After five years as the North American Ice Optimist Program Director, Ron Rosten has handed over the tiller. Thank you, Ron, for your service to the class. Please welcome our new Junior Secretary, Erin Bury US5397, of Minneapolis, MN. Erin, who grew up sailing, brings her experience as a youth coach. Erin came to us with an idea about establishing an Ice Optimist training camp near Lakeville, MN. Her enthusiasm for the project made her a perfect candidate for the role of North American Ice Optimist Program Director.
I grew up sailing a 1984 Freedom 21 on Lake Superior along with scows on Lake Minnetonka. I currently crew on a Nacra F-18 Infusion MKIII and a J70 on Lake Minnetonka, where I race at least three days a week in spring, summer, and fall.
I have been a head swim coach for high school and club for the last eight years. I built a self-sustaining non-profit aquatics’ program from the ground up over five years. After that, I moved into a full-time role (my current occupation) as the Senior Coordinator of Aquatics at the YMCA. As the Senior Coordinator, I grow current aquatic programming and develop new programs as we expand.
My goals as the North American Junior Secretary include:
1) Create more sailing opportunities for a broader range of demographics and engage our communities in unique ways.
2) Empower young women AND men.
3) Share the love of ice sailing and grow the sport in inclusive and equitable ways.
I’m also excited to announce that I’m seeking a partnership with the YMCA to start an official North American youth ice sailing program.
Currently, I am building a proposal for the YMCA and have thus far secured REI as our first sponsor!
Have ideas for this initiative? Don’t be shy! Feel free to reach out with any questions and/or suggestions!
Meet Aniela Gracyk of Poland. She’s an accomplished Ice Optimist sailor who is following in the runner tracks of her father, Robert Gracyk P31. This coming winter could be the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to ice sailing. Ice Optimists are specifically designed for junior sailors. Buy a used one or you could easily build an Ice Optimist as a family project. Learn more about the Ice Optimist and ice sailing for kids here.
2020 Junior World & European Championship Results
Congratulations to all competitors who participated in the 2020 Junior World and European Ice Sailing Championships. Thank you to all the parents, coaches, Race Committee, and DN Ice Sailing Lithuania for working together to make this a successful event. It takes a special kind of person to be involved in this sport. The weather often make things difficult but when conditions are right, our patience is rewarded. I hope to see all of you at future ice sailing races!
The wind took a holiday today and so did the competitors at the 2020 JWC. Ice skates and soccer balls appeared and the kids slid around on the ice for hours keeping themselves amused. PRO Stan Macur announced a 0900 Skippers Meeting followed by racing at 1000 for tomorrow, 20 February.
Slick, fast Hollywood ice with shifty, puffy winds greeted the opening day of the 2020 Junior DN and Ice Optimist World Championship near Furudal, Sweden. The unpredictable wind gusts caused postponement of the first race until Tuesday, February 18. The kids kept busy with a bit of sailing, skating, and kicking the soccer ball under a rainbow that hung around for a long time. The sailing site is a 30 minute drive from Orsa Camping, the site of last week’s Gold Cup.
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