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RON ON LAKE BAIKAL
Split Screen Video
with Captions
See what's in Ron's head and how he works the boat during a race.
Click to watch video.


Sailing World Magazine Video Click to watch video.


Hoop's Ride

Get a real feel for what it's like to sail a DN with C2 components as you watch John Harper sail a couple of laps on Sand Lake in Michigan.












Loretta Sherry Rehe Recognized at DRYA Awards

Very proud of my sister, Loretta Sherry Rehe, for receiving the Richard Clogg Trophy for lifetime service to the sport of sailing at the DRYA 2017 awards party. And, we were second for the summer series on Equation in PHRF
Ron


DYNAMIS Crew
First in Class


"Mackinac Island after the Chicago to Mac race. DYNAMIS was 3rd boat to the island, first to finish in our class, Division 1, and corrected 3rd over all."
Ron


Ron Sails Chicago to Mac Race


"Due to technical difficulties, EQUATION will NOT be participating in the Chicago Mackinac regatta. Ron Sherry is back in business for the Chicago Mackinac Race. He will be sailing on a boat named DYNAMIS."
Renee Sherry
Follow tracking on the Chicago Mackinac website.


Ron Wins 2017 DN Central Lakes Regatta


Click here to see results.


Ron & Griffin Win Gold & Silver North Americans



Ron Sherry won his 12th North American championship on January 28, 2017 on Green Bay, Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Griffin won the Silver fleet. Results here.


Equation Pictures

Late in the Detroit sailing season owner of Equation Bill Alcott, and owner of Dynamis Brian Baker, decided to do a fun race from Bayview Yacht Club to the Ambassador Bridge, and back to BYC. Chris Clark arranged for a professional photographer and a boat. What a great night.

Please enjoy these pictures by Alanna St. Laurent of these two awesome Santa Cruz 70s with down town Detroit as the back drop.


Harken, Slingshot, Sherry, and the Sailing Speed Record

"In an excerpt from his recently published memoir Fun Times in Boats, Blocks & Business, Harken Inc. co-founder Olaf Harken recalls the time his company helped try to break the world sailing speed record My brother, Peter, and I have a common philosophy regarding future major investments: if we pay, we play. This has proved to be fun and a great excuse to limit the myriad of requests we receive from folks who’d like us to pay for their fun. We’ve sponsored several large-scale events over the years, and they all seemed to center around speed. We do not like to go slow. Our Vanguard high-performance dinghies were all designed to go as fast as we could make them and be legal. Our favorite, if not our most frustrating sport, is iceboating: a combination of race-car driving and sailing. In the summer, I have Stealth, a 38ft A-Scow, which has, by some standards of measurement, been referred to as the fastest standard production monohull sailboat in the world." Click here to continue reading the article on SAIL Magazine.


The New Equation

The new Equation is Santa Cruz 70, formerly Chance. The boat was originally blue and was just painted white. Griffin is working hard on the boat getting it ready for the season. He's been cleaning, rebuilding winches, installing all new electronics, and checking all the standing and running rigging and hydraulics. The crew is doing everything to make the boat clean, safe, and ready to race. A huge job. We have 4 new sails ordered and we need to look at all of the old sails so they can be evaluated and recut if necessary. Lots of work.


Ron Wins 2016 European Championship!

"To win a continental DN Regatta in Europe is almost impossible. Everything has to come together."
Read Ron's report about the 2016 European Championship here.

RESULTS


Western Challenge


Click here to see Ron's GWC Photo Gallery.
Another hugely successful Western Challenge Cup. 65 DN sailors from all over the world enjoyed another great weekend of sailing on Lake Christina in Minnesota. This is truly the most important regatta of the year because it is fun and set up for maximum learning for newbies and veteran sailors alike. You can try all of the new equipment you want without restriction. You can trade boats with anyone you want and learn what feels different. The results are not the priority of this event. Learning, having FUN, and reconnecting with old friends are the priorities.
Huge thanks go out to the Minnesota sailors who helped pull this off again. John Dennis, Jim McDonagh, Mike Miller, Mike Bloom, Mark Christensen, Tom Verburgt. Jim Mcdonagh video from Western Challenge from Facebook.Check out my photo gallery here.
Thank you Loretta Rehe for tabulating these results so quickly.
Click here to see results.


Western Challenge Ice


"The Doctor is setting up on Lake Christina today (Friday, Nov 27) as we speak. 3-4 inches of perfect ice a 10 it does not get any better. 17 degrees and going down to 9 tonight. No snow in sight."

