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Sweden Welcomes the 2021 – 2022 Ice Sailing Season – DN North America

Looks like the Swedes got the jump on everyone this year!

LIVE ON ZOOM: Ask Matt Struble – 12 Nov @ 7 PM ET – DN North America

Hey Folks- you don’t want to miss this Q and A with Matt Struble. If you’ve ever sailed with or against him you’ll know why….

He has a few World, NA, and European Championship victories on his resume and will be talking DN stuff tonight. You will learn something, guaranteed!

Check the link for details- Think ICE!


Hey Gang- as we wait for the swap meet be sure to take a moment to read the latest issue of Runner Tracks- Very well done and full of great info as always no matter what kind of boat you sail!

Runner Tracks – DN North America (

Runner Tracks – DN North America

Runner Tracks is the online newsletter of the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Assocation. It is published 4 ti…

New Online Hub For DN Class

No matter what kind of iceboat you sail this is worth taking a look at- Click and learn!

By the way, that is Chicago’s own Chris Berger on the start line, doing his routine pre-race stretch-

DN Class launches new online hub >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News (

DN Class launches new online hub >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

The DN Class has developed a new world portal website – – to showcase the best media while directi…

On The Way….

Things are cooling off just a little…. Soon things will freeze up….

Here’s a few photos to remind us all of what’s on the way- these were taken at Webster Lake last spring, late March if I recall.

That’s Peyton Albanese in 2172, Ed Demerest in 4886, and Matt Knowles in 5606.

It was a good day!


Take a moment, folks.

What We Need….

Summer is great and all but I think all of us are ready for some:

Jane Pegel Hits The Big Time!

Congrats to Jane Pegel! Great that her years of passion, dedication, and work are being recognized.

And did I mention that she also won a ton of regattas along the way?

Well done Jane, all of us hard-water people are proud of you-

Think ICE!

Jane Pegel US805 To Be Inducted into National Sailing Hall of Fame – DN North America (

That Time Of Year ?

Chicago DN sailor Chris Berger sends this photo, taken just a few days ago….

Clearly he is itching to get on the ice- I gave him a thorough interrogation in an attempt to get him to confess to knowing a secret lake in the Upper Peninsula that never thaws out. He didn’t crack though, just insisted that he was merely moving his gear from one storage location to another….

In any case the Solstice has come and gone, time to get psyched and get cracking on the work list- Think ICE!!


Nice little article here- a good little short history with a nice painting to go with it. Something to reflect on as we while away the summer months…

Special thanks to my mom for sending this one in!

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Memorial Day

Take a moment today folks….


Hey DN people, be sure to cast your vote regarding the spring IDNIYRA ballot- your opinion matters!

If you are an active class member you should have an electronic ballot from the IDNIYRA in your inbox, it went out May 15. Voting closes Saturday May 29 so don’t delay- If you didn’t see it in the inbox check your spam folder. Click the link below for details.

As always, vote early and often…. And Think Ice!

2021 IDNIYRA Spring Ballot News – DN North America

Canadian Championship Trophy- Help Needed

Hello All-

I am fixing up the DN Canadian Championship trophy- So far I have filled in a few blanks but there are several to go-

If you can take a look at the attached list and fill in any blanks that would be great- feel free to suggest any corrections as well and send them to me at

Much appreciated- hope spring is going well for everyone- Best, T

What I have so far:

1972 Ed Kraft

1973 Ed Kraft

1974 Spike Boston

1975 Ed Kraft

1976 Spike Boston

1977 John Schuch

1979 Don Walton

1982 Ron Sherry

1983 John Koeck

1986 Spike Boston

2000 Andre Baby

2001 Andre Baby

2002 Andre Baby

2012 Jacek Marzenski

2013 James “T” Thieler

2014 Eric Anderson

2017 Mark Christenson

2019 James “T” Thieler

2020 James “T” Thieler

James “T” Thieler

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May Runner Tracks Is Out

Hey Folks-

Be sure to take a look a the latest Runner Tracks- Very well done as always and this time it includes an article by our very own Bill Bucholz- Congrats to Bill for getting the ink!

See it and / or order it here:
2021 May Runner Tracks Newsletter Published – DN North America (

Don’t forget that spring, summer and fall fly by faster than you think they will…. Get that worklist out and get your iceboat projects done while it’s nice and warm in the garage.

Think Ice!

Landsailing at Loring This Weekend

Hey Folks- Big landsailing event this weekend- stay tuned to the CIBC site for details at
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club | Maine ice boat enthusiasts and friends

First update here:
Eastern Landsailing Championship | Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club

Second update here:

Loring Update | Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club

I haven’t attended this event but it sounds like a great time- If you have something with a sail and wheels be sure to check it out!

Think Ice (or pavement for now)

Spring CIBC Gathering

Hey Folks- If you are so inclined and need to get out of the house head on up to the CIBC spring meeting- Always a good time to be had with the Maine-iacs!

