sailing 12/12 and/or 13

since so warm in mpls. back to christina? meyer

Lake Christina comes thru again!

Lake Christina at 10 am Monday. A solid 4 inches. Some texture from a week old snow melt. Rate it a 6+. No seams,heaves or steam rising at 10F.
Iceboat get together is set for a “Outdoor Recreational Activity with DN’s starting Friday- Monday. Launch at the usual Rylander’s property here.
Sorry, go to Facebook Minnesota Iceboater for photos and videos!

DN Western Challenge for 2020 is called on

Thanks to Bob Cummins, who spoke with JD the other day, the Great Western Challenge is called on.
Dec 4-6 on the best ice in Minnesota. No ice reports yet, but a cold snap in our Fergus Falls area is predicted toward the end of November. Those of us in Minnesota will find that perfect black ice.
Gas prices up that way are $1.79! Minnesota has an indoor mask requirement.

Join the Club. Pay your dues. Think Ice

Time to pony up! If you sail a DN you need to join the IDNIYRA. It's only 26 bucks and it is worth every penny.
To join or renew your membership go to:

Chris Berger, US5166, appointed Western Region Commodore

He's not only fast, now he's in charge! Chris Berger, US5166, is the new Western Region Commodore.

Chris will need help so think of ways you can contribute as regatta season approaches. When was the last time you volunteered with registration, ordered trophies, scouted ice, rolled out the starting line or set up marks. These are things we can all do. It doesn't take much effort to make a big difference.

New blade sharpener

This is my new homemade iceboat blade sharpener. It runs 2" x 132" belts, 2 HP motor, 3,600 FPM belt speed, adjustable for 80, 90, and 100 degrees, adjustable height bed. The platen is ground tool steel, which is very flat and will never wear out. Throws sparks real good !!
New blade sharpener

Iceboating: It's the people...

Some guys sail fast. Some guys build boats. Some guys can write. Bill Buchholz, US-3314, can do all three. Here is a Buchholz quote I pulled from the Maine website. For some reason it resonated with me.

"...while we all love the sensation of connecting a series of perfect tacks and gybes, it’s the people we sail with what’s most important. Our relationships are those upon which the sport is built..." Bill Buchholz (US-3314).

She's Singing in Duluth

It's over in Duluth. The Coast Guard’s huge 225' ice cutter named ALDER started its spring ice cutting operations out of the Port of Duluth. The ALDER is a so-called "multi-mission" buoy tenderer, homeported in Duluth. Its primary missions include ice breaking, law enforcement and search and rescue.

2020 Westerns complete

A huge shout out to Dan Hearn, Commodore, RC and scorers for another hugely successful Westerns.
67 Racers were treated to 8 races in moderate to heavy winds on a good sheet of ice on a new venue for most. Lake Puckaway, Wi. Results Here

Racing Sun out of Harry's In Memory of Doctor

Racing set for sun out of harry's
3/4” snow. no drifts main lake. no hazards. few closed cracks. bring your Ts. 30”. i used soft ss slippers today. south of harrys 4” drifts. i sailed all over main lake. north west side really good meyer

ya xxxxx

I will be there. Bringing Glick

US 321

sailing sat out of harrys. In memory of DR

wind 10 to 15 sat. lets try main lake and see if any clear spots. i hear from harrys south narrow part isnt too bad. meyer

Mark Christensen's Funeral info

Doctor's Funeral is scheduled for Friday, December 20, 2019. Visitation: 10 AM. Service: 11 AM. Luncheon to follow. Location: St Bartholomew of Wayzata, 630 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Obituary can be viewed at

Mark Christensen US4824

IDNIYRA Class Secretary Deb Whitehorse reports: It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Mark “Doctor” Christensen US4824. Mark sailed home on Saturday, December 14, 2019 which was also the first day of the Great Western Challenge, a regatta he was closely connected with. He was a highly competitive and skilled DN racer and part of a group of Minnesota DNers whose passion has helped to bring new people to the sport.

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