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Regatta Results by Season

Here is the DN Championship Regatta Results By Season.

2013 North American DN Championship

January 30, 2013 to February 02, 2013

Location

Lake City, Minnesota
United States

The race course where the Gold Cup was held was too full of ruts to use for the North American championship. The day after the Worlds, gusty winds caused postponement allowing John Dennis, Ron Sherry, and Tomek Zakrzewski to spend the day scouting Lake Pepin for a better ice sheet. They found a good sheet a little ways north. After waiting a few days, the wind finally came up enough to complete the North American Championship on Saturday, February 2 in a bitter cold, one day shoot out. John Dennis won his second North American championship.

2013 Gold Cup World DN Championship

January 27, 2013 to February 02, 2013

Location

Lake City, Minnesota
United States

Lack of conditions in the host Central region caused the Worlds to be relocated to Lake Pepin, the largest lake on the Mississippi, in Lake City, Minnesota. The first two races were sailed on Sunday, January 27, in tough conditions including snow, sleet, and rain. After a one day postponement due to no wind, the regatta concluded after four more races on Tuesday, January 29 with Tomasz Zakrzewski P55 of Poland repeating as Gold Cup champion.

2012 North American DN Championship

February 28, 2012

Location

Green Bay
United States

The regatta was postponed 24hrs to wait for a storm to go through the East Coast's primary location of Burlington, VT. After the snow storm had moved through and wiped out Lake Champlain, the site was moved to the location of the 2012 Northwestern Regatta, Green Bay. The regatta was held in the shallow end of Green Bay, right by the University of Green Bay. On the first day, high winds delayed the start of racing till around 2:00pm when the wind had settled down from the gusts of 30kts to a more manageble fading breeze. Three races were raced in each fleet.

2011 North American DN Championship

February 01, 2011

Location

Canceled
United States

CANCELED!

After the snow storm of the century arrived and put and end to the Gold Cup, the fleet was released to find shelter from the storm. The next day, scouting parties looked, but could not find suitable ice in Green Bay and other locations. For the first time since the change of the rules that prevent the rescheduling of the regatta, the regatta was called off.

2011 Gold Cup World DN Championship

January 30, 2011 to January 31, 2011

Location

Lake Senachwine
United States

The Gold Cup was to begin in Menominee, MI but snow-fall on Friday night, January 28 forced the regatta to be moved 6 hours south to Putnam, Illinois on Senachwine Lake which is only one mile wide. Qualification races were held on Sunday, January 30th but the first Gold Fleet race didn’t make the time limit. On Monday, 5 Gold Fleet races were sailed, and 4 each in the Silver and Bronze fleets in shifty winds ranging from 9 to 25 knots on bumpy snow ice with 50% snow coverage and sticky snowdrifts. Tuesday morning the wind was blowing 35 knots and snow had fallen overnight.

2010 North American DN Championship

March 24, 2010 to March 28, 2010

Location

Thunder Bay, Lake Superior
Canada

After days of a frustrating search to find suitable ice anywhere in North America, Thunder Bay, Ontario was scouted and found to have miles of beautiful ice. It was the first time that the regatta has been held on Lake Superior. 58 skippers registered for the regatta which allowed the fleets to be split into Gold and Silver. Then after waiting days for the wind to make an appearance, the regatta was finally completed and Ron Sherry won his ninth North American Championship trophy.

2010 Gold Cup World DN Championship

February 06, 2010 to February 13, 2010

Location

Neusiedlersee
Austria

Snow-fall after opening ceremonies at the original site of Lake Balaton in Hungary resulted in the regatta moving to Neusiedlersee, a lake on the Austrian/Hungarian border. The starts were in Hungary and the weather mark in north in Austria. Seven races were completed and Michal Burcyznski won his second Gold Cup.

2009 North American DN Championship

February 12, 2009 to February 13, 2009

Location

Green Bay
United States

After the Gold Cup, the ice at Torch Lake deteriorated and the regatta moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin. The ice in Green Bay was cobblestone ice with hazards and 1/4" of snow on it. On the first day there was too much wind for ice conditions but on the second day there was the perfect 4-7 knots of East-North-East wind. On the third day there was no wind and a covering of snow so the regatta was done with one good day of racing. Awards where presented on the ice and Ron Sherry took home his eighth North American Championship trophy.