PM REPORT: Skates on the ice! The Doctor, JD, and Jim McDonagh sailed Christina today.


National Iceboat Authority Announcement

The National Iceboat Authority is happy to announce the release of a new version of the NIA Constitution & Racing Rules. This new version includes two new race course configurations called DARLING COURSE and INLINE COURSE which may be used as alternatives to the STANDARD COURSE we’ve been using for many years. This allows race committees to select a course which is most appropriate for their ice sailing event.
Click here to view NIA Constitution and Racing Rules.

The new racing rules also contain:
- Updated definitions and clauses to support the use of the DARLING COURSE or INLINE COURSE.
- Clarification on yachts which must keep clear while approaching the windward MARK on opposite TACKS. - Updated restrictions on propulsion. - A new rule which prohibits sailing between the LEEWARD MARK and the starting line immediately after the start.
Please feel free to contact me or any of the other NIA Directors with questions or comments.



Ron's 2015 Port Huron to Mackinac Photo Gallery


Here are over 100 of Ron's photos taken during the Port Huron to Mackinac race on Equation.


2015 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

Follow Ron on Equation and Griffin on Fast Tango this weekend during the
Port Huron to Mackinac race. Race tracking is here.



"Iceboating Rules the Lakes"

Just like several other clubs in the Detroit area that have with stood the test of time, many were started by iceboaters including the Detroit Athletic Club. Quite a few of the founding fathers of the club were iceboaters. Writer Joe Cabadas contacted me about doing an iceboat article and of course I agreed. His timing couldn't have been better because we were just gathering with all of our European DN friends at Z's Villa making preparations to leave for the DN World Championship in Kingston, Ontario. Check out the article here.


Ron Returns to Russia

"Leon and I finally have our airline tickets to Irkutsk, Russia where we will take a bus to Lake Baikal. It is quite an adventure just to get that far. Getting the Russian visa was an odyssey in and of itself."
Continue reading.


Ron in Russia

RESULTS:
Asia Cup and Baikal Cup results are posted here.


The first video from Lake Baikal.
Click here to watch on Youtube.



Photo Credit: Alexandra Van Egmond
LAUNCHED on LAKE BAIKAL!
Click on the photo to see what Ron's steering runner shouldn't be doing.


Photo Credit: Alexadra van Egmond
Ron is back from Russia and has many stories, photos, and video to share on the blog. Inadequate internet access made it impossible to keep the blog updated while he was there but he did keep a record s and will be sharing that in the upcoming days.


Wanna Go For An Iceboat Ride??


Sailing with Ron, Griffin, and Matt Struble on Lake Skegamog, December 21, 2014. Click here to watch on Youtube.


HOT of the Press!

Get your runners HOT out of the press!



