Visit the Sailing Museum
The DN remains the world’s most popular iceboat for many reasons. It’s usually someone’s first ride, home buildable, easy to transport and set up, and pure fun to sail. The DN is also the perfect size for a permanent exhibit in the National Sailing Hall of Fame’s new museum in Newport, Rhode Island.
The DN’s natural wood hull, plank, and runners will stand out among the other five soft-water boats that will permanently hang from the former armory’s impressive wood ceiling in the interactive exhibition hall.
Home built by Doug Kolner (Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club) in Monona, Wisconsin, the boat reflects the DN’s humble beginnings at the Detroit News hobby shop in the 1930s and its evolvement into a modern racing machine. Doug built the boat using standard plans and it is most representative of the type of DN you’ll see at North American regattas. Typical of modern DN racers, the hull was built using Gougeon brothers epoxy, Harken brothers blocks, and Sarns hardware.
The DN class is honored to symbolize the spirit of American ice yachting in the new Sailing Museum.
Runner Tracks, the newsletter of the IDNIYRA, has been virtually delivered to your door. Meade Gougeon is on the cover, the first photo of Meade ever taken by Gretchen Dorian while at her first iceboat regatta in ten years ago. European IDNIYRA Secretary Chris Williams has provided a timeline as to what transpired when DNs were being considered for Olympic glory and why that didn’t happen. Other features include class members sharing their remembrances of Meade, minutes of the 2017 EU Secretaries meeting, and the 2018 International Rank list. [If you have any questions about the list, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.] Read all about it here on the Runner Tracks page.
Did you know that Runner Tracks is available in three different electronic formats and you can also order it in a print version?
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Meade Gougeon in 1982 at Wittensee, Germany. Photo: Henry Bossett
The DN class sends our thoughts and condolences to the family of Meade Gougeon who passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Meade was a well respected class leader and had a tremendous impact on ice boating and all forms of sailing. Jane Pegel US805 remembers Meade:
It has been a privilege to witness the “Gougeon” era. The brothers Meade, Jan, and Joe were all top notch DN sailors. While Joe ventured away from Gougeon Brothers, Meade and Jan became innovators in the boat building industry. “Get out the Gouge” became a familiar phrase, especially to those of us building and racing iceboats.
Meade Gougeon was an outstanding leader, both in business and the DN class. When a discussion was getting “heated”, Meade would step forward and with a few words lead us in a sensible direction. A tough, but fair, competitor, Meade’s contribution to the sport of iceboating reached far beyond the race course and is much appreciated.
DN CLASS ACCOMPLISHMENTS
North American Championship First Place
1991 5th place
Gold Cup Senior Trophy
Past IDNIYRA Commodore