2009 Gold Cup World DN Championship

February 08, 2009 to February 14, 2009

Location

Torch Lake
United States

The ice on Torch Lake in Michigan went from 4" of crusty snow to 2" of standing water, to perfect conditions for the Gold Cup. The first day was sunny with moderate wind on fast ice and the second day was overcast. Matt Struble successfully defended his 2009 World Championship over four-time World Champion Ron Sherry.

2008 North American DN Championship

January 14, 2008 to January 18, 2008

Location

Lake City
United States

The regatta was moved to Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River after a last minute snow fall covered the perfect ice at the primary venue, Lake Winnebago. Ninety eight sailors made the trip to the land of bald eagles to participate in a great regatta. Winds ranged from 10 to 20 mph with scattered small drifts. The ice was a bit rough but the five mile ice boat cruse on the Mississippi at the end of the day was truly a pleasure.

2007 North American DN Championship

February 21, 2007 to February 23, 2007

Location

Menominee
United States

The regatta was completed on Friday with Wednesday as a lay day after the Gold Cup, in Menominee, Mi on Green Bay, Lake Michigian. Conditions were again very favorable with the same results for the first four places in Gold Fleet. What a week of sailing! Everyone drove home tired, happy and satisfied. Truly a fabulous week.

2007 Gold Cup World DN Championship

February 18, 2007 to February 20, 2007

Location

Green Bay, Menominee
United States

The regatta was held on the near perfect ice of Green Bay at Menominee, Michigan. Matt Struble prevailed over Tomas Lingren in the last race to win the see-saw battle between the two. Conditions were fast and temperatures were mid twenties. Everyone sailed home into the sunset after a perfect event.

2006 North American DN Championship

January 28, 2006 to February 04, 2006

Location

Pepin
United States

The race site at Lake Winnebego was abandoned because of one foot thick snow drifts. The regatta was moved three hours west to Lake Pepin; a wide spot of the Mississippi River, in Pepin, Wisconsin. The regatta was completed after two days of racing thru semi firm 1-2 inch snow drifts. You could watch eagles flying overhead as you checked your tell tales.

2006 Gold Cup World DN Championship

March 05, 2006 to March 12, 2006

Location

Lake Muertz, Berlin
Germany

Race #1 for all fleets was completed on Lake Muertz near Berlin, Germany. The fleet sailed their way home in a blizzard Sunday night and woke up to heavy snow cover on the ice. The regatta was completed in Sweden on Thursday at Lake Vaettern on 3-4 inch thick ice. Conditions were slow with some snow coverage and Michal Bruczynski became the first “second gneration” champion. His father Piotr was declaired “best coach”. The Polish sailors in general showed there skills in these conditions.

2005 North American DN Championship

February 12, 2005 to February 13, 2005

Location

Elk Lake
United States

The regatta was to be sailed in Wisconsin in January with the Worlds but all sites became snowed out just as the Worlds finished. The regatta was rescheduled to a later February date and Elk Lake, Michigan became the site. This became a wonderful venue with great weather in which to hold and finish the North Americans.

2004 North American DN Championship

February 21, 2004 to February 24, 2004

Location

Sandusky
United States

The site was moved after several days of warm temperatures and rain made the safety of the ice at the primary site questionable. The regatta was relocated to another bay in Sandusky where the ice is always thicker and more stable. This new location in front of Cedar Point amusement park was the made famous in the "Welcome to Our Playground!" photo that graced the North American IDNIYRA website for many years. This site only has room for 3/4 mile courses, so the Race Committee divided the sailors into three fleets.

2003 North American DN Championship

February 06, 2003 to February 08, 2003

Location

Lake Champlain
United States

Deteriorating ice at the Gold Cup site moved the NA regatta north to Plattsburgh,NY onto a fairly restricted piece of glare ice that resulted from rain followed by some serious cold and wind. Dangerous conditions stopped racing after the first qualifier and racing didn't resume for 3 days. With a stroke of luck and termination, the race committee squeezed the third Gold fleet race into the moments just before sunset on the very last day of the regatta which saw Ron Sherry the Gold winner, Eben Whitcomb the Silver winner and Bill Condon the winner in bronze.

