"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.
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."
Ron in Russia
Asia Cup and Baikal Cup results are posted here.
The first video from Lake Baikal.
Click here to watch on Youtube.
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!
See Ron at the 31st annual Skeeter Iceboat Club Swap Meet in Williams Bay, WI on Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 9 AM until noon.
On Board Equation in the Chicago to Mackinac Race
Equation Sunday morning 2016 Chicago to Mackinac racePosted by Mark Kraft on Monday, July 25, 2016
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.
New Number Four
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!
"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
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
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.