About the Ice Optimist
About the Ice Optimist
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Latest Ice Optimist News
Check out the latest edition of the DN online magazine, Runner Tracks, for an article by 4LIYC member Ron Rosten about junior ice sailing in Europe and North America. Ron and his son, Thor, have traveled to compete in the Junior World championship for several years now.
These Mechanix Illustrated plans for a front-seater junior ice yacht never caught on but you can still “make your youngster the envy of every kid on the pond” with a modern Ice Optimist iceboat. The illustration reminds me of the 2008 video of the Stern-Steerer Kid, embedded below the plans.
From Ron Rosten, just returned from the Junior World Championship:
Parallel Universe. The gentleman standing behind Team Sweden is Uppsala’s Kjell Mattsson. Every DN in Uppsala, Sweden has been built, repaired, or upgraded in Mr. Mattsson’s shop. Does this sound familiar to anyone in Madison with an almost identical last name?
While ice sailing is on temporary hold here in Wisconsin because of too much snow, here’s a video to brighten your day. Despite the snow, these kids at the 2018 Junior World Championship are eager sailors having fun.
The Junior DN & Ice Optimist World Championship regatta has been completed with 7 races in the DN fleet and 6 in the Ice Optimist fleet. Congratulations to Estonian sailor Rasmus Maalinn who sailed nearly a perfect regatta with 6 firsts and one second. 2017 JWC Eddie Klemets of Sweden was second. Zuzanna Rybicka of Poland was the highest placing female with an 8th. Estonia’s Karl Ader took first in the Ice Optimist division and another Estonian, Lisbeth Taggu, was the highest placing female with fifth place finish.
The show isn’t over yet as the fleets are making a two hour move (because of snow in Lithuania) today northeast to Riga, Latvia to complete the European Championships tomorrow.
The DN Junior and Ice Optimist Word and European Championschips got underway on Lake Rekyva in Lithuania.
There were 2 DN races and 1 Ice Optimist race. From what I gather on Facebook, the wind was light today. 4LIYC DNer Thor Rosten is competing in the championship.
Video from DN Ice Sailing Lithuania Facebook page, January 31, 2018, Lake Rekyva.
The DN and Ice Optimist Junior World Championship will take place in Siaulai, Lithuania on Rekyva Lake.
Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club DNer, Thor Rosten, and his dad Ron, are leaving for the regatta today and taking Thor’s Meade Gougeon red DN acquired over the summer from Ron Sherry. Good luck, Thor!
NOTICE OF RACE
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2018 North American Ice Optimist Championship
Date: Friday, January 5: Practice Day
Saturday, January 6 – Sunday, January 7: Racing Days
Location: The regatta will be held at the site of the 2018 DN Western Regionals. (Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, or Iowa.)
This will be a fun oriented event with no prior racing experience required. Due to kids graduating out of the Optimist Class, there are many Optimists available and a short of kids to sail them. If you know kids that have an interest, please contact Ron Rosten and we’ll set them up with a boat.
Awards shall be given to the yachts placing first through fifth.
Entry fee is $20.00 per yacht.
Contact Ron Rosten at email@example.com for more information. Also see Ice Optimists of North America Facebook page for regatta updates.
Congratulations to 4LIYC Ice Optimist sailors Fritz and Meta Simon for their win in the junior division of the Inland Lakes Yachting Association X Boat regatta sailed on Delavan Lake. In a field of 67 boats, that’s an impressive performance. Results here.
Welcome to the North American Ice Optimist Homepage
The IDNIYRA has announced that a new volunteer has stepped forward to head up the Ice Optimist program.
Ron Rosten, an active Renegade class sailor with the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club in Madison, Wisconsin traveled with his son,Thor, to the Ice Optimist and DN Junior World Championships in Estonia in February 2015. As a result, Thor is hooked on the sport and Ron has stepped forward to take the reins of the Ice Optimist program.
The first Ice Optimist program director, Daniel Hearn, did an incredible job starting the Ice Opti program and putting together great events which included safety, training, and social activities. Kids made life long friends while having fun-what iceboating is supposed to be about.
Thank you, Daniel, for all you continue to do for iceboating
Ron grew up racing a DN in regional and national regattas. He has served as the Renegade class Secretary for several years and is experienced with all aspects of ice sailing and regatta organization.
Ron said he wants to “try and bring in as many new kids as possible. The goal is to run on a separate course from the senior fleet with a group of sailing coaches whose objective is to assist all kids and make sure everybody has a great experience. Look for a newsletter in the fall with a Ice Opti Facebook page. Any ideas and suggestions to get the program off the ground are welcome.” Ron can be contacted by telephone at 608-692-8816 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org