New Video Series: Get Into Iceboating!

Sean R Heavey: 2022 DN US Nationals &emdash; Heavey__1274201
Here’s Samuel Bartel, fresh out of the starting-blocks as he pushes off for a race at the 2022 U.S. Nationals on Lake Senachwine in Illinois.
Photo: Sean R. Heavy

Get Started Sailing a DN
If you are here because of the Harken Blockheads YouTube videos, check us out. If you have questions on how to get started DN sailing, please contact us! secretary.idniyra@gmail.com Ice sailors are standing by, ready to help you get on the ice.

Via the Harken Blockheads website:

Ice waits for no one. Harken Marketing Intern Samuel Bartel is obsessed with ice sailing. To him, hard water yachting is the pinnacle of fun. Candidly, he’s more than a little bit obsessed. There’s one thing he really regrets: not getting into it sooner!

Why make the same tragic mistake Samuel did? Don’t let another winter go by sitting on the couch. Get involved in this outrageously fun sport now! If you wait any longer, you might miss out on the best experience of your life—or at least the best used equipment of the year. The time to start is NOW, while you’re sweating.

Watch this video series to learn how to get into it THIS YEAR:

See all four videos on the Harken Blockheads website.
Or view them on YouTube
Preparing for Iceboating

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

1993 Worlds: A Look Back Through Video

Here’s a raw, unedited video from the 1993 IDNIYRA World Championship from Andre Baby, the Montreal Iceboating Association, and Jeff Kent. The 1993 Worlds was memorable for being one of the biggest, with four fleets and over 170 competitors, and sailed on Geneva Lake in southern Wisconsin. The video is typical 1990s VCR quality but still worth a look. Pay close attention, and you’ll see many familiar faces in the opening ceremony and the trophy presentation. There’s racing footage in between the opening ceremony and the prize giving. Happy New Year from the IDNIYRA.

Jeff Kent Wins Worlds
By Eric Armstrong US4232
February 1993 IDNIYRA Runner Tracks Newsletter
Jeff Kent of Weymouth, Massachusetts USA, has won what is being hailed as the most competitive Gold Cup in the history of the event with eleven points. One hundred seventy-eight competitors from ten countries gathered in Fontana, Wisconsin, to race on Geneva Lake on January 24th, 1993. Ten competitors at the regatta had a ranking number of three or less. This is the largest fleet of top competitors ever assembled in North America. All of these factors combined to make the 1993 World Champion­ships very competitive and, most of all lots of FUN! Click here to continue reading.

LIVE ON ZOOM: Ask Matt Struble – 12 Nov @ 7 PM ET

Ask Matt Struble – Live Friday, 12 November at 7 PM ET/ 6 PM CT

UPDATE: 
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.
    • Or you can email your questions to Mike Themadges@tbaytel.net
    • 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.

Matt Struble Archives

 

 

 

dniceboat.org: Your World Portal to DN Ice Yacht Racing

What media do you pull up on your mobile device when the subject of DN sailing comes up with someone who wants to know more about our sport? Now you can start with the landing page of dniceboat.org for the most exciting videos, best photography, and radical DN mast bend photos to convert the curious into DN sailors.

The DN Class comprises two continental organizations: the IDNIYRA (North America) and IDNIYRA Europe. Both organizations have developed a new world portal website, dniceboat.org, to showcase our sport’s best videos, and photos that are easily accessible on the front page. Our photographers and videographers best tell the story of DN sailing, and we are indebted to them for sharing their work with us.

International class members and those interested in DN sailing will find common governing documents, contact information, regatta information, results, and more on the portal.

The menu is simple, with four links, to Class Information, the continental websites, and contact information.
      DN CLASS INFORMATION
      DN EUROPE
      DN NORTH AMERICA
      CONTACT

The Class Information page allows you to access the Specifications, the IDNIYRA Yearbook, Racing Rules, Regatta History, International Rank List, and another page dedicated to videos.
DN CLASS INFORMATION
SPECIFICATIONS, INTERPRETATIONS, & PLANS
YEARBOOK (pdf)
RACING RULES
CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
INTERNATIONAL RANK LIST
 VIDEOS (with links to EU and NA YouTube channels)

We will update Specifications and Interpretations changes on the world portal as soon as they come into effect, more efficient than waiting for the class Yearbook to be published months after the change.  In addition, we’ve combined the Specifications and Interpretations so that they are on the same page.

dniceboat.org is a portal to idniyra.org and idniyra.eu, which will continue to keep members informed of their specific continental affairs.

Thinking About Ice

DN class members have been doing a lot of ice thinking this summer. Brian and brother Bruce Jones are making dust, mixing glue, and giving their clamps a work-out while building 2 DN hulls in steamy Florida. The IDNIYRA Facebook community has been following along, asking questions, and giving suggestions.

DNer Mike Miller has been dreaming of Minnesota’s Lake Christina, site of many Western Challenges, the first unofficial DN gathering of the season. Mike posted a short video from Lake Christina on the IDNIYRA Facebook page, reminding us what’s “coming soon.” I can’t embed it, so here’s one from Jim McDonagh US5213.

This website has a new page, the Runner Tracks Library, where you can see all the covers of our class newsletter since it went electronic in 2013.
Runner Tracks Library

The season approaches.

Jones Brother’s Florida DN build.