boats the chance to work and show off the famous DN bendy mast and Gwidon zeroed in on the action. There are so many excellent action packed photos from today that It was difficult to choose one for the main photo of this post. This regatta marks the first time that Gwidon has ever photographed iceboats. Once again, thank you Gwidon Libera for sharing your photos with the world. UPDATE: Gwidon’s photos are avilable for purchase here.

 

A Fleet: 1st Jarek Radski P431 (Poland), 2nd Tomasz Zakrzewski P55 (Poland), 3rd Mihkel Kosk C45 (Estonia)

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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