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DN Worlds Done!

Three races yesterday with some drifting snow and shifty breeze to keep everyone on their toes- Some folks had it figured out better than others! Congrats to Karol- Well done! European Champs start today, stay tuned. Good time being had by all!

DN Gold Cup Day 1

Day one in the books- Ron hanging in there pretty well, the rest of us doing what we can! Fleet is deep and talented here but we are learning a lot…. Ice is good, light to medium breeze, and cold temps- everything we love! Click here for results:

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


DN Gold Cup!

Hey Folks- DN Gold Cup starts today in NE Poland; for the life of me I couldn’t tell you what town we are in or what lake we are sailing on. Typical American tourist. Anyway it’s been an adventure as always, lots of laughs already and the regatta hasn’t even begun yet.

Good handful of US sailors here- Berger, Cummins, Hearn, Thieler, Nethercoate (close enough), Sherry…

Lake looks good! Stay tuned for reports- In the meantime enjoy a few photos of road signs, Jorg Bohn’s van, Warren, lovely Polish countryside, and the lake. Think Ice!!

James “T” Thieler

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



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 a tleast 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

Remember NO ice is completely safe and there is always thin ice someplace. It is up to each individual sailor to determine whether the conditions are safe to sail.

Reports are not an assurance of safety and may not be complete information. Please both check with the poster (just reply) and more importantly check in with others on location.


James “T” Thieler

12 Channing St.

Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230