Steve Orlebeke: "With Some Good Fortune"
Cut and pasted from the Harken Facebook Page:
"This winter I have been sailing Peter Harken’s E-skeeter called Honeybucket XIV. The E-skeeter class is the fastest class of iceboats and arguably the fastest sailing craft in the world. These boats can hit speeds over 100mph powered only by the wind. I put a lot of practice time in this winter leading up to two major skeeter regattas. The first of these regattas is called the Northwestern Ice Yacht Association Championship. This year was the 102nd annual Northwest regatta. The E-skeeter class has been racing in this event since 1936. This year it was sailed February 12th through the 14th on Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin. After a great battle I won this regatta by one point over Jay Yaseo from Green Bay. The second major regatta is called the ISA (International Skeeter Association) championship. The ISA was first sailed in 1940 and is the championship for all of the skeeter classes. This year it was held on Green Bay. With some good fortune I also won this trophy. A third major trophy was awarded to me for winning both regattas in the same year called the triple crown. In total I sailed the Honeybucket in 21 races and sailed her 10 days this winter." -Steve Orlebeke, Director of Engineering, Harken USA