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 on: Today at 04:12:19 PM 
Started by Deb Whitehorse - Last post by DN 5449
4:00 pm report,status qu.Still no precipitation but system still on its way.Looks like fast moving system that will bring some rain and some snow to regatta site.With the mild temps tomorrow if we get the anticipated accumulations of less then 2" we should still be good.The Canadian DN trophy is on its way and with some Gold fleet sailors coming from MI it will be hard pressed to stay in Canada.
Next update from ice tomorrow at 9:00

 on: Today at 11:20:11 AM 
Started by Deb Whitehorse - Last post by DN 5449
Noon time update,we have mild temps a nice South Wind and no precipitation.The ice is sailing smoother then yesterday's cool temps,as snow cover has softened.We have sailors from Kingston and MI already on there way.
Back to ice,next update 4:00 pm

 on: Today at 09:22:41 AM 
Started by Deb Whitehorse - Last post by Deb Whitehorse
Canadian DN Championship Regatta

Thunder Bay, Ontario
March 25-26, 2017
Canadian Region IDNIYRA

Organizing Authority
International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association, Canadian Region
Launch: See Above
Lodging: See Above

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 – three race minimum will constitute the regatta. Discard race after six races sailed. 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.

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 regatta site is approximately one-half hour of Thunder Bay, Ontario
B. Site and Headquarters Information will be posted on the DN Bulletin Board.
C. Official regatta information, updates and accommodations:
see na.idniyra.org or http://www.dnamerica.org/forum/

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 9:15-10am on ice registration
•Sat 10am Skippers Meeting
•Sat 11am 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. Proof of Insurance
Proof of personal or race liability insurance ($300,000 minimum)

Sailing Instructions

Canadian DN Championship Regatta
March 25-26, 2017
Canadian Region IDNIYRA

1. The Race Course will be three laps of the National Iceboat Authority INLINE Course. Marks will be described at the skippers’ meeting.
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 Flag) 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 at the launch site within two hours of the finish of the last race of the day.

 on: Today at 09:20:51 AM 
Started by Deb Whitehorse - Last post by Deb Whitehorse
Photo of regatta sailing area taken on Wednesday, March 22 at 4 PM by Mike Madge.

 on: Today at 08:15:11 AM 
Started by Deb Whitehorse - Last post by DN 5449
We have a weather system approaching from the South,that is going to bring a mix of rain and snow.Keep in mind that the regatta site is located at very low elevation and tends to get less snow then City.The main part of it rolls thru over night and ends early in morning.Rest of weekend looks great for wind and weather.
We are not cancelling or postponing,we just want to be as accurate and truthfull as possible.
We have sailors on site all day today ,sailing and will be at regatta site as early as possible tomorrow to evaluate and report.Our group is very optimistic that the ice will still be sailable,Unfortunatly none of us are weather gods and can totally predict what will happen.
We are proceeding with out entertainment plans as if it is going on.Any concerns feel free to call me 807-577-2109 and I will get back to you
Marine Forcast for sailing area

 on: March 22, 2017, 09:06:11 AM 
Started by Deb Whitehorse - Last post by Deb Whitehorse
Via Peter Van Rossum
The Canadian Championship regatta has been called on for Lake Superior at Thunder Bay, Ontario for March 25-26, 2017.


Dates: March 25 – 26 , 2017

UPDATE: New launch location as of 7:30 PM CST March 22
2823 Eldorado Beach Rd
Shuniah, Ontario, Canada P7A
One half hour drive from Thunder Bay

Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites
17 Cumberland St N
Thunder Bay ON P7A 4K8 Canada
+1 807-345-5411
$89 a night Canadian, includes breakfast. Please mention Mike Madge’s name and ice boating group rate.

Sailing Instructions: Will be provided soon.

Contact:  Mike Madge is the contact (807) 577-2109 or themadges@tbaytel.net
"We will have food and beverages at the launch site and an ATV lined up for launching DNs Friday from 1:00 until dusk. We also have arranged a place to eat Saturday night."

 on: March 11, 2017, 06:16:01 PM 
Started by DN5358 - Last post by DN5358
Fun Regatta Update!
For the first time in the history of the Fun Regatta we are moving locations.  Winter struck with a vengeance today and dumped snow and big air.  Too much for a DN to go through in tomorrows light air.  A few of the big boats are staying on Otsego, but the remainder of the fleet is heading to Houghton Lake.  A solid launch site with good ice was found on the NE corner.  Pub Fishing Site (a DNR Launch), on E. Houghton Lake Dr (County RD 100), 1-2 miles south and east of Roscommon Air Port.  8-10" of ice.  There are a few drain hole near the launch that are easy to ID (Very Brown).  The ice has not been sailed as it was very windy.  Clear, hard, pebbled ice with winds around 5-6.  We plan on having a skippers meeting at 9:30 and racing starting at 10:00 or soon after, depending on how long it takes to scout the ice. DN and Open class.  Post up if you have any questions.

 on: March 09, 2017, 05:31:30 PM 
Started by DN5358 - Last post by DN5358
Here are some places to look for lodging for the Fun Regatta

Der Miner’s Parkside Reseort, closest to launch site,
6628 Old 27, S., Gaylord, MI
989.350.1373 , $125 for 4 per night, plus

Waters Inn, south of lake
10565 Old US Highway 27 S. Gaylord, MI
989.732.5636, $99/night

Others that I have not talked to are"

Benjamin Beaver Creek Resort, on west side of lake

Heart Lake Cottages, on Heart Lake south of launch site

America’s Best Value Inn

 on: March 09, 2017, 04:32:19 PM 
Started by DN5358 - Last post by DN5358
The Fun Regatta is on for Otsego Lake in Gaylord, MI.
Saturday and Sunday, (3/11-12), launching from the DNR boat ramp on the SW corner of the lake.
The Lake has NOT been sailed, but has been walked by two separator skippers.  8-10" of snow ice.  Spring Sailing.

More info on Lodging, schedule, etc. coming.

Cruising or Racing get to the ice!


 on: March 09, 2017, 09:34:19 AM 
Started by DN5358 - Last post by DN5358
Things are looking up!  We have one very good venue (Otsego Lake) but have scouts out checking a list of other potential sites.  More info to come tonight!!!

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