"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."
On March 22, Griffin and I drove to Torch Lake for some sailing. The ice was rough and it was blowing 18-28 kts. according to Bob Grey's wind meter. We sailed up and down with out marks for a while and then drove down to see Jack Jacobs and his group sailing on Elk Lake in front of the White Birch Lodge. We spent an hour there and went back to Torch. We raced for the rest of the day with 20 different boats until the wind went down until 6:30. Bruce Williams and David Frost sailed until after 7:00. Griffin and I were the first ones to sail Sunday morning. The wind was light and shifty but built as the day went on and the racing got better and better. Bob Grey won a race early in the day on his 72nd birthday. He said it was the best birthday present a guy could have. Dick Wollam cooked brats, burgers, and had snacks and beers for all of us both days. Awesome!!! Griffin and I packed up and were on our way home by 3:40. Griffin won the last race he sailed and was totally pumped. The rest of the guys were still racing as we drove away.
DN Family Album
Pete Johns and Stan Woodruff at the 1982 DN North Americans in Canadaigua, NY
Here's a great collection of photos of past DN regattas from Susie Pegel.
See them all here.
Ready for the DN Gold Cup and North Americans?
On Board Video with Griffin at the Western Challenge
First Iceboat Ride for Eloise
"Dad, let's talk runner alignment."
For her very important first iceboat ride, Eloise is making sure her dad, JD, has his boat ready for next weekend's Great Western Challenge, the opening fun regatta of the season that will take place somewhere in Minnesota. International competitors will be arriving from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden to sail the WC. Watch for the latest updates on the Minnesota website.
My Video from 2014 European Championship
The Great Packers/Lions Snickers Bet
Jane Pegel and Ron bet a Snickers bar on the first game of the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions football game. The Lions won and Jane paid up at Sunday's Skeeter Ice Boat Club Swap Meet. Ron taped the candy bar to his cheesehead because he thinks there's a good chance she'll get the candy bar back when the teams meet again in December.
Sailing On Ice in Cabin Life Magazine
Check out the December issue of Cabin Life magazine to read an article on ice sailing. One guess who is quoted as saying, "I would rather my children take pleasure in a sunset sail than be inside playing video games."
You can buy a digital version for your Ipad or Kindle on Amazon.
National Sailing Hall of Fame Awards
Comes to Detroit
2012 NSHOF Inductee Mark Reynolds, Ron Sherry, 2014 Inductee Peter Harken, Griffin Sherry
" Eight of the sport of sailing’s significant contributors, as members of the 2014 Class of Inductees, were inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame at ceremonies that were the culmination of a weekend of activities co-hosted by Bayview and Detroit Yacht Clubs: Yachtsman, historian and senior statesman of the sport Henry H. “Harry” Anderson, Jr. (Newport, R.I./Mystic, Conn.); mathematician and navigator Nathaniel Bowditch (Salem, Mass.); boat builder and U.S. Olympic Sailing Team boatwright Carl Eichenlaub (San Diego, Calif.); brothers Olaf Harken and Peter Harken (both Pewaukee, Wisc.), respectively, boat builder and sailing hardware designer; naval architect and prolific writer L. Francis Herreshoff (Bristol, R.I./Marblehead, Mass.); 1960 5.5 Metre Olympic Gold Medalist and boat builder George O’Day (Brookline, Mass./Dover, Mass.); and Grand Prix yachtsman John B. “Jim” Kilroy (Marina del Rey, Calif.), the recipient of the NSHOF’s first Lifetime Achievement Award."Saturday morning round table at Bayview Yacht Club chaired by Gary Jobson where junior sailors were invited to ask the inductees questions.
Each DRYA club chose a junior representative to ask questions and go sailing on classic yachts with the Hall of Famers and inductees. Griffin got to go sailing on a S&S Two Tonner which is the old Piranha and is now Aeristia and owned by Eric Hollerbach.
Mark Reynolds and Griffin Sherry.
Gary Jobson, Griffin Sherry, Ron Sherry
The 2014 Inductees
Peter & Edit who is looking forward to her first ice boat ride.
DIYC Annual Hooters Meeting
The Detroit Ice Yacht Club continues our annual tradition of meeting at Hooter's where we also celebrated the birthday's of everyone's favorite scorer, my sister, Loretta Sherry Rehe, and Harry Defer US99.
Ready for the Season
on May 2
I want to let you all know that we are going to have a Detroit Spring Iceboat Party on May 2, 2015 at Total Sports starting at 6:00pm. The usual suspects, and free pizza beer and salad. See you there!
Another New Boat Delivered!
Ed Cook came and picked up his fourth new boat today. He is very happy with his custom wood boom and tiller.
Back At The Shop
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.
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.
The Doctor Opens the Season
Today, November 15, 2014, in Minnesota. Mark Christensen reports that Lake Christina has 6" of consistent ice cover. Mark and quite a slew of other MN ice boaters including Mike Bloom, Western Region Commodore Mike Miller, Pat Huttner, John Bushey, Scott Brown, and Jim McDonagh are ripping it up on Lake Christina today. In case you are wondering, Mark says November 9th is the earliest he's ever sailed in MN.
First Chinese Boat Ready For Ice & Happiness
C2 Builds CH1
1st Annual Great Lakes Team Racing Championship at Bayview
"The weekend of October 18-19, 2014, I competed in the first annual Great Lakes Team Racing Championship. The event was held at Bayview Yacht Club on the Detroit River. Teams competed from all over the Great Lakes and we sailed Ultimate 20s.
Each team had three boats with three sailors on each boat. The combined age of the three skippers on each team had to be at least 95 years which is how I got invited.
I have to say, the only sailing I've done that is more fun than team racing is racing iceboats or steering Equation. The two other skippers on our team were Nathan Hollerbach, fresh off winning his second Prince of Wales, and his younger brother, Ian Hollerbach."
Fall Runner Tracks Magazine Now Online
Another fantastic issue of the magazine of the IDNIYRA, Runner Tracks, proudly sponsored by Composite Concepts. See it here!
HOT of the Press!
"Young boaters seeing success at Mackinac"
"When Griffin Sherry walks on the docks at Port Huron Yacht Club before the Mackinac Race, he will stick out. The Fast Tango crew member has two top finishes in the Mackinac Race and two first-place finishes and one second place in the Chicago to Mackinac Race, but that’s not the only peculiarity he carries."
C2 Summer Production
Ron In Russia
2 Stories In The Russian Media:
"Lake Baikal hosted international competitions in ice sailing. Five days in the Gulf of Kurminskom 50 riders competed with each other to become the owner of the Cup of Baikal. Was the most successful sailor from the United States Ron Sherry, who won almost all the races...." Click here to continue reading.
4-12-2013: DN Worlds to Baikal in 2016?
"Vladimir Silkin visited regatta in the class DN ice yacht on Lake Baikal During President VlaRon in Russiadimir Silkin RYF on "Cup of Baikal" by buernomu sport meeting of the heads of Russian Yachting Federation with Irkutsk Region Governor Sergei Eroschenko on which agreement was reached on the Baikal World Championship in ice boat in 2016." Continue reading.
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.