77 Miles of Paradise
Ron and John Meredith
Thank you to the members of the Deep Creek Yacht Club in Swanton, Maryland where I had a fantastic weekend helping them to make their DNs sail faster, racing with their Flying Scot fleet, attending an outstanding party, and enjoying their hospitality. What a treat it was to meet a bunch of guys who want to learn about the sport we love so much.
The yacht club is on Deep Creek Lake which has 77 miles of lakefront and home to the late Sandy Douglas, designer of the Flying Scott, Thistle, and Highlander. DCYC has a fleet of 180 Flying Scots! Their DN fleet is growing like a weed thanks to the efforts of Ray Gauthier and John Meredith who invited me to their first DN clinic.
I shared my tips on runner sharpening (on one of Bob Rast’s runner sharpening machines), tuning, alignment, and clothing. Their DNs were set up next to the lake and I was thrilled to help each one of them tune their boat for optimum speed.
On Saturday, I raced with John Meredith in two races on his brand new Flying Scot in a 40 boat fleet. What an absolute blast that was with such a large fleet! I steered during the first race and John steered in the second race and we were lucky enough to win both.
Racing was followed by a party attended by 150 enthusiastic members who could all end up sailing iceboats. Deep Creek Lake’s relatively higher elevation helps it to freeze in the winter. Ray Gauthier made some really cool DN models which were on the tables at the party. Ray has been a US Sailing Judge for over 18 years and helped out with registration at the Gold Cup last season. The highlight of the party was when the iceboaters were invited to get on stage, wearing our helmets, and sing a DN version of YMCA, composed by Ray. (Song lyrics here.)
Thank you to John, Ray, and all the members of the Deep Creek Yacht Club for arranging such a memorable weekend.
I am always willing to help out any club who would like to host their own clinic and come to share everything I know about sailing and racing iceboats. Just give me a call at 586-790-5557.Talking runners.
DNs set up to be tuned.
Sailing with John on the Flying Scot.
Ray's DN models.
See Ron at the Deep Creek Lake DN Clinic
Deep Creek Lake Yacht Club
Featuring Ron Sherry
Friday, June 19, 2015
Deep Creek Yacht Club
204 Yacht Club Road
Swanton, Maryland 21561
For more information, contact
Ray Gauthier 410-320-4823
Schedule of Events:
11:00 Introduction of Ron Sherry 11:00 Slide show of DN racing by Ron 11:45 Chalk talk on basic tuning of the DN Hull, Plank, Mast and Runners 12:30 Break for BYO lunch
1:00 Demonstrate tuning on US 6001 2:00 Review of club members DN’s and Ron’s suggestions Sailors to take notes on Wish List form
3:30 Short break
3:45 Ron to demonstrate runner sharpening
4:15 Continue review of boats
5:15 Ron to wrap up with recap and more slide show
6:30 BYO Dinner at the club
"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."
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
A special welcome to the newest member of the Detroit iceboating community and Leon's first grandchild who was born on June 17. Mom Leanne and baby Greyson are doing great.
Throw Back Thursday
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.