Annual FUN Regatta - March 6-7, 2004, Traverse City, Michigan

The 2004 GTIYC FUN Regatta is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7th. Although run under the protocol of IDNIYRA rules, the regatta is designed and operated as a FUN two days of racing. There will be two fleets for DNs (gold and silver) and an open class for all other boats.

Entry fee is $20.00, which covers all racing cost and food on the ice. Proof of liability insurance is required.

Registration will be Friday the 5th at the Grand Traverse yacht Club on West Grand Traverse Bay (13615 South West Bay Shore Drive, also known as M22) beginning at 7:30 p.m. , and at the race site on Saturday the 6th. Skippers meeting will be at 9:00 a.m. Saturday.

John Dennis is the 2004 North American DN Champion!

2004 NA Champion!!Minnesota Iceboating Assoc Founding Member and Western Region Sailor John Dennis, us4691, wins the 2004 North American DN Championship!

John Dennis, (aka JD), put his sights on the championship over 10 years ago when he first went to a North Americans, and after a few close calls he completed this outstanding goal.

The NA's turned out to be a one day shoot-out on Sandusky Bay, Ohio, home of the Sandusky Sailing Club. We waited on Friday (practice day), Saturday, and Sunday and finally on Monday racing began in earnest. Patience and Perseverance was what was needed to get through this regatta in Ohio.

Iceboat Runner Sharpener for Sarns Blades – SPECIAL PRICE

Selling last few Iceboat Runner Blade Sharpeners for Sarnes blades at a reduced price of $75 plus $8 shipping. They are machined to .0005 tolerance and can be used with any belt sander.

For pictures go to: and scroll down to 1/11/04 on the left (look for Don Gillum, Eagle River)

Don Gillum
Eagle River, WI
Phone: (715) 477-1200
FAX: (715) 479-8009

FOR SALE: Complete DN Iceboat

FOR SALE: Complete DN Iceboat ready to sail...
-Sarns Runners with aluminum stiffeners
-Boston Sail with fiberglass battens
-Adjustable shrouds and stays
-Wood mast with external CF reinforcement
-Runner plank w/Aluminum cast chocks
-Harken blocks, main sheet, ice picks, sail bag and runner carry box

Plank is a little soft but useable, Lost 1 batten last year, some proper repairs made to hull, price reflects this.

Boat is in Rochester, NY and I would deliver in the Wester/Central NY area for tolls and gas.

Condition: Well Enjoyed !
Year: ~1980
Price: $1500 Firm
Contact info: Dan coughlin

2004 North American Championship | latest info

This is from the IDNIYRA Web site

2004 North American Championship

Hot Line #: 248-988-0851

There are two sites under consideration for the North American Championships:
Lake St. Clair in Detroit, MI, and
Sandusky Bay on Lake Erie in Ohio.

The ice on Lake St Clair is 2 inches of snow ice on top of 10 inches of clear ice. Both locations have ice with a rough washboard texture on the surface.

Weather forecast for this week is favorable, and conditions should improve over the next few days, and local sailors will be sailing and checking ice.

Wanted: Pictures of The DN Western Regetta

I am looking for pictures of the DN Western regetta for our ( TIYC ) calender.
If you would please let me know at

George Reis

Which 2 seater?

New to sport in Connecticut and interested in an; economical, easily transportable two seater which I may build or buy. Have seen limited info on Nite, and Gambit designs. Suggestions?


What is the best type of varnish or finish for wooden spars? Any other tips are appreciated.


Open Letter regarding Ice Boat Regattas on Minnetonka

This is from Bert Foster, Chairman RC, Wayzata Yacht Club.

It concerns how we can have an iceboat regatta on Lake Minnetonka, We have to work with the LMCD and the Water Patrol to make it happen. It is very nice of Bert to look into this and we should follow up with him. It could lay the seeds to a great regatta next year on the home lake!

Subject: Ice Boat Regattas on Minnetonka

Hi Ice Boaters

For years I have been trying to smooth the permit process with the LMCD and the Water Patrol for having ice boat regattas on Minnetonka. There is a new head of the Water Patrol (they and the LMCD issue the event permits for Minnetonka) and in a meeting with him this week I brought up the subject of smoothing out the process for permitting the ice boat regattas. I reviewed my plan with him, a received general approval and agreement to work out the details.

Help wanted for PBS kids science show "DragonflyTV"!

Hello Ice Racers!

I am a producer with a kids' science show on PBS channel two called DragonflyTV. We are interested in doing a segment on ice boat racing and are wondering if there are any 11-13 year olds who are proficient racers that would like to be on our show. You can check out our website at: or see segments online at:

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Harold Linde
Associate Producer
Dragonfly TV
Twin Cities Public Television (TPT)
172 East Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
TEL: (651)229-1303

TPT Mission Statement:

DN Ski modification?

Has anyone built an iceboat adapted for snow using a ski/skate modification? I'm a first time DN60 sailor as of last week on the Hudson the new snow has put the kabash on sailing. Just wondering if anyone has experimented with a snow design. thanks

Peter ...Hudson Valley NY

Northwest Regatta ON - Lake Monona, Madison, WI

The Northwest Ice Yacht Association Regatta has been called on for Madison, Wi for the weekend of January 23, 24, 25, 2004 on Lake Monona. Launch site is Olin Park located on John Nolan Drive on the west end of Lake Monona.

Parking permits will not be needed for the Olin Park lot. The City of Madison will not be enforcing the new parking permit requirement.


Geoff S.

2004 Nite Nationals

The 2004 Nite National Championship is tentatively CALLED ON for January 24-25 in Madison, Wisconsin. We are checking out suitable ice so as not to conflict with the Northwest which is also called on. Check status by either visiting the Nite web site or calling the hotline number at 262-367-1656.

The Nite Nationals are sailed under the by-laws and sailing instructions of the International Nite Class Association. The entry fee is $15.00 per yacht and the skipper must be a member of the International Nite Class Association to participate.

We will have the annual meeting at the regatta to discuss fleet issues and elect officers.

KEE-RASH! - Posted by: Will on White Bear Lake


Posted by: Will on White Bear Lake on January 17, 2004 at 19:06:23:

As far as I know, we had a new kind of ice-boating accident on WBL today. One of our DN regulars (we won't mention names, let's just call him "Lucky Dude" from now on) accidentally collided with an SUV. OUCH!

L.D. estimated that he was traveling at about 40 mph when he hit the vehicle and that he never saw it coming. He was blind-sided by the sail and he knew nothing was amiss until the Big Crunch. After the accident, he could remember NOTHING about the accident from that point on but, other than being all shook up, he is basically intact and did not require medical care.

Iceboat Runner Sharpener for Sarns blades

Iceboat Runner Sharpener for Sarns blades. Machined to .0005" tolerance and to be used with any belt sander.
$100 plus $8.00 shipping & handling.
Don Gillum
Eagle River, WI
Phone: (715) 477-1200
FAX: (715) 479-8009

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