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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

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.

DN US6001

A new DN for John Meredith of Pennsylvania.

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.

Welcome 2015!

H-467 born 12-31-14 New Year's Eve

Ready for the DN Gold Cup and North Americans?

These guys are!

On Board Video with Griffin at the Western Challenge

Western Challenge

The Western Challenge was sailed on some very beautiful ice on Lake Kegonsa near Madison, WI.
Ice Opti Results
Gold & Silver Results

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

2014 European DN Ice Sailing Championship from iceboatracing.com on Vimeo.

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

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


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

Feb 19: Hardware and hull numbers installed.

Ed Cook's new hull, boom, and tiller. Ready for hardware on President's day.

Regatta Results

Gold Cup Results
Partial North American Results

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

Here's the new DN which will soon be shipped to China. Red symbolizes good fortune and joy in Chinese culture.

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."
Continue reading.

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!

"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.

C2 Summer Production

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

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: 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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