Regattas coming soon

It's not too early to get these dates on your calendars:

DN Western Challenge - December 2-4, 2016 Best ice in Minnesota

2017 Western Region DN Regatta - January 7-8, 2017 - backup dates January 14-15, 2017

2017 DN Gold Cup and NA's - Jauary 22-28, 2017 - The Western Region hosts this event for the first time in 6 years! Mike Miller, Western Region Rear Commodore along with his committee is planning for an exceptional event. Make sure you reserve the time off to attend. If you want to help in any way, my contact info is below.

Fall Iceboat Swaps

Tim Carlson at Sailcrafters http://sailcrafters.com/ has announced the date for this years Iceboat swap for the Twin Cities area.
Mark November 5 from 10-1 PM on your calendar.
The annual Lake Geneva swap is usually the next day. Details will be posted later.

Bushey (US 5158) Does MN Iceboaters Proud

John Bushey (US 5158) continues to win at the big events. Competing out of the Lake Riley Sugarbush and Ice Yacht Club, John is never one to rest on past laurels. So, it is no surprise that John, once again, won multiple ribbons at the 2016 MN State Fair competition with several varieties of his world famous maple syrup. Congratulations, John!

DN North America: New Web Site – New Way to Join

The IDNIYRA announced the launch of its new North American website. Many thanks to those who made it happen including Executive Secretary Deb Whitehorse and Tonka's own Jim McDonagh. Thanks also to NEIYC Commodore James "Mr. T" Thieler for spreading the word and letting me plagiarize one of his posts. You can visit the new DN Class website at: http://na.idniyra.org.

The DN Membership page has also been updated. Now joining, renewing, or supporting the class is easier than ever! Just go to: http://na.idniyra.org and click on the memebrship link at the top of the page.

New England IYC Announces 1st Regatta of the Season!!!

....and it is the GREAT WESTERN CHALLANGE!

NEIYC Commodore James "T" Thieler (DN US 5224) eats sleeps and breaths iceboating. If it has anything to do with racing he is all in. So, it is no surprise that with just 6 months to go (give or take a week or two) Mr. "T" optimistically posted the first NOR of the season.

The only thing "T" forgot to mention is that "Friday is always the best day," sailors of all ability are welcome and, of course, "its going to be epic!

What follows is T's post on the NEIYC web site:
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Six Months…

Vote! And I'm not talking about Clinton or Trump.

If you belong to the IDNIYRA you just received a ballot in the mail. This is your chance to vote for the officers who make up the DN Governing Committee and for 2 changes to the class By-Laws. Cast your ballot. Let your voice be heard. Just remember to return your ballot by July 1, 2016. If you are not already a member of the IDNIYRA now is also a good time to ask "Why Not?" Most of us take advantage of the DN class without even knowing. Do you ever go online to learn how to make a repair or look for regatta information? You can thank the DN class for the web site.

Jorge Bohn G-737 Final Post as European Commodore

If you ask anyone on the iceboat circuit to name one person who singlehandedly has had a profound impact on our sport the unanimous answer would be Jorge Bohn (G-737). Unfortunately for the fleet, Jorge recently announced his retirement as European Commodore.

Jorge frequently travels to Minnesota to sail the Great Western Challenge. He is a true ambassador of our sport and the Minnesota sailors owe him a debt of gratitude for his service and leadership. What follows is his final post found on the IDNIYRA-Europe website.
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March 4, 2016 - Think Ice!

Maybe the season really isn't over.
Yes, the ice is out on Tonka but it snowed today. Tonight's forcast is for a low of 29 degrees. And, they are racing DN's as we speak in Baikal Russsia.
Maybe I am overly optimistic but Think Ice!

Bald Eagle spring classic is complete !!!

(click for pictures) We got in 4 races today before noon, which is quite obviously a BEIYC record considering our races usually don't even start before noon. Ice was soft and sticky, winds were high but plenty manageable. The new marks and starting blocks have catapulted the club into the 21st century, if only we could figure out what the numbers mean. Brett Smith was consistently fast all day, and had a runner in the air a lot. Some pictures below.

Tonka Sunday March 6 Too windy.Too soft.

Well, they say ice boating is mostly social and this weekend was no exception. It was mostly all talk and very little action. Yesterday, we stood around and swapped stories as we had zero wind. Today, it blew the dogs off their chains. High winds and soft ice saw the Tonka fleet back in the pits by 11:00.

Spring sailing is always iffy. If you venture out after the weekend scout the ice and sail safe. Wear ice claws. And never sail alone!

Tonka Sat March 5

Tonka scrub racing. Sat March 5, 2016. 9 am
That's the plan. Most likely on the main lake. Starting early while the ice is hard. It will get soft due to warming temps.
Think Ice.

DN North American's

Rob Evans (10th place) was not the only MN Boy to do well at the North Americans.

John Bushy, Lake Riley Sugar Shack and Ice Yacht Club, won the Bronze fleet. How cool is that? Well done, John!

Went to Madison, had a pretty good time.

Enjoy these clips of me desperately trying to get down the race course. We had a great time. I did pretty good. The only Minnesota member in the top ten was Rob Evans - DN4975. He got the coveted final 10th place! Nice job going from unranked to 10th!

Thanks to everybody for the great time!

Flying with Eagles on Bald Eagle Lake

Had a great time yesterday with John Stasieluk sailing his "Phantom" class A stern steerer on Bald Eagle Lake yesterday. It was about 40 F, very soft slushy ice and light winds. We hit a top speed of about 40 MPH which is probably fast enough for this huge boat on a small lake with fishermen. There was even a bald eagle sitting out on the ice!! Here's the short, shaky video:
https://youtu.be/pGfJMNhq0Q4

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