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    Ice boats arrive in area

    Tuesday, February 01, 2011

    By Shannon Crawley-Serpette
    ntputnam@newstrib.com



    Racers prepare their ice boats for competition Monday at Lake Senachwine in Putnam for the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association Gold Cup and world championship races. Twelve countries were represented at the races, which are supposed to last all week, depending upon the weather.
    NewsTribune photo/Shannon Crawley-Serpette PUTNAM — The tiny village of Putnam doesn’t often have visitors from 12 different countries — especially all on the same day.

    But people from countries such as Poland, Finland and Switzerland were at Lake Senachwine on Monday for the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association Gold Cup and world championship races.

    Former North American champion John Dennis of Minnesota said it was the first time the races had been held in Putnam.

    “It’s a beautiful area,” he said while sitting in a van before getting his boat ready for the Gold Fleet competition.

    In addition to the Gold Fleet, races are also held for the Silver Fleet and the Bronze Fleet.

    Initially, the races were going to be at another location about 350 miles to the north near Green Bay, Wis., but a six-inch snowfall ruined those plans, Dennis said.

    “They schedule the regatta for a certain week,” he said.

    The location is lined up closer to the date after weather and ice conditions are assessed.

    “We’re supposed to be here for the week,” Dennis said, but added that the impending snow storm may curtail those plans. “Normally, we would move to another site.”

    But with the snow storm expected to hit such a large area in North America, finding another location might be difficult, he noted.

    Dennis, who started ice boating as a child, said the boats can reach 60 mph. Competitors from 12 countries were present at the championship, he said. Dennis pointed out letters on each boat’s sail that indicates its owner’s country. P stands for Poland, whereas S stands for Sweden and Z stands for Switzerland, he said.

    According to Dennis, about 110 competitors were there for the week-long competition.

    Not many spectators were on hand, though, probably in part because of the last-minute arrangements and the frigid temperatures.

    Mark Read, a Putnam resident, braved the weather to watch the races Monday.

    “They just ran the Gold (Fleet),” he said. “It’s really cold down there. The wind is pretty good.”

    Read said being on an ice boat is exhilarating.

    “I’ve been on an ice boat a couple of times,” he said. “It’s exciting. It’s so fast.”

    Dennis did not win that Gold Fleet championship he was seeking, the top prize in the DN-class racing world. One of the event organizers, Ken Smith, who also qualified for Gold Fleet this year, said Ron Sherry of Detroit won the Gold Fleet title.

    Sherry edged out defending champ and top-ranked Michal Burczynski of Poland for the championship. Smith was presenting the winners and runners-up with trophies this morning at the Fairfield Inn in Peru, which served as the headquarters for the regatta and Gold Cup.

    At 10 a.m., the group announced the North American races were postponed until possibly Thursday, with the possibility of racing either near Menominee, Mich., or Torch Lake, Mich. Race organizers were trying to find a surface possibly missed by this week's snowstorm.

    The racers' DN-class ice yachts are named for a Detroit News entry in the late 1930s.

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    Topic: 2011 North Americans -- Done in by weather (Read 237 times)

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    2011 North Americans -- Done in by weather
    « on: February 02, 2011, 03:11:10 PM »

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    I regret to inform you that the weather has ruined all the venues we can reach in time to complete the regatta by Saturday. Our by laws require the North Americans to be complete within a week. Its a bit more complex, but that is the gist.

    Therefore, the governing committee has canceled the 2011 North American Championships.

    Thanks to all who made it possible, the ice-checkers, committee members, PRO, scorers, providers of equipment, and especially our wonderful friends and competitors from all over the iceboating world. Travel safely, and see you next year.

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    Ken Smith
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    nope, snow ruins ice for iceboating

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    Can't the put a big broom on front of a pick up and clear it?
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