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.
2000 North American DN Championship Results
|Pos||Sail||Gold Fleet Skipper||Sec||R1||R2||R3||R4||Points|
|1||US1183||Jan C Gougeon||Senior||1||1||1||1||4.00|
|2||US4379||John R Harper||2||3||3||2||10.00|
|3||US3283||J Bruce Williams||Senior||3||2||2||4||11.00|
|4||US183||Matt H Struble||4||5||6||3||18.00|
|5||US882||Meade A Gougeon||Master||5||4||14||7||30.00|
|6||US4824||Mark R Christensen||9||7||4||12||32.00|
|7||US4691||John W Dennis||8||13||9||5||35.00|
|8||US4961||John P Davenport||12||8||5||11||36.00|
|11||US4175||Bryan J Brieden II||6||10||8||14||38.00|
|13||US610||Don B Jones||Master||7||17||16||10||50.00|
|19||US1610||Bruce Wm. Brown||Senior||19||21||15||19||74.00|
|20||US4137||Ken Smith Jr||16||19||20||21||76.00|
|21||US4602||David L Kickhafer||20||23||23||18||84.00|
|Pos||Sail||Silver Fleet Skipper||Sec||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||Points|
|1||US88||C. Butch Babcock||Master||2||1||1||7||1||5.00|
|2||US1854||Robert J Thiessen||Master||1||4||2||3||3||9.00|
|3||US4950||Matthew A Ratliff||3||6||18||1||5||15.00|
|5||US4811||Markham G Chatterton||8||7||14||2||2||19.00|
|7||US1313||Robert K Rast||Senior||6||5||7||8||4||22.00|
|8||US5014||Mark L Isabell||11||9||6||10||6||31.00|
|9||US4140||Peter J Hoeper||Senior||9||14||5||12||10||36.00|
|12||KC4507||Brad D Reynolds||5||10||11||15||12||38.00|
|13||US472||J. William Coberly||Senior||7||12||9||13||11||39.00|
|14||US1196||Anthony M Mancini||16||11||12||19||15||54.00|
|15||US4597||Mike J Baldwin||13||16||13||18||16||58.00|
|16||US3433||Robert L Cummins||Senior||15||18||17||14||13||59.00|
|18||US2780||Mel H Nichols||Master||14||15||20||17||DNS||66.00|
|22||US9801||John P Volkman||DNF||19||22||21||DNF||87.00|