Meade Gougeon


Meade A. Gougeon
September 25, 1938–August 27, 2017
“The wind is coming up. Tell the boys they can commence with the race.” Fittingly, these would be the last words of Meade A. Gougeon as he watched a fleet of sailboats, including his trimaran Adagio, assembling for the Great Lakes Multihull Regatta in front of his home on the Saginaw Bay. Gougeon died Sunday, August 27, 2017, peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was 78 years old.
Meade, along with his brothers Jan and Joel, founded Gougeon Brothers, Inc. in 1969. Their employee-owned, ISO 9001 registered company is a world renowned formulator and manufacturer of WEST SYSTEM® and PRO-SET® epoxies. The brothers pioneered the use of epoxy in boat construction and repair. They got their start building DN class iceboats with wood and epoxy. Initially, the brothers obtained access to Dow Chemical’s nearby laboratories to develop an epoxy that could be used for coating and bonding.
By 1973, the brothers’ small boat shop in Bay City, Michigan was the largest builder of iceboats in the United States. Even so, in 1974 they sold the DN portion of their business to focus on soft water boats and their burgeoning epoxy business.
In 1971, Meade launched Adagio—the first large, all epoxy bonded and sealed wooden boat built without the use of fasteners. He’d built her with his brother Jan in just six months. She’s been sailing on the Great Lakes ever since, winning the Bayview Mackinac Race in 2000, 2002, 2006, 2016 and 2017. Adagio is proof that fully bonded monocoque structures can be built not just to last, but to be serious competitors for generations.
NASA’s Wind Energy Project Office had Gougeon Brothers manufacture epoxy-laminated wood specimens for testing the strength of an epoxy bond between a threaded steel rod and a laminated wood specimen. The company’s samples were so strong that they broke NASA’s testing machine. GBI would go on to manufacture wood/epoxy wind turbine blades for several years.
In 1979, Meade wrote The Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction. This famous boatbuilding guide details composite construction techniques using wood and epoxy. It remains a favorite resource for professionals and first-time boat builders, and is often used as a textbook in boat building programs.
A few of the notable wood-epoxy boats built by GBI. include the Ron Holland-designed half-ton monohull Golden Dazy which won the 1975 Canada’s Cup; the 60′ Dick Newick designed trimaran Rogue Wave; the Georg Thomas-designed proa Slingshot which was clocked at speeds of over 40 MPH; Adrenalin, a Formula 40 trimaran of wood, epoxy, and carbon fiber; the Gougeon 32 production catamarans including Incognito, which, skippered by Russell Brown, finished first in the solo class in this year’s Race to Alaska.
Meade was an avid multihull sailor, ice boater, and cyclist. Aboard the outrigger canoes Voyager and Elderly Care respectively, he placed first in his class in the grueling, 300-mile Everglades Challenge in 2014 and 2017. He raced iceboats with the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association for several decades, winning the US Championship in 1981 and 1997. He was inducted, along with his brother Jan, into to National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2015.
Always a positive force in his community, Meade served on Delta College Board of Trustees, the Kantzler Foundation Board of Trustees, the Bay Arenac Community High School Board of Directors, and the Bay County Library System Board of Trustees. In 2015, he was honored with the Peggy Rowley Community Enrichment Award at the Bay Area Community Foundation’s Faces of Philanthropy event.
Adamant that GBI should remain a robust corporation in his absence, Meade went to great lengths to assure that the next generation of management and employees were smart, hardworking, and forward-looking individuals. Because he laid the groundwork for his succession, the company remains strong as the leader in the epoxy industry.
The oldest of four children, he was born September 25, 1938 to Meade and Elizabeth “Betty” Gougeon. After graduating from T.L. Handy High School, Meade earned a degree in Industrial Management from Western Michigan University in 1960. He served honorably in the U.S. Army.
Meade is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Janet Gougeon and their children and spouses, Glenn Kirkland; Anne Michelle and Randy Mortensen; M. Ryan and Janice Gougeon; Benjamin and Logan Gougeon; Renee and Alan Gurski; Mia and Kwafo Adarkwa; Jae Gougeon; and Laura Gougeon, as well as 14 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Joel (Kaye) Gougeon.
He was predeceased by his parents, sister Pamela (John) Thomas, brother Jan Gougeon, and son Gary (Michele Baltus) Kirkland. An open house celebration of Meade’s life begins at 12:00 noon, with farewell tributes from 2:00-4:00 PM, on Saturday, September 9 at the Gougeon Brothers Boat Shop. All whom Meade would call friend and family are invited to attend.


Sailing Anarchy
"Clean" Podcast:
Too Fast to Float

Listen to Ron tell all about iceboating to Clean from Sailing Anarchy. Click here to listen.
"Then we sat down with a guy who sees 50 knots as the speed for the kids boat; it’s multiple iceboat world champion Ron Sherry, and on an icy day in Detroit, he talks with Mr. Clean for an hour about Obsessive Runner Disorder, raising your kids while racing, crazy rigs, and sailing in Siberia."


Sailing Anarchy
Live with Ron


Clean from Sailing Anarchy visits Ron and Griffin in the Composites Concepts shop to talk about what makes them go fast. Check back because there's also an hour long podcast with Clean, Ron, and Griffin coming soon!


RON ON LAKE BAIKAL


See what's in Ron's head and how he works the boat during a race.
Click to watch video.


RON ON
THE BALTIC SEA

2015 World Championship Estona
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C2 X 3 =

C2 boats ready to play in Brainerd, MN.


On Board Equation in the Chicago to Mackinac Race

Equation Sunday morning 2016 Chicago to Mackinac race

Posted by Mark Kraft on Monday, July 25, 2016
"Sunday morning blasting into the Manitou Passage at 20 knots + with Ron Ron Sherry driving, Ken Swetka trimming, Griffin Sherry grinding, and Chris Clark on the main. Check it out in HD."



Equation Takes Division One Honors


The Equation crew celebrates after winning Section One in the Chicago to Mackinac race. Results here.


