DN North American Champs- A Little History and Perspective

From Kent Baker, IDNIYRA Vice Commodore,
comes this interesting missive on the history
of the DN North American champs…. Interesting
reading as the event celelbrates it’s 60th birthday
this year! Enjoy…

Some of us have been fortunate enough
to get some tiller-time in this season. The
Great Western Challenge was again a
success, despite light air. And for the third
year in a row, the Central Lakes Regional
Championships were held between Christmas
and New Years.

In retrospect, there was something special
about our venue for the Centrals in Anchor
Bay. Located in the North-West corner of
Lake St. Clair, we were unintentionally (and
most of us unknowingly) sailing on hallowed
DN Grounds. This was the place where the
first DN’s gathered in February of 1953 for
a regatta. Following that regatta, Bill Sarns
and Clifford Cartright began drafting up the
constitution that led to the first DN regatta in
February, 1954.

Fortunately there are a few things of
permanence. The original regatta hosting club,
North Star Sail Club became our Saturday night
social spot this year (coincidentally) thanks to
Jon Russel (US 5527) who is a member there.
Chip Cartright(US 118) – grandson of Clifford
Cartright, participated in his first regatta in
years. The Sarns and Boston names and gear
are still prominent on competitive boats today.

Our class is changing. The times can be
challenging, but the boats are better than
ever. We are anxiously looking for young blood,
but we enjoy seeing our old friends at each
regatta. After 60 years, one thing is clear: We
are amongst the few sailors in the world who
are lucky enough to partake in one of the most
incredible regatta experiences ever.

Thrilling chases and dog fights.

Camaraderie and Competiton

The fastest speeds and large fleets

New friends and old pals

Travel locations at times of the season
where no sane person would ever go.
If any of those things don’t appeal to you, you
are probably at home reading this on your
couch. And we are sorry you couldn’t join us.
For the rest of you: Welcome, Sail Fast,
Be Safe, and have a great regatta!

Registration is still open- sign up and
help celebrate by being a part of it!! Dates
are January 19-25, 2014…. Sign up at

James “T” Thieler
12 Channing St.
Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230

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