Thunder Bay this weekend anyone?? 3/30 - 3/31

Mike Madge has been really tearing it up this week in Thunder Bay. Plenty of ice left. This coming weekend looks pretty promising. Freezing at night, nice warm springtime sailing temperatures during the day. Looks good to me. Anybody else interested in a spring road trip? My marks are in the trailer. How about a 10 lap Canadian free for all!!
Pat Heppert
Drifter I-291
cell 612-282-3098

It aint over, but.....

Sorry, folks, but the end is near. First, the “Powers-To-Be” moved up the the first day of spring. We traditionally celebrated the beginning of spring on March 21. Now, however, astronomers and calendar manufacturers say spring starts one day earlier, March 20. By my calculations, that’s one day of sailing we will never get back.

North American Championships - Results

Ron Sherry held of the Pols and many other talented sailors to win the 2019 North American Championship.
The regatta was held on Lake Wawasee in Syracuse Indiana.

Evans and Dennis finish in top ten. Bloom finishes 16.

For results follow this link:

World Championships - Results

Congratulations to Poland's Michal Burczynski (P114} who won the Gold Cup in a borrowed boat when his equipment never made it onto the airplane! The regatta was held on Lake Indian Hills, Ohio.

Results and Michal’s speech- worth watching.

Deb Whitehorse Honored

IDNIYRA Executive Secretary Deb Whitehorse was honored, among others, Saturday evening by Lake City Minnesota Mayor Mark Nichols when she was presented with a “Key to the City.”

Lake City has a deep and rich iceboat history and had just hosted the DN Western Region Championships, the ISA’s and the Northwestern’s over three consecutive weekends. The Mayor cited Deb’s longstanding commitment and dedication to the great sport of iceboating as the reason for her selection. Mayor Nichols presented the award during the Northwestern Regatta which was sailed on Lake Pepin.

Take a lap around pepin on Merlin!

Missing DN runner. By Wayzata yacht club on Minnetonka

Not very bright Australian left a DN Runner on the ice on Friday afternoon, January 11. To the left of where the road hits the ice by the yacht club.
Ancient runner from antique (now 2 legged) DN.
if anyone found it, can you give me a quick call on 612 231 5616.

Black Ice !!

Here's the video from the 2019 ISA regatta. Keep in mind this is in really light air:

carbon fiber DN mast for sail

only $650. made by dave and markham in mn mold. steve kennedy. text or call 612 685. 8528

sailing minnetonka fri thru sun

the big zamboni all frozen by thurs. and mon big big wind gone. sat maybe no wind. im putting on at tonka bay beach. or put on at harrys. as always lake needs to be scouted at slow speed to find any hassards!! sail safe. meyer

Big River!

Lake Pepin, Mississippi River
Jan 6th, 2019

Western Region Champs: ON!!! Jan. 5-6, 2019

It’s On! The Western Regional Championships are confirmed for this weekend, Jan. 5-6 on Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota.

Group rate at AmericInn. Reference “Western Region” to get $79.99/night group rate for double queen with breakfast. Amenities include pool and hot tub. 651-345-5611
AmericInn by Wyndham Lake City
1615 N Lakeshore Drive Lake City, Minnesota 55041-9023


Pepin ice

Have two reliable reports of good 8” ice on Pepin. It’s been sailed at Pepin, Wi.
Meyer and I will sail/scout Wed at 11 am. More are welcome to join us. Expect to sail from Lake City to Wisc side and Pepin too.
Hopeful for DN Westerns there next weekend. The recent snow missed them.

sailing sun 12/30

checked ice fri noon. quite smooth but still needs freezing as water under top layer of ice. should be good by sun as quite cold fri night and sat. should be checked again sat by harrys for sailing sun and mon before pos snow mon. Ice needs to be checked before sailing!!

A Christmas Miracle?!!!

I do not believe in Santa Claus but I do consider this a Christmas miracle. After all, there was no advanced warning: No phone call, no e-mail and no text message.
But, miraculously, there they were.
So, all I can do is thank the UPS driver for delivering my "lost" runners to my front door. And, a special thanks to whoever played a role in their safe return. My faith in the DN class has been restored.

Think Ice!

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