2002 North American DN Championship

January 26, 2002 to January 27, 2002

Location

Lake Mille Lac,Garrison
United States

The regatta was sailed on Lake Mille Lac, Garrison, Minnesota, the only suitable piece of ice in North America east of Montana and south of Alaska. Across the movable ice bridge and into the fish house suburbs went the troops to find 80% clear pebbly ice with low sticky drifts that put a premium on runner selection and energy management. The first day saw only a single silver race before the wind went away. The next day started light for the Gold fleet but picked up for their second race. During the following Silver race drizzle started falling and visibility was limited.

2001 North American DN Championship

February 15, 2001 to February 17, 2001

Location

Saginaw Bay
United States

The North American's followed on the heels of the light air, abbreviated Gold Cup on the same piece of ice in Saginaw Bay, Michigan. The trip to the race area on the first morning promised more light conditions, but the wind finally began to come up and the race committee got in 4 races for all in the freshening winds. Conditions held (and the Coast Guard icebreaker stayed away) on Saturday with 3 more races all around. Thirty hours accomplished more in terms of sailing and fun than the previous 5 days.

2001 Gold Cup World DN Championship

February 12, 2001 to February 13, 2001

Location

Bay City, Saginaw Bay
United States

The regatta was scheduled for Lake St. Clair but unseasonably warm and wet weather combined to shrink and perforate a large sheet of clear ice and the event was moved north to Bay City on Saginaw Bay. The area was enormous, but the surface was pebbly snow and ice melt and the warm and calm weather resulted in a truncated series. Fog, light air and the sticky surface put a premium on boat speed management which gave the European contingent a chance to show their familiarity with adverse conditions.

2000 Gold Cup World DN Championship

Location

Lake Hjälmaren, Stockholm
Sweden

The Gold Cup was sailed on Lake Hjälmaren, 110 km south-southwest of Stockholm, Sweden. More than 190 sailors showed up to race on the long courses. The first day the ice was wet and fast with 18 mph wind speed, and 7 races were sailed. The second day had too much wind to sail. On the third day the ice was dry and hard, but there was a delay waiting for the wind to build and only two races were sailed.

2000 North American DN Championship

March 03, 2000

Location

Lake Miltona
United States

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

1999 North American DN Championship

February 25, 1999 to February 26, 1999

Location

Lac Saint-Louis, Pointe-Claire, QC
Canada

The North American Championship was held immediately after the World Championship on a large piece of ice on Lac St. Louis, Canada. The wind was not very cooperative on the first day, but the mini-qualifiers were held, as well as the first Gold fleet race. The next day of racing was started in light but fairly steady wind, which built to around 10 knots during the afternoon. This provided excellent racing, with 6 races in Gold and Silver fleets, and 5 races in Bronze Fleet.

1998 North American DN Championship

February 15, 1998 to February 16, 1998

Location

Button Bay, Lake Champlain
United States

The North American's were held on very noisy ice in Button's Bay on Lake Champlain, south of Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Greg Smith of Gull Lake, Michigan, was the new North American Champion after seven hard-fought races. Seven races were also held for the Silver Fleet, with a total of 84 participants in the regatta.

1997 North American DN Championship

January 17, 1997 to January 19, 1997

Location

Lake St. Clair
United States

The North American's were held after the Gold Cup on Lake St. Clair, Michigan, in extreme cold and sticky ice conditions. After five races in Gold Fleet, there was a three-way tie between Piotr Burczynski, Meade Gougeon and Karol Jablonski. After the tie was broken, Meade Gougeon was our new North American Champion. There were also five races held for Silver Fleet which was won by Commodore Bill Condon. In all, there were 118 participants for this event.

1997 Gold Cup World DN Championship

January 14, 1997 to January 17, 1997

Location

Lake St Clair
United States

The 1997 Gold Cup regatta was held on Lake St. Clair in Michigan January 14 through 17. The event was originally scheduled to be sailed on Green Lake in Wisconsin. Snow accumulation throughout the country made it difficult to select a new site. Due to extremely cold temperatures in the area, a new piece of ice formed on Anchor bay and it became the only sail-able site in North America. There was an unfortunate start to racing when the all-terrain vehicle and trailer carrying the race committee went through the ice.

