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NEIYA News from European Championship Lake Balaton, Hungary

Hey Folks!   Day one complete at DN European Champs.   Challenging conditions (puffy breeze and soft ice) put a premium on keeping your head out of the boat and avoiding the calm spots.

My apologies for not including photos but my phone went for a swim…

The Poles have top three spots with with a few others scattered in.  Yours truly just a point out of top ten right now but workin’ on it….  Honorary New Englander Chris Berger in 29th and Whitcomb sitting in 33rd in silver. Full results on DN Europe website.

A couple Videos added by the editor and borrowed from the IDNIYRA website. Thanks Deb!



Hope all well back home!   Stay tuned….     T



Hey Folks- looks like the Euro Champs have been called on for Hungary, Lake Balaton I think? Anyway we are headed in that general direction today.

Meanwhile the Central Lakes Regional Champs are on for the weekend in northern MI- lots going on!

Hope all in NE getting some sailing in-

Think Ice! T

James “T” Thieler12 Channing St.
Newport, RI. 02840

401 258 6230

Another In The Fleet!

I received an email awhile back from a guy in NH interested in getting involved in the ice game- I threw his name and email address to a few people and checked in with him a few weeks later to see if he’d had any luck- what follows is his reply. Well done gang! Classic story….

Good morning James,
Thanks for the email and for following up. In short, yes, several people from NEIYA contacted me almost immediately after you sent out your email asking for assistance. Walt Colontuono (Windham NH) offered up an intro sail in his Arrow, which went very well. After a few laps around the lake with me in training, he generously offered me use of his Arrow for much of the afternoon (which was a great experience). A couple of other sailors offered the use of their DNs, which I didn’t find nearly as comfortable or relaxing. Long story short, that evening I found an Arrow for sale on-line, rented a Hertz SUV the next day, drove to Gary Indiana, and returned the following day with a very well kept Arrow on the rooftop (see attached photo) and 1900 miles on the odometer (should have seen the Hertz guy’s face when I checked it back in). I only had a few minor items to fix up (frayed halyard needed replacing) and I’ve been out on the ice a couple of times already. Another reason to love winter in New England!
Thank you so much for putting me in contact with these folk–great group of folks.


DN Euro Champs

Hey Folks-
An elite group (Whitcomb and Thieler, can’t get much more elite than two people!) headed to Germany yesterday to compete in the European DN champs.

So far so good- all equipment arrived without delay or damage (see photo of Eben w boats at airport) and we were upgraded from economy to business class for the flight free of charge. Business class is amazing. Seats that recline to horizontal, nice blankets, fluffy pillows, great food…. Fantastic.

But back to earth now. Looks like we will be driving to Sweden for the races but no official call yet. Stay tuned for bulletins!

Hope plenty of sailing going on in NE. Central Lakes champs called on for the weekend, see IDNIYRA site for details.

Think Ice! T


Hey Folks- While we are waiting for the weather to get back to some semblance of normal take a look at these vids-

First one from Scott Valentine, ripping it up out on the Upper Peninsula of MI at the NA’s. Nicely done!

And this from the Polish champs- Watch and learn!

Hope all well and dealing with the big breeze and snow OK- Gusts to 70mph in CT last night, storm sail stuff indeed!

Think ICE! T


Canadian DN Championship Regatta
February 11-12, 2017
Canadian Region IDNIYRA

Organizing Authority
International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association
Canadian Region

1. Rules:
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 any of these are altered by the sailing instructions) and the Sailing Instructions. The Sailing Instructions can be modified at the Skippers Meeting and by a notice posted on the official notice board.

Nine race regatta format – 3 race minimum will constitute the regatta. One fleet is anticipated, but if a gold/silver split is required it will first be based on IDNIYRA rankings, with assignment by race committee thereafter. Discard race after 6 races sailed.

2. Eligibility:
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.

3. Site Information and Postings:
A. The primary site is Philipsburg, Quebec
B. Site and Headquarters Information will be determined by the regatta organizer.
C. Official regatta information, updates and accommodations: see

4. Entry and Fee:
Register in the pits Saturday morning
$20 registration fee (Canadian or US funds accepted at par)

5. Schedule of Events:
•Sat 10- 11am on ice registration
•Sat 11am Skippers Meeting
•Sat 11:30 am First start
•Sunday 10:00am First start. No race will start after 3PM

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

7. Prizes
There is a perpetual trophy for 1st place.

8. Proof of Insurance
Proof of personal or race liability insurance ($300,000 minimum)

Sailing Instructions
Canadian DN Championship Regatta
February 11-12, 2017
Canadian Region IDNIYRA

1. The Race Course will be three laps of the National Iceboat Authority INLINE Course. Marks will be orange tetrahedrons; the Darling marks will be smaller than the Windward and Leeward marks.
2. The first race of the day will start at 11:00AM on Saturday, and at 10:00AM on Sunday. Subsequent races each day will start as soon as possible after starting positions are available, but a yacht shall not be required to start sooner than 15 minutes after finishing. No race will be started after 3:00PM on Sunday.
3. A rope or wire starting line may be used: DO NOT SAIL OVER THE LINE! Each yacht’s leeward runner shall be positioned at her starting number.
4. The starting signal shall be the rapid lowering of the starter’s arms (or flag) after he/she raises his arms (or Code Flag ‘N’) to signify the preparatory signal. If the start is to be delayed after the preparatory signal, the starter will slowly lower his arms (or flag).
4. The finish of the first boat will be indicated by the display of a flag at the leeward end of the finish line. When a flag is so displayed the Bart rule is in effect. The flag will be displayed until all yachts have finished or the time limit has expired, whichever is sooner.
5. The time limit for the first finisher in a race is 6 ½ minutes per mile of rhumb line course length (e.g., for a 1 mile course, 3 laps x 2 legs per lap x 6 ½ minutes = 39 minutes). Any yacht not finishing within 20 minutes of the first yacht shall be scored DNF.
6. There will be a maximum of nine races, with three races required to constitute a series. There will be one discard if six or more races are completed.
7. Intention to protest must be reported to the race committee immediately after the race in question. A written protest must be filed with the race committee or the Canadian Rear Commodore at the launch site within two hours of the finish of the last race of the day.

DN Canadians – Feb 11-12 Launch and Hotel

Subject: DN Canadians – Feb 11-12

Hi All,

Launch Site:

Best launch site is a parking lot. It costs $10, and from their you will likely drive onto the ice and park there. Lots of ice depth I am told.

parking lot address is 101-175 Ch Champlain, Saint- Armand, QC

here is the google map link,+Saint-Armand,+QC+J0J+1T0/@45.0579751,-73.0782089,17.46z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x4cc9f300212ba3d3:0x2a7ca996807ac3b!8m2!3d45.0573783!4d-73.0751145

Hotel is

Holiday Inn Express in St. Jean Sir Richelieu