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​Hey Racers 

Looks like above freezing temps again starting Friday around noon thru the weekend.  Scouts have reported today drain holes on potential regatta lakes from Maine, NH to Vermont. With that in mind and likely softening ice, its a crapshoot for a safe and fun regatta. So, I regret to say postponed again.

Steve Madden

P.S. Some will find some sails. Remember sail heads up on these changing conditions and have fun. 

Update – Eastern’s, New Englands and Just Plain Fun


This just in from Chad Atkins and Steve Madden.

  1. Eastern’s are postponed another week. More on this early next week
  2. A suitable venue for the New England’s is currently being sought New on that later today or tomorrow.
  3. Sailing fun to be had in Maine check They are sailing today but weather is coming so stay tuned.

The incoming weather has some cold into next week so could create perfect conditions. This has been a very challenging year but rewards were had for those who were ready for last minute travel or just happened to live nearby.

Think Ice we are not done yet.




Cover of the Rolling Stone…

The rumors were flying a few weeks ago. Rolling Stone Magazine would be doing an article and video at the DN NA’s. Well, those that were on Lake Charlevoix know it was more than a rumor. Watch the video, read the article and enjoy. NEIYA members got some good play as well as Champion Ron Sherry and his son Griffin.

Pay attention as there is a quiz at the bottom.

The full Rolling Stone article here

Told you there would be a quiz. Who said what?



NIYC champs!

The Nova Ice Yacht Club sailed the NS Champs/AKA Snelly cup on Saturday Feb 17 on beautiful fast ice at MushAMush Lake. Races 1-2 were very exciting in breezy air calling for the MS1 sail. Races 2-3, a bit lighter calling for the ABSS sail and races 5-6 the FO1 sail was best for the lighter wind later in the day. Everyone had their moments of glory and especially for Clyde Childs who scored a second place finish in race 3. After race 4 we took a break to enjoy great hot food and snacks provided by Claudette, we were well fed and watered and continued on to races 5-6. Races 5-6 turned out to be good light air practice. In races 5-6, positions on the race course were traded a few times due to shifting wind conditions with the outcome determined in the very last part of the downwind leg to the finish line. It was a great day of racing on Lake MushAMush.

Bob Crinion
KC 4536

See pics and results

Nova Ice Yacht Club
2018 Nova Scotia Championship
February 17, 2018, Lake Mush-a-Mush
(-6C Clear Smooth Ice)
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R5 Total Net
1 Bob Crinion, NS 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 5
2 Tyler Garland, NS 2 2 3 3 2 3 15 12
3 Danny Moser, PEI 7 5 5 2 3 2 24 17
4 Howard Garland, NS 3 4 7 4 6 5 29 22
5 Clyde Childs, NS 6 8 2 6 5 7 34 26
6 Mike Webber, NS 5 7 8 8 4 4 36 28
7 Art Samson, NS 4 3 4 7 DNS DNS 42 30
8 Dave Whynaght, NS 8 6 6 5 DNS DNS 49 37
9 Dave Collins, NS 11 9 9 10 DNS DNS 63 51
10 Doug Gaudet, PEI 10 DNS DNS DNS DNS 6 64 52
11 Derrick Knickle, NS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS 72 60


With a little luck this will happen this weekend- Get your gear ready and block out the weekend! REad closely, especially last line!

Eastern Lakes Regional DN Championship Regatta 2018
North American Eastern Region

Organizing Authority: International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association and the North American Eastern Region

1. Rules:
1.1 All races will be governed by the Racing Rules of the National Iceboat Authority; the By-Laws of the IDNIYRA, and Official Specifications of the DN Ice Yacht; the Notice of Race, including any amendments to the Notice of Race, (except as modified by the sailing instructions) and the Sailing Instructions.
1.2 The Sailing Instructions can be modified at the Skippers Meeting and by a notice posted on the official notice board.
1.3 Sail number does not need to match fuselage number or skippers registered IDNIYRA number but does need to be unique to each skippers sail (no duplicates on course)
1.4 Nine race series per fleet – 3 race minimum in the Gold Fleet will constitute the regatta. Fleets – Gold and possible Silver Fleet/ Plate Runner Division/Rookie Division, Volunteer split for fleets if needed. Discard race after 6 races sailed.

2. Eligibility:
2.1 All DN class yachts meeting the requirements of the Official Specifications and whose skippers meet the requirements of the By-Laws of the IDNIYRA as stated in the section IDNIYRA Regattas are eligible to enter and race in the championship.
2.2 Skipper needs to be a current member of IDNIYRA in good standing and have paid their 1 time sail number fee.

3. Site Information and Postings:
3.1 The primary site is within the North American Eastern Region
3.2 Site and Headquarters Information will be determined by the regatta organizer.
3.3 Official regatta information, updates and accommodations:,

4. Entry and Fee:
4.1 Registration will be at the launch site on Saturday morning 4.2 Registration fee: $20 US

5. Schedule of Events:
Sat 9:15-10am on ice registration
Sat 10am Skippers Meeting
Sat 11am First start
Sunday 10:00am First start. No race will start after 4PM

6. Sailing instructions
6.1 Official Sailing Instructions will be provided at registration.

7. Prizes
7.1 We are trying to locate any and all trophies for this event.

8. Proof of Insurance
8.1 Proof of personal or race liability insurance ($300,000 US minimum) 8.2 A hard copy of the policy must present at the time of registration. No exceptions.

Polish DN Champs Video And Report!

The following post is shamelessly stolen from Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club website- Thanks Deb! Check it out….

2018 DN Gold Cup: The Journey Begins

by Deb Whitehorse

Here’s an exciting video from the recent Polish Championship regatta to kick off the road to the DN Gold Cup and European Championship. The DN World Championship, which alternates between Europe and North America, will take place February 24 – March 3 somewhere in Europe. Poland’s Karol Jablonski P36 is the defending World and European champion and will be competing to take home his 12th Gold Cup. He’ll face a tough field by the looks of last weekend’s Polish Championship. (Results here) In the immortal word’s of The Icemaker, “It’s gonna be epic.”
Registered sailors for the 2018 Gold Cup
Sailors from North America making the trip are:
Chris Berger US5166
Bob Cummins US3433
Daniel Hearn US5353
Warren Nethercote KC3786
Ron Sherry US44
James “T” Thieler US5224

A Word from Chad – Stand Ready Sailable Ice Is Coming


With two of our major Eastern Region/NEIYA Championships left to sail (The DN Eastern Regionals and The New Englands) and March only a few weeks away please be ready to go for either or both of these championship weekends if you want to race.
We could be dealing with rising lake levels and constant changing of surface conditions so expect the calls to be late Thursday or even mid day Friday. This is your prep warning and we are going to try to do some sailing if mother nature allows since the base is still there up north at several venues.
For the Easterns you will need to be a current member of IDNIYRA and at least have paid your one time sail # registration fee with the class. It will be ok to compete if you have not received the specific number from the class treasurer or installed it at the start of the event You will however need to have a sail # that is unique to you and your craft, no duplicates.  Also, make sure you print out your $300,000 liability insurance policy to have in hand and on site. I don’t care if you sailed in the NA’s and had it there- this is a different championship and it requires the policy to be present at the time of registration, period. No exceptions.
The NOR for the Easterns will be coming out later in the week so keep an eye out on and
Best, Chad Atkins
DN US 4487
IDNIYRA Eastern Rear Commodore
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