1996 Gold Cup World DN Championship

Location

Neusiedlersee
Austria

Monday, January 22nd, 173 entries started the World's in light ESE winds. Tuesday, moderate to strong wind and an overcast sky spelled a weather change. In the afternoon on the next day, it started to snow. By evening, it became clear that Neusiedlersee, Austria, was unfit for iceboating. This enabled prize awarding at a planned dinner party as 4 races in both Gold and Silver, and 3 races in the Bronze fleet had been sailed.

1996 North American DN Championship

February 11, 1996 to February 12, 1996

Location

Mallets Bay, Lake Champlain
United States

After a false start because of a downpour of rain on Thursday, the North American's were moved from Detroit, Michigan to Burlington, Vermont, on Saturday, February 10th. On Saturday evening, about 1/2 inch of snow fell. To the racers on Sunday, it gave the sensation that you were not moving very fast, when you actually were. Four races were held for both Gold and Silver fleet. Racing on Monday was cancelled due to extremely cold temperatures and winds out of the NW at 15 to 25 mph.

1995 Gold Cup World DN Championship

Location

Lac St. Louis, Montreal
Canada

The Gold Cup was sailed on Lac St. Louis in Montreal, do due to poor ice conditions at the original location of Lake Canandaigua in New York. The ice was almost fifty percent snow covered which made the port side of the race course heavily favored. Early racing was dominated by the Swedish team, but Karol Jablonski persisted and won his second World Championship.

1995 North American DN Championship

January 01, 1995

Location

Montreal
Canada

The North American Championship was sailed on Lac St. Louis in Montreal, PQ due to poor ice conditions at the original location of Lake Canandaigua in New York. The ice was almost fifty percent snow covered which made the port side of the race course heavily favored. Karol Jablonski's ``relative'' consistency paid off with a victory as the result.

1994 Gold Cup World DN Championship

Location

Gizycko
Poland

Originally scheduled for Gizycko, Poland this regatta was moved 120 kilometers south because of too much snow on the original race site. The new race site offered good ice, but very little wind for almost a full week while the frustrated sailors waited on the starting line. Each day there was some racing in each fleet in light and shifty winds. After completing five races, G624 had won the Gold Cup and the North German Fleet had a strong showing in all fleets.

1994 North American DN Championship

March 15, 1994

Location

Elk Lake
United States

After a false start because of newly formed drain holes at Grand Lake in Ohio, the racing was postponed for six weeks in a snow filled winter. Finally, Elk Lake in Michigan reported raceable ice in mid-March. Many people could not attend after using vacations on the false start, but three races were held on the final day of the regatta to complete the series.

1993 Gold Cup World DN Championship

Location

Lake Geneva
United States

The Gold Cup was sailed at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin on Geneva Lake at Buttons Bay. The surface of the ice was slightly bumpy, but firm snow ice. The first day was characterized by very puffy wind conditions with large shifts, and by the end of the day everyone's mast was either broken, or well tested. (Twenty-three change of equipment forms on the first day were to change broken masts.) The second day the wind got very light the Gold Fleet coasted quietly around the course before the wind stopped for the day.

1991 North American DN Championship

January 01, 1991

Location

Lake Leelanau
United States

The 1991 regatta was to be held in conjunction with Gold Cup but was postponed for several weeks due to warm weather and poor ice conditions. The regatta was held at Lake Leelanau Michigan, northwest of Traverse City. The regatta was completed in one day on a crowded course which resulted in several collisions.

1990 North American DN Championship

January 01, 1990

Location

Elk Lake
United States

The 1990 regatta was scheduled for Sodus Bay, New York. It wound up on Elk Lake near Traverse City, Michigan. The accommodations at the Elk Lake Lodge were wonderful. The sailing was on hard, fiat frozen slush. The wind for most of the races was 15 to about 22 mph. The second day it was much lighter and variable in direction.

1989 North American DN Championship

January 25, 1989

Location

Lake Champlain
United States

The North Americans were sailed in one very cold afternoon on Lake Champlain at Sandbar State Park, just north of Burlington VT. The date was January 25. Three races were sailed in the Gold fleet and two in the Silver and Bronze. The ice was bumpy with about 30% thin snow coverage. The wind was about 10 mph. The regatta was called complete the next day as the wind was a steady 50 mph with a gust of 88 recorded nearby!

