by Deb Whitehorse | Sep 9, 2022 | 2022-2023, Home Page
If you are interested in some of the latest iceboating news, check out this month’s edition of the DN newsletter Runner Tracks. The IDNIYRA Technical Committee has been working on improving the Official Specifications, and they’ve submitted proposals and drawing for the fuselage and runner plank. There’s also an epic adventure about defending a DN World championship title in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) by Mike O’Brien. Read it here.
by Deb Whitehorse | May 12, 2020 | 2019-2020, DN, Home Page
Photo: Sophie Marc-Martin
by Deb Whitehorse | Feb 12, 2019 | 2018-2019, DN, Home Page
2019 February Runner Tracks
The February issue of the DN newsletter, Runner Tracks, has just been published over at the DN class website. Besides some excellent photography, this mid-season issue has a couple of articles that may be of interest to those involved with the race committee end of things. IDNIYRA Commodore Warren Nethercote’s article about the DN tiebreak system also includes information about how Steve and Mary Jane Schalk deal with tiebreaks in other classes. If you want to get a handle on the Bart scoring system, read Loretta Sherry Rehe and Paul Goodwin’s article that explains Bart scoring (also known as Grand Prix scoring, or Indy 500 scoring as I call it. When the checkered flag goes up at the Indy 500, all cars finish no matter what lap they are on.)
by Deb Whitehorse | Feb 7, 2019 | 2018-2019, Home Page, Ice Optimist
Ice Optimist sailor Livia Liszkiewicz P334 would rather be ice sailing! Photo: Olsztyński Klub Żeglarski Facebook Page
DN Junior World Championship: 1st Rasmus Maalen, 2nd Zuzanna Rybicka Photo: Zuzanna Rybicka
The 2019 Junior DN and Ice Optimist World Championships are complete. Congratulations to all who competed including the 4LIYC’s Thor Rosten who kept his DN moving in some sticky, light conditions. The European Championship began today and will be completed on Friday.
It’s heartening to see these kids racing iceboats and gives us all hope for the future of this always fragile sport. North Americans may be wondering how the Europeans can field an 80 boat youth regatta on ice. 4LIYC member and North American Junior Secretary Ron Rosten has written about why he thinks the Europeans are miles ahead of North America in youth iceboat sailing. Read his article, “The State of Youth Sailing” in the September 2018 issue of the DN newsletter, Runner Tracks.
Europeans are also leading the way to encourage more women to compete in the sport. One sailor who has benefited from such a strong youth program is Polish DN sailor Zuzanna Rybicka -she has had quite an ice sailing season. Someday we will see her compete in North America. I took the liberty of posting (with a bit of correcting and guessing on the translation) her thoughts from Facebook today:
Yay! Today ended the junior world championship where I took 2th place in the DN fleet and 1st place in the women’s division. 🏆
It’s a great goodbye with age junior, and at the same time successful year greeting with age
This year I got a lot of support from a lot of people and I would like to thank everyone Awesome starts having such great fans like you guys.
Summary of my results in season 2018/19:
🥇 1st Women, European championship
🥈 1st. Women, Polish junior championship
🥈 2nd Junior World Championship
🥇 1st Women, Junior World Championship
[In today’s] European Junior Championship, after the first day I am on lead among women and second place in DN. Open. Keep your fingers crossed, tomorrow decisive races 💪
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by Deb Whitehorse | Sep 12, 2018 | 2018-2019, Home Page, Ice Optimist
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.