2016 GTIYC Fun Regatta

"This year’s FUN REGATTA was definitely one of the highlights of the year. It was especially FUN for me because it was the first time this year Griffin and I were going to have an opportunity sail our new boats together. We loaded up everything we needed in the van on Friday, in between school, hockey, and work projects. We got up at 6:00 am Saturday morning and started the 4 hour drive. We kept ourselves entertained by listening to Griffin’s music and practicing our favorite road song, Red Neck Yacht Club. Griffin taught me another one of his songs. God Is Great, Beer Is Good, And People Are Crazy. What a HOOT." Continue reading.


2016 North American Championship

The 2016 DN North American Championship has been called on for Madison, Wisconsin. You will find all official information on the DN website.


Bayview (Ice) Yacht Club


John Harper, Chris Clark, and I set up my newest DN at Bayview Yacht Club this week and we gave a talk to members and guests of the Detroit Regional Yachting Association about iceboating.


Our Mission: To Have More Fun Than Anyone!

"Since we're not sailing anywhere... some light reading for your Holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!" Click here to read Ron's story about the 2002 Gold Cup sailed in Estonia.
Ron


New Number Four


Griffin says, " I can't wait to get back out on the ice with my new baby. She looks good, thanks, Ron Sherry, for helping me build it Now to finish yours."


Number Four Again!

For any one who is wondering what DN number 4 is up to. Griffin plays for the Bishop Foley Ventures it is a Unified Catholic League Team with four schools together as one. The schools are: Parkway Christian, Bishop Foley Catholic, Lutheran north and Lutheran North West. Griffin is the Alternate Captian and attends Parkway Christian


Let's Go For a Ride!

2014 European DN Ice Sailing Championship

"Hit HD Fullscreen and go for a ride. If you don't think this is really cool than you have something different running through your veins than I do."



Macomb Now Magazine

By Tracey Moro
" It’s above freezing and the wind is at least 10-15 knots. Anchor Bay is continuous ice, probably six inches thick or more, as far as you can see. It’s a sunny day and it’s perfect conditions for ice boat sailing on Lake St. Clair. That’s when you’re sure to find Jim Rogers of Chesterfield, Ron Sherry of Clinton Township, and members of the North Star Sail Club, enjoying a sport not many even know about let alone participate in." Continue reading.


Mike Boston with Ullman Sails Detroit

"We are proud to announce the opening of Ullman Sails Detroit - formally North Sails Detroit.

All DN Sails are built and designed by Mike Boston. The F01, ABSS, MS-1 are constructed with 6.5 Contender Polykote, to the exact specifications and high quality standards provided in the past.

Contact us today to place an order for the fastest DN iceboat sails available."
DN Sails Order Form

Ullman Sails Detroit
24422 Sorrentino Court
Clinton Twp, MI 48035
Phone: 586.792.7212
Fax: 586.792.7279
email: mboston@ullmansails.com
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National Iceboat Authority Announcement

The Board of Directors of the National Iceboat Authority is pleased to announce that two well qualified iceboaters were invited to fill the positions previously held by Jack Ripp, who chose to retire, and by Bob Pegel. Dan Clapp and Jay Yaeso have accepted the positions. They join Tim McCormick, Jane Pegel, Tom Nichols, Ron Sherry, and Paul Goodwin.
The seven members represent the full geographic spread of the U.S.A. iceboating community as well as decades of experience as racers and builders of iceboats. Each has an impressive list of racing accomplishments.
In response to a request from the DN Class, the National Iceboat Authority Board of Directors is preparing a new section of the racing rules that will establish a new optional race course diagram and the sailing rules that will apply to races held on the new course. The conventional course diagram and sailing rules that have governed iceboat racing since 1963, will remain as a section of the rules. Race organizers will be able to choose which course diagram they prefer, along with the rules that relate to that course.


Ron's Chicago to Mackinac Photo Album


See all the photos here.


Ready for Chicago to Mackinac

It's less than a week until the race from Chicago to Mackinac Island begins. Follow us on Equation as we set sail on July 11.
A Fan's Guide to the Race to Mackinac

With 324 boats participating in the 333-mile journey from Chicago to Mackinac Island this year, the 107th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Wintrust will offer plenty of opportunities for fans to view the boats on land, on the water, and from anywhere else you might be. Here’s how you can see and track the 2015 race.


Cathy's DN Gold Cup Photos


Ron & Griffin conferring at the Gold Cup.
Cathy Firmbach shot some high quality photos during the Worlds.
See them here.


DN Gold Cup Drone Video


Excellent footage from the 2015 DN Gold Cup sailed on Lake Ontario in Kingston, Ontario, CA. Watch the full size version on Youtube.


Composite Concepts European Dealer