1988 North American DN Championship

January 01, 1988

Location

Trenton
Canada

The race was scheduled for January 30 and 31 on Hamilton Harbor, Ontario. Lack of sailable ice there resulted in a move to the Bay Of Quinte in Trenton Ontario. Three races for three fleets with a total of 104 sailors were sailed on Saturday. Conditions were wet and windy. Puddles on the ice slowed the boats much like snow drifts except you couldn't tell which ones were the deep ones. The wind was about 15 mph. By the following day the puddles had found their way through the ice resulting in some large drain holes on the course.

1987 Gold Cup World DN Championship

January 27, 1987

Location

Lake St Clair
United States

The regatta was scheduled for and sailed on Lake St Clair, Michigan (USA). Two races were sailed in diminishing winds on Jan 27. The following day the remaining three races were sailed in 15-20 mph winds. Ice conditions were good, lumpy areas with black ice around them. 1987 marked the 50th year since the DN was originally designed.

1985 Gold Cup World DN Championship

Location

Barnegat Bay
United States

The Gold Cup was scheduled for Green Lake, WI, USA. Snow dictated a move to Tawas City, MI. Light wind, cold weather and ultimately more snow sent the regatta to Barnegat Bay, NJ. The first two days at Barnegat saw 40 mph winds. FINALLY on Sunday the regatta was sailed in near perfect conditions. The course was huge; the wind was 12- 18mph; the ice was hard flat salt ice with a pebbly surface. Five races in each fleet were sailed without problems. A perfect ending to a difficult regatta.

1985 North American DN Championship

January 01, 1985

Location

cancelled
United States

The North American Championship didn't get off with the Gold Cup because the entire week was used up getting to and sailing on Barnegat Bay,NJ. Two weeks later another attempt was made on Lake Canandagua NY. Rain, warm weather and deteriorating ice conditions moved the site to nearby Lake Honyoye. Gas holes destroyed one boat and caused everyone else to decide to abandon the regatta.

1983 North American DN Championship

January 01, 1983

Location

Trenton
Canada

The North Americans were completed on the last day of a week of warm weather and rain. It was originally scheduled for Sodus Bay, and then moved to Trenton, Ontario. Heavy rain prevented racing the first day there and left the ice like swiss cheese the next. Cooler weather finally allowed the sailing of the Gold Cup and North American Championship.

1978 Gold Cup World DN Championship

Location

Krynica Morska
Poland

The regatta was sailed at Krynica Morska, Poland. The regatta was very well organized with hot soup being served on the Ice at noon. The wind stayed away until the last day when 3 Gold Cup races were sailed in the morning followed by 3 European Championship races in the afternoon. This was done with three race courses, one for each fleet!

1977 Gold Cup World DN Championship

Location

Saint Michaels, Maryland on Chesapeake Bay
United States

The North American winter was one of the coldest on record. Because of heavy snow cover on all northern ice, the race was moved from New Jersey to Saint Michaels, Maryland on Chesapeake Bay. Near perfect ice with very light wind and a fleet of 55 DNs made up all the elements for a really great race.

1954 North American DN Championship

February 20, 1954 to February 21, 1954

Location

Cass Lake
United States

On January 7, 1954 the North Star Sail Club offered to be host for the annual regatta. There were no other offers so theirs was accepted. Sixty-two programs were sent out on February 1 for the regatta scheduled for February 20 and 21. On February 19 the regatta was transferred to Cass Lake because of poor ice at the North Star Club House on Lake St. Clair. The first five DN's in this regatta were: (1) Jack Moran, (2) Skip Boston, (3) Paul Eggert, (4) Bill Sporer, and (5) Bill Sarns.

1953 The First DN Championship

February 21, 1953 to February 22, 1953

Location

Cass Lake
United States

On February 21 and 22, 1953 the Detroit Ice Yacht Club sponsored a regatta to bring the DN skippers together to help form an association. A meeting of the skippers was held at this regatta and two representatives from each club present were chosen to outline a constitution for the association. North Star Sail Club was represented by John Liston and Fred Kagel; Anchor Bay Ice Yacht Club by Tom King and A. J. Walker; Detroit Ice Yacht Club by William Sarns and Clifford Cartwright.