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Steve Orlebeke Does Harken Proud!


This winter I raced Peter Harken's E-Skeeter, Honeybucket XIV. The E-skeeter is the "Formula One" of ice yachting and arguably the fastest sailing craft in the world. These boats can hit speeds of over 100 mph powered only by the wind. I put in a lot of practice time leading up to two major Skeeter regattas this season. The first, called the Northwestern Ice Yacht Association Championship, was held February 12th through the 14th on Lake Monona, in Madison, Wisconsin. The E-Skeeter class has competed in this venerable 102-year-old regatta since 1936. After a great battle, I won by a single point over Jay Yaseo from Green Bay, Wisconsin. The second major regatta was the ISA (International Skeeter Association) championship. First sailed in 1940, the ISA is the championship for all of the Skeeter classes. This year the regatta was held on Wisconsin's Green Bay. With some good fortune, I won it too and was awarded a third major trophy (the Triple Crown) for winning both regattas in the same year. In total, I sailed Honeybucket for 10 days and in 21 races this winter.

-Steve Orlebeke, Director of Engineering, Harken USA


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