Western Challenge Photos by Sean Heavey

Sean R Heavey: Western Challenge 2021 &emdash; Heavey_DJI_0286
Western Challenge sailors on Lake Christina may have noticed the drone buzzing around over the weekend. Montana photographer Sean Heavey made the trip to the Challenge and has shared his photos. He sends his apologies for not getting everyone’s pictures because he spent a lot of time practicing flying the new drones and figuring out to cover the action with them. See the photos here.

2022 Western Challenge Recap


The Western Challenge was “great” as always. 70 boats attended the unofficial opening of the 2020-21 iceboat season on Lake Christina just past Mile Marker 8 in Ashby MN. Sailors from near and far dusted of the cobwebs and enjoyed a weekend of comradery and one solid day of racing.

The sailors split into two fleets and over 10 races were run. In keeping with recent tradition, sailors were free to select any starting position for the two lap races. Finishing positions were not recorded but everyone looked fast. It was fun to see many new sailors and an ever-growing fleet of women sailors.

Special thanks to the Minnesota boys for organizing this yearly event. John Dennis, Mike Bloom, Tom Meyer and Mike Miller lead the charge. But the biggest thanks go to Pat Heppert for running the races and providing the 2 x12’s so we could access the ice without getting wet.

Think Ice!

Western Challenge Called On for Dec 3 – 5


Via John Dennis, the Western Challenge is called on for Lake Christina in Ashby, MN December 3 – 5, 2021. The Western Challenge is a an informal tune-up fun regatta for DNs.
What: Western Challenge
Date: December 3 – 5, 2021
Where: Lake Christina in Ashby, MN
Lodging: Recommended nearest Battle Lake, Minnesota
Battle Lake Inn and Suites (almost full, no vacancies for Friday night)
102 Glenhaven Dr, Battle Lake, MN 56515
+12188622500

Bonnie Beach Resort
20341 Bonnie Beach Road
Battle Lake, MN 56515
$175 night 3 bedrooms, (sleeps 4) with kitchen
218-864-5534

The Hideaway at Xanadu Island
35484 235th St, Battle Lake, MN 56515
+12188648096

The Otter
306 MN-78, Ottertail, MN 56571
+12183672525

December 2020 Newsletter Runner Tracks Published

Runner Tracks

The Online Magazine of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association

Current Issue: December 2020

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  • Proposals to Change the Official Specifications or Plans
  • Western Challenge: Back to the Basics
  • Minutes from the 2020 Fall European Secretaries Meeting

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2019 Western Challenge Results

Weather mark rounding: Bob Rast US1313 and Bill Bucholz in one of Daniel Hearn’s boats US5352.
Photo: Puckaway Ice Sailing Squadron

Everything came together at the last minute for another great Great Western Challenge on Lake Puckaway in Wisconsin. There were a total of 8 races in both Gold and Silver fleets over the weekend. Many thanks to all who competed and volunteered to keep the spirit of this fun regatta going.
RESULTS