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2000 North American DN Championship

March 03, 2000

The regatta was postponed three times due to poor weather forecasts. The regatta was finally sailed at Lake Miltona, Minnesota. The ice was a pebbly snow ice, with a large area free of cracks or other hazards. The ice was hard in the morning, and turned quite soft by the afternoon with temperatures close to 60 degF. Jan Gougeon let everyone see his mastery of variable conditions by leading the fleet in all four Gold fleet races. The racing concluded after one day of racing due to deteriorating ice and forecast temperatures of 65 degF.

by Paul Goodwn - US 4061

The 2000 NA's were postponed 3 times due to poor weather forecasts. The regatta was finally sailed at Lake Miltona, Minnesota. This puts a new pin in the map as the farthest West a national regatta has ever been sailed. The Governing Group worked hard at finding a suitable site, but was frustrated by poor ice and weather conditions, and was forced to postpone for several weeks.

The final decision to hold the race in Minnesota was a difficult one, and many sailors from the Eastern regions were unable to make the long trip. Unfortunately this meant the turnout was small for a National event. Forty-seven boats made the final trip to Lake Miltona.

The ice was a pebbly snow ice, with a large area free of cracks or other hazards. The morning of the first race wind was light and variable, but after a short delay the wind settled down and allowed the regatta to get under way. The weather was not the best, with temperatures close to 60 deg F, and winds of 5-10 MPH.

Jan Gougeon let everyone see his mastery of variable conditions by leading the fleet in all four Gold fleet races on Friday. The ice was hard in the morning, and turned quite soft by the afternoon. John Harper and Bruce Williams were trying hard to catch Jan, but he was unbeatable (with a lead of over 1-1/2 minutes in one race). It was also great to see the area Rear Commodore (John Davenport), break into Gold fleet and finish in the top ten under the trying conditions.

There was some good racing in the Silver fleet, with Butch Babcock and Bob Theissen trading positions during the day, making it impossible to predict a winner until the racing was done. Butch finally took the trophy home, but it was a hard fought win. It's great to see two seasoned sailors (both masters), sailing well and providing a strong lead for the rest of the fleet.

The ice softened and deteriorated rapidly with the unusually warm temperatures. Several sailors went over holes without even realizing it, and unfortunately Jane Pegel found one too big to sail over and destroyed her plank in the last Silver fleet race. The racing was concluded for the day after that, and the overnight temperatures stayed above freezing. Sunday's forecast was for even higher temperatures, and light and variable winds. With the temperature forecast for 65 degF Sunday, the Race Committee wisely concluded the regatta on Saturday morning.

The race committee drove all the way from the Mountain Lakes region, and ran an excellent regatta. I can't say enough about the dedication it takes for a group of volunteers to travel 24 hours, and still get to the ice before 7:30 am to check the conditions and set a course. Their dedication and training really shows in how smoothly the regatta proceeded. Many thanks to Bill VanGee and his crew.

Location

Lake Miltona
United States

2000 North American DN Championship Results


Gold Fleet

PosSailGold Fleet SkipperSecR1R2R3R4Points
1US1183Jan C Gougeon Senior1 1 1 1 4.00
2US4379John R Harper2 3 3 2 10.00
3US3283J Bruce Williams Senior3 2 2 4 11.00
4US183Matt H Struble4 5 6 3 18.00
5US882Meade A Gougeon Master5 4 14 7 30.00
6US4824Mark R Christensen9 7 4 12 32.00
7US4691John W Dennis8 13 9 5 35.00
8US4961John P Davenport12 8 5 11 36.00
9KC4190Mark Wolff13 12 7 6 38.00
10US294Lou Loenneke Senior10 9 11 8 38.00
11US4175Bryan J Brieden II6 10 8 14 38.00
12US4974Stan Jones Master21 6 10 9 46.00
13US610Don B Jones Master7 17 16 10 50.00
14US4926Steve Orlebeke14 11 12 13 50.00
15US4061Paul Goodwin11 14 13 22 60.00
16US4949Steven Schmitt18 15 17 15 65.00
17US4055Bob Struble Senior15 16 21 16 68.00
18US3271Mike Jankowski17 20 18 17 72.00
19US1610Bruce Wm. Brown Senior19 21 15 19 74.00
20US4137Ken Smith Jr16 19 20 21 76.00
21US4602David L Kickhafer20 23 23 18 84.00
22US445Bob CaveDNF18 19 23 84.00
23US4695Mark Kiefer22 22 22 20 86.00




Silver Fleet

PosSailSilver Fleet SkipperSecR1R2R3R4R5Points
1US88C. Butch Babcock Master2 1 1 7 1 5.00
2US1854Robert J Thiessen Master1 4 2 3 3 9.00
3US4950Matthew A Ratliff3 6 18 1 5 15.00
4US5123Erik Ryan4 3 4 5 7 16.00
5US4811Markham G Chatterton8 7 14 2 2 19.00
6US4249Richard Kaiser SeniorDNS2 3 6 9 20.00
7US1313Robert K Rast Senior6 5 7 8 4 22.00
8US5014Mark L Isabell11 9 6 10 6 31.00
9US4140Peter J Hoeper Senior9 14 5 12 10 36.00
10US805Jane Pegel Master10 8 10 9 DNF37.00
11US4203Pat Fitzgerald Senior12 13 16 4 8 37.00
12KC4507Brad D Reynolds5 10 11 15 12 38.00
13US472J. William Coberly Senior7 12 9 13 11 39.00
14US1196Anthony M Mancini16 11 12 19 15 54.00
15US4597Mike J Baldwin13 16 13 18 16 58.00
16US3433Robert L Cummins Senior15 18 17 14 13 59.00
17US5053George Reis17 17 15 16 14 62.00
18US2780Mel H Nichols Master14 15 20 17 DNS66.00
19US4889Tom AustinDNSDNS8 11 DNF69.00
20US5555Sam Kiefer Junior18 21 19 20 18 75.00
21US1985Clark TealDNS20 21 22 17 80.00
22US9801John P VolkmanDNF19 22 21 DNF87.00
23US5096Steve KennedyDNSDNSDNSDNSDNS100.00
24US4980Fred SchilpinDNSDNSDNSDNSDNS100.00