2017 DN Western Regionals Called ON

Jan 7-8, 2017
Wisconsin has ice all over the place!
Madison Wi is the primary location. Could be Kegonsa or Monona. They have smoothed over some today and going to rain a bit more tonight. Above freezing temps for another 24 hours, followed by cold and wind. Ice will thicken on both lakes. No snow in the forecast with moderating temps by the weekend should lead to great ice.

Western Region Championships: Get Ready!

The DN Western Region Championships most likely will be called "ON" for this weekend, Jan 7-8, 2017. The smart money says we will sail in Madison but Winnebago may also be an option. Watch dnamerica.org/forum/index.php for details. You might notice a slight change in the layout of the race course. I suspect we will sail an INLINE COURSE with DARLING MARKS. It will be the same course we will sail at the WORLDs and NAs. Ask questions if you are unfamiliar with the new course layout.

DN parts

Sherry DN wood tiller: $175
Aluminum steering rod $50
Lots of miscellaneous DN parts including Harken pullies.
Contact: Robbie Evans: revans at mastersofsail dot com

Shake down run on Bald Eagle 12-31-16

(click for pictures) Well, Bald Eagle turned out to be a bust for racing on 12/31. Ice too rough. Looks so good but sucks so much. A little bit of recreational sailing for 3 nites, 1 DN and 1 Skeeter, but none of us lasted long. Got a good chance to test all the new Drifter parts and test for vibration resistance. Stiffer springboard is finally correct now, new runners worked great, new-used blade/storm sail seemed to work somewhat, new plank seems good but might need shims to get chocks flat. The plank is so hollow that you could hear the echo like a drum on the rough ice.

Nites on Tonka and Bald Eagle DNs to Kegonsa 12/30/16

The Tonka Nite fleet will set-up Friday in front of the fire lane next to Harry Allen's in Cottagewood. Th ice will be rough. Be sure to scout the ice as the lake has not been sailed. Never sail alone. The Bald Eagle Nite Feet is already on the ice and plans club racing this weekend. Kudos to BEIYC Commodore Bill Reed for rallying the troops. The DNs are heading to Lake Kegonsa near Madison for Friday scrub racing with the 4 Lakes IYC. The best ice reportedly is in front of Springers.

Madison Anyone?!!!

There is ice on Kegonsa. I say we go down Friday and sail. You could also stay and sail the Grand Slam FUN Regatta which has ben called "Tentatively ON" for Dec 31, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017 on Kegonsa. 4 Lakes IYC Commodore Ken Norton reports 6" of hard ice, no snow, with a bit of ripple and no bumps. He rates it a 6.5 and a 7 in terms of quality.

Centrals and Lake Pepin 12/28/16

Our friends in the Central Region, lead by Commodore Bill Cutting, had hoped to squeeze in the 2016 Central Championships before the new year. Unfortunately, the forecast is not cooperating. The word on the street is that the regatta will be canceled.

But, I do know they are sailing in Michigan. I have received reports that Struble, Sherry, Grogan and a few other speed freaks are sailing as I write this. They have great ice but a relatively small venue.

Pepin is being scouted today. Stay tuned for the report. Think Ice!

Sailing out of Harry's wed. 12/28

Might be a little rumbly for DNS. Prob ok larger boats. See if ok for fri. Sat. Sun. Otherwise. Lake city looks smoother. Meyer

Deadline for DN Worlds Registration

The 2017 DN Worlds are coming to the Western Region Jan 22-28.
Early deadline registration without penalty deadline ends Dec 31. No extensions are planned.
Save money by getting this done in the next 5 days. Go to the na.idniyra.org website to register.
There are now almost 50 pre registered!

Lake Waconia

Check In Towne Marina's Facebook page for updates on ice thickness. I live 40 ft. ,above the lake on the southern shore so I am able to see almost the entire lake. After our Christmas rain, no snow remains. Although it froze slushy so is rough. I would be happy to field phone calls at 952-442-4741. I believe the golf course restaurant is closed for the winter, but plenty of warm up locations in St. Bonifacius as well as Waconia. I'm an "old" iceboater from Tawas Bay, Michigan.

Ice for thurs 12/22 and 23

Main lake froze so unless snow blows off need to find a lake that is water sat am to freeze that night or sunday please report such a lake ?pepen Gull green lake spicer millacks???

Dn for sale boat has been sold

Dn for sale, Gougeon hull Sarns blunts stainless angles,Harken blocks. Goodwin style mast,glass over Ash-redwood carbon tube 1,800$ jdwood@frontiernet.net-Cel. 612-834-8713

Pos ice for wed12/14

The bay shorewood yc is open so hope enough clear ice by wed not huge area but goes to sun set pt put on at firelane end of hazel st off of to ka bay rd Meyer

Swede Lake ice report

Swede Lake (north of Waconia ) has 3 inches of smooth sailable ice. If you stayed local this weekend, come on out! Not much wind today, but probably enough. I am going to see up the ice surfer / free skate / windsurfer thing. I also drove by Waconia, which is half froze and will lock in tonight.

Great Western Challenge - Brainerd!!!!

JD and Jimmy do the impossible: Find ice in Brainerd.
Friday is always the best day. See you there!

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