The DN season wasn’t over yet for 2023 World & North American champion Matt Struble US183 who sailed in his home state of California yesterday at America’s Landsailing Championship held at Ivanpah. Considered the “cathedral of land sailing,” Ivanpah dry lake is located on the border of California and Nevada. He joined other ice sailors from around the country. Via Ken Smith’s Facebook page:
A brisk first day sailing ALC at Ivanpah, CA. About 70 competitors in roughly 90 land sailing yachts (sailors in multiple classes). Midwest DN iceboaters include Bob Cave, Lou Lonnecke, Pat Heppert, Pete Johns, and Daniel Hearn. Also Bill Dale and a pair from New England.
We sailed one round of five class starts. We got DN champ Matt Strubble racing in a mini skeeter, a class 3, and a DN on wheels. Wide wind range, shifty direction, and large wind holes made sailing, umm, interesting! -Ken Smith
Matt Struble replies: Absolute blast! Thanks Ken Smith, Peete Johns for a great day of sailing. I logged some wonderful miles of sailing. Felt at home in the DN, especially at the start.
Matt Struble US183 won this year’s World and North American Championships on Lake Kegonsa in Madison, WI (USA). In this video, Samuel Bartel US1011 talks with Matt about how he won the world championship. They discuss regatta preparation, equipment, strategy, and much more!
Photos in this video are from Cathy Firmbach and Mike Roemer.
Ask Matt Struble – Live Friday, 12 November at 7 PM ET/ 6 PM CT
Join Mike Madge and Matt Struble US183 live on Zoom as he talks about early season DN iceboat and body preparation, followed by a question and answer session. An email has been sent to all class members with the Zoom link. Not a member? Not to worry, just use the sign up form below to receive the link. All are welcome.
Mike and Matt will be covering topics geared for the beginner to intermediate iceboater. They’d like to extend a special invitation to those new to the class or who want to participate in DN iceboating.
What To Know:
Please make sure your device is muted before you join the meeting.
For questions, please use the chatbox, and Mike will unmute you so that you can speak directly with Matt.
Can’t make it? Mike will record the entire session so you watch it later.
If you aren’t a DN class member or didn’t receive the email, use the sign up form below to receive the link
Matt Struble is a three-time DN world champion, a four-time DN North American champion, and holds other soft-water sailing titles. Though he currently lives in San Diego, Matt continues to sail DNs whenever he visits his family in Michigan.
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2024 REGATTA DATES
World & European, DN Junior, and Ice Optimist Championships
Feb 3 – 10 idniyra.eu
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