Rudi Bauer OE39

Rudi Bauer and Ron Sherry

The IDNIYRA is saddened to announce that Rudy Bauer OE39 passed away at his home in Austria on January 1, 2022. The entire DN community extends our condolences to Rudy’s family.

Ron Sherry US44 recalls:
I called Rudy ‘The World Champion of Fun.’ He was a champion ice boater, downhill skier, and true ambassador to the sport of iceboating. In 1998, I built him a complete DN, which he raced in North America. He then shipped it to Austria and made sure I had a good boat for European regattas. He said, “Ron, you come to the Worlds, and you can sail this boat.” With his help, I won my first Worlds in 1998 in that boat.
We had such wonderful times together. Rudy would haul a big old beat-up leather suitcase to the pits, filled with cheese, bread, and meats to share at the end of the racing day. Nothing ever tasted so good after a hard day of sailing, standing around with your buddies rehashing the day.

From left, Art Teutsch, Dan Connell US1630, and Rudi Bauer OE39. (Screen shot from the 1993 World Championship video.)

Eight Bells: 1984 Gold Cup Champ Tiit Hagma


Via Mihkel Kosk C45 and Ron Sherry US44.
Estonian DN sailor, Tiit Hagma C10, passed away peacefully at home on 28 May 2021. Tiit won the 1984 DN Gold Cup sailed at Krynica Morska in Poland. The regatta is memorable for a field of 240 competitors, certainly one of the largest DN championships in history. Ron Sherry US44 remembers “driving back to the hotel with him in 1984 in Poland to pick up some Boston Sails. He was so calm and matter of fact. I told him if I had won, I would be like a NASA Launch.”

Mihkel Kosk recalls Tiit’s life outside of DN sailing, “The big thing that he was also a great talent in music and in the USSR time a part and member of a band Ruja. Ruja was as popular in Estonia as the Rolling Stones were in the states and very much on the legal line with the USSR officials!”
Read more about his music here.

Via the Kalevi Yacht Club:

Tiit Haagma, an honorary member of the club, has left us. Tiit was born on April 5, 1954, in Tallinn. He started sailing in 1961 under the supervision of Enn Metsar. Tiit was brought to ice sailing by another legendary Star sailor, Peeter Leola. For many years, ice sailing became the main area of ​​Tiit. In 1984 he won the world championship title in the DN class as the third Estonian ice sailor; five years later, he won a bronze medal at the European Championships; in 1989, he added a World Championship silver to his medal collection. At the N Union Championships, he won a bronze medal in 1979 and 1980, a gold medal in 1982 and 1986 and a silver medal in 1983, and a silver medal in 1983. Tiit has won silver at the 1991 World Yacht Regatta and bronze at the 2007 ORC World Sailing Championships in sailing. Tiit has once (1986) become the Estonian master in ice sailing and seven times in 1988-2004 in offshore sailing. In 2007, he also became a Finnish champion in offshore sailing. In 1979, Tiit became a champion in sailing and, in 1984, a master in ice sailing. In the same year, he was chosen as the best male athlete in Estonia and an honorary member of Kalev. Tiit was also a renowned musician; he played bass guitar in the bands Varjud and Ruja in 1972-1986. From 1973 to 1986, Tiit worked as a trainer in sailing and ice sailing circles, and for 40 years, he was known not only for his sailing skills but especially as a worthy sailor. His sewn C-sails, WB sails, and HT sails have taken our sailors and ice sailors to both Estonian championship and title medals. Tiit was a nice companion, with whom it was always nice to talk, and every time he had a new anecdote or a nice story to tell. The spinning material no longer scratches under Tiit’s hand, and his ¼ ton Sea Eagle has been standing sadly on the shore for some time. We mourn you and wish you a happy wind on the sea of ​​eternity, Tiit.

Ron Sherry Interview: Choosing Fast DN Equipment

Mike Madge and Ron Sherry have a conversation about DN equipment.

Great ice boating equipment tips from one of the best. As an eight-time ice boat world champion title holder, Ron Sherry’s philosophy is to freely and willingly share his knowledge gained through innovation and investigation of new technologies with all sailors because, “the faster I can help to make other ice boaters, the faster I’m going to be”.

2021 U.S. Nationals: Congratulations Ron Sherry US44 Gold & Andy Allen US5451 Silver

2021 Nationals Results
Thank you to all competitors, Vice Commodore Jody Kjoller, PRO Dan Heaney, with assistance from George Gerhardt, Dave Ray, and Brian, for making an effort to race and help run an exciting regatta in some of the coldest conditions we’ve seen in a while. Stay tuned for some photo galleries from Gretchen Dorian, who is not only an ace photographer; she also makes sure the weather marks don’t fly away when the wind knocks them down.

2021 Ice Sailing Calendar from Sean Heavey


Sean Heavey, the photographer we met at the 2020 North American Championship, has issued a printed calendar. Sean’s the guy whose drone video captured the amazing battle between Ron Sherry and Steve Orlebeke. (Just mentioning it is a good excuse to post it again – see below.)

2021 Ice Sailing Calendar Information

Hello all and welcome,

2020 has been a year that will go down in the history books. For myself it has been a year of upheaval and unexpected adventures. The most unexpected adventure began after a text from an acquaintance tipped me off that our local lake was within days going to host North American Ice Sailing Championship.

I rearranged my schedule and went out on to the ice to get a closer look.

What a sight to witness… Truly is!

A few weeks later and with the help of people far and wide, many of whom I didn’t know or I had meet just days earlier, I found myself embarking on a trip to Europe to attend the World Championships.

So this year I though I would make a special 2021 Ice Sailing Calendar with some of the moments I captured along the way.

They are $20 USD each and what you get is a 12 months, full color, calendar that’s 8.5×11 in size with a couple bonus pages for fun. Here is a link to a full layout preview.

>> Full Preview <<<

Because I’m not sure what the demand will be for these I’m going handle them a bit differently than I do my regular calendars. During November I will take preorders and then send it off to printing the first week of December. Turn around is just over 2 weeks which means they should to me around the middle of the month and be ready to ship to you shortly after and with a little luck be delivered in time for Christmas. So if you live in the USA and are interested in getting one or two here is a link to place your order.

>> US Ordering <<< For those of you living outside the USA I still need to look into the best option for shipping. I regularly send shipping tubes to various place in Europe for the flat rate of $24 USD. In the coming days I will visit the post office to see if I can find a less expensive option. I think we will have to deal with them on a one on one bases so if you sending me an email we can work out the details.

>> EMAIL ME <<<  alconartz@gmail.com     And to hold you over till the ice forms and the calendars arrive here’s the link to the my drone video of final laps of the final gold fleet heat at the North Americans. When I finally figured out how to keep up with these wicked fast boats.

So thank you and I think it’s going to come out looking really nice. Think Ice…