Details here:

Spring Gatherings | Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club

The Prima Donna Has Belted Out Her Song….

Not a bad season considering everything that was going on over the winter. If you were able to get out and enjoy some hard water sailing during it all give yourself a pat on the back. If not, remember to get out twice as much next season!

Of course the official word of the ice going away gives us all reason to utter a few words that aren’t as polite as they should be. If anyone gives you any grief about it, feel free to use the attached retort, sent in by John Pepper. Thanks John!

Think Ice- Get cracking on that worklist for next season…..

Moosehead Lake Video

This drone video shot by Jonne Trees last weekend at Moosehead Lake, ME.

Two days of great sailing, April 3 and 4. Good breeze, good ice, sun, scenery, Just proves that it ain’t over ’til it’s over!

Thanks to Jonne for the video and the Maine gang for scouting it-

Click and enjoy!

Moosehead Lake Ice Sailing Aerials – YouTube


Moosehead Lake Ice Sailing Aerials

Moosehead- Pics And Video

Hey Folks-

For those of you who thought the Moosehead Lake news last weekend was some sick April Fool’s prank, let it be known that there was plenty of ice, plenty of breeze, plenty of sun, and plenty of speed to be had!

Great to sail on April 4, I think that is the latest I have ever gone….

In any case, keep it in mind for next year, just in case we get another chilly spring- Worth the trip!

The picture is from Jonne Trees, the video (I hope the link works) is from Jeff Kent.

Get tuned up, only about half a year until the next ice….




Moosehead Lake is delivering…. Ice is thick, surface a bit rough but hey, totally sailable and enjoyable.

Especially for early April!

Marks are set, will be scratch racing tomorrow if there is breeze.

Forget the holidays, never mind the family, they’ll get over it. Come on up!

Lodging at The Birches. See earlier posts for details.

Think Ice!

Moosehead Lake Update

It’s looking like more of a possibility as the weekend approaches- Scouts are headed there at this moment, we look forward to hear what they find-

The latest update is here:
Moosehead Lake | Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club

Keep an eye here for more news:
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club | Maine ice boat enthusiasts and friends!

There should be a good number of boats there as quite a few people just aren’t ready to pack it in yet (myself included). With a little luck we will all be able to brag about sailing in April all summer!

Even if we can’t sail much the place is as scenic as it gets, great spot to sit in the spring sun and unwind before the summer craziness hits.

Load ’em up and stay tuned! T

April Iceboating Anyone?

It could happen- sounds like Moosehead Lake may still be sail-able. Get your soft-ice gear (full sails, slush runners, max inserts, skunners, whatever you have) out of the storage locker and think about it….

What better reason to put off getting your tax information together? Keep your priorities in order!

Keep an eye on the CIBC site for updates….

Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club | Maine ice boat enthusiasts and friends

Moosehead Right Now | Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club

2021 DN US Nationals Phot CD Available

Hey Folks- Gretchen Dorian braved the wind and cold to get quite a few awesome shots of the action at the DN Nationals in MI last season-

Do yourself (and her) a favor and grab a disc!

2021 U.S. Nationals Photo CD – DN North America (

2021 U.S. Nationals Photo CD – DN North America

Photographer Gretchen Dorian has put together a CD with over 850 images from the 2021 U.S. Nationals sailed on B…

Sad News From Up North

Mike Webber, KC 5591

The Nova Ice Yacht Club lost one of its most active members on March 17 and the IDNIYRA lost a newer, committed DN sailor.

Mike Webber, KC 5591, of Petite Riviere Nova Scotia was a professional mariner, a marine engineer. His marine engineering career began on the Great Lakes and then moved to the salt water where he worked in offshore support and then on tankers. Most recently he was the Chief Engineer and Chief Superintendent for the Polar Prince, a Lunenburg-based research icebreaker engaged in seismic surveys, contract icebreaking and other Arctic operations.

Mike was a life-long sailor, who spent some of his time off as a professional mariner cruising the Caribbean with his wife and children. Mike only started iceboating about five years ago. He quickly graduated from beaters to competitive DNs. When he upgraded his DN program he helped others get started by giving way his beaters. He improved his performance through practice and seeking the advice of more experienced DN sailors. Last year he won his first race, and regatta, when he won the Maritimes Championship on Lake Mush-a-Mush, Nova Scotia. He finished 7th in the Silver fleet at the 2020 North American Championships at Fort Peck, Montana.

Mike will be remembered for his sunny personality. He could be counted on for support when help was required. Eight days driving with him, from Nova Scotia to Montana and back, was eight days well spent. Mike was 51: it was too soon for him to go.

Warren Nethercote, KC 3786

Mike’s full obituary can be seen at

Obituary of Michael Leigh Webber | Sweeny’s Funeral Home Ltd. – Bridgewater

WEBBER, Michael Leigh – Age 51, of Petite Riviere, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Beloved son of Warren …