Runner Tracks Newsletter September 2022

Runner Tracks

The Online Magazine of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association

September 2022

September signals it’s time for DN sailors to THINK ICE. We have 58 pages of ice-thinking for you in this issue of Runner Tracks. In addition to several proposals and the 2022 European Secretaries meeting minutes, Mike O’Brien shares his story from the 1988 DN World Championship in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). It’s a fascinating glimpse into the waning days of the USSR, and the mindset of how a defending World champion handles the pressure, adjusts to conditions, and keeps his DN equipment tuned in a place where the corner hardware store didn’t exist. Thanks to photographer Gretchen Dorian for allowing us to use her work for the cover. And a big thank you to our sponsors who help keep Runner Tracks and the Yearbook on a steady course.

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  • Proposed Revised Specifications from the IDNIYRA Technical Committee for Sections A,B
  • Commodore’s Column
  • Proposed Revised Specification for D7 Boom
  • 3 Proposed Revisions to EPIC Agreement
  • Proposal to Revise IDNIYRA Constitution
  • 1988 DN World Championship in Leningrad by Mike O’Brien US3456
  • Minutes of the 2022 European Secretaries Meeting

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1966 DN North American Championship

While we don’t have photos from that 1966 regatta, here are classic DNs on Geneva Lake in early 1960s. 690: L. Wohrle, 445 Bob Cave, 378 Eric Sternkoff, 294 Lou Lonnecke.  Photo from the Bob & Jane Pegel Collection

Mike O’Brien US3456 recently rescued a stack of vintage sailing magazines headed for the recycling bin. Mike, a three-time DN World champion, and one-time North American champion, shared a photo of an article from One Design about the 1966 DN North American championship. Gull Lake in Michigan hosted the regatta.

Gull Lake was also the site of the first DN World Championship in 1972. The DN class will observe the 50th anniversary of that first World Championship on January 21-28, 2023, hosted by the Western Region. It’s time to start thinking about sharpening your runners for the 2023 season!.

Mike O’Brien Runner Tracks Interview