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Season Opener:
Western Challenge

December 5-7, 2014

2014 Western Regionals
Dec 13-14

2015 Central Regionals

2015 Western Regionals
Jan 3-4, 2015

Gold Cup & North American Championship
Jan 24-31, 2015
Primary Site: East, Mountain, & Canada
DN Forum.

European Championship
March 1-6, 2014
DN Europe

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.

See Composite Concepts at Swap Meets in MI & WI

Ron will be set up ready to help you with your ice boating needs at the Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club Swap Meet on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Gull Lake Country Club from 10am-3pm. Details here.
He will be at the Skeeter Ice Boat Club's annual Swap Meet in Williams Bay, WI on November 2, 2014 from 9am-noon. Details here.
If anyone who is coming to the SIBC Swap Meet wants to place a hardware order with Sarns, Ron will be happy to deliver it to you in Williams Bay. Contact Ron.

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

John Brewer & Tim Dixon picking up their new DN rocket ships at C2!

C2 Production for the Summer of 2014

Griffin Foils

"My 17 year old son, Griffin, with me and George 'Bear' Pete for his first time sailing on a Moth. Griffin said getting on the Moth's foils was almost as much fun as hiking on a DN ice boat."
Click here to watch full size.

2006 North American Championship Photos

Merili Randma and Ron,
"Here are some pictures from the last time the Estonian princess, Merili Randma, graced our fleet in 2006 at the North American Championships on Lake Pepin where she took first place in the Silver fleet."

C2 Builds CH1

Brand new Composites Concepts DN fresh out of the paint shop. This boat which has the first IDNIYRA Chinese number, CH1, will soon be on the way to China.

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."
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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!

Get your runners HOT out of the press!

Griffin is 17!

"My son, Griffin, turned 17. He's had a great summer of sailing including 3rd for the season in DRYA Laser Radials, divisional 2nd place on Fast Tango in the Port Huron to Mackinac race, and a divisional 1st on Fast Tango in the Chicago to Mackinac race. He's eating us out of house and home and putting on some muscle to the point of having to build a new plank and hull for the upcoming season."

Mackinac Pictures

Welcome Amelia!

Amelia, born on July 24, and her father, Jimmy Hadley.

"Young boaters seeing success at Mackinac"

The Timesherald.com
"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."
Continue reading.

Equation Prepares for Bayview to Mackinac

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

" Members of Equation look to repeat as Bayview Mackinac champions PORT HURON — There is no shortage of experience among the sailors who will be on board Equation for this summer’s Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac race. Equation took first place in the 2013 edition of the event by winning the shore course division..." Continue reading.
You can track the progress of Equation and the boat that Griffin is sailing on, Fast Tango, here.

A True Fish Story!

Top left, proud dad Rick Paoletti, me, TJ and the man of the hour, Giovanni Paoletti with fish, bottom right his little brother Geitanno Paoletti. "On Sunday afternoon, July 6th, we were fishing at CSYC in our favorite spot where you can bring up rock bass almost as fast as you put a worm in the water. Suddenly, we realized that this little boy Giovanni had not caught a fish so I started teaching him how to use a sinker with an Eagle claw hook. He was still having trouble so I took the pole to show him the technique of bouncing the sinker off the bottom inbetween the rocks so the worm is just above the bottom. I hooked a small rock bass and handed him the pole. He was very excited and started to wind him in when a large mouth bass went after his little fish. Again and again the large mouth went after the little fish. The big fish would grab the little fish and swim away with it, and he would try and wind him in. We got out the net, but when the large fish saw the net it really swam away. TJ suggested we lower the little fish deeper into the water and he came back and some how we ended up hooking the big fish with the little fish in tow. By this time the large mouth was tired out and we were able to net him. What a riot it was with 8 of us cheering and looking over the edge of the sea wall. This was the big fish that did not get away, and a great story we will all talk about for years."

C2 Summer Production

Here's two new DNs under construction for a couple of sailors in Illinois.

TBT: 1982 Gold Cup

Throw Back Thursday:
Here we are after the 1982 Gold Cup in Wittensee, Germany. Fom left,the late and great Jan Gougeon of Bay City, MI-first place, me (Ron Sherry)-second, Vaiko Vooramaa of Estonia/USSR-third, Goran Tell of Sweden-fourth, and Harald Stuertz of West Germany, fifth.

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 Vladimir 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: Alexandra Van Egmond
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.

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