Photo: Gretchen Dorian

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

  • Jim Lafortune, 4th Renegade

  • George Gerhardt, 3rd Renegade

  • Mike Derusha, 1st Renegade

  • C Skeeters: Pat Heppert 1st, Bill Dale 2nd, Mike Compney 3rd

  • B Skeeters: Troy Soberg 2nd, Steve Schalk 1st, Todd Morgan 5th

  • A Skeeters: Steve Orlebeke 1st, Tom Hyslop 2nd, Paul Krueger 3rd, Ken Whitehorse 4th

  • Steve Orlebeke with Triple Crown trophy awarded to skipper who wins both Northwest and ISA regattas in one season
2016 ISA Champions

ISA Wrap Up

The ice had firmed up quite nicely when we arrived Sunday morning. Winds were very fluky and the course had to be reset a few times. All fleets were able to get one rotation in. The Nite fleet displayed a real sense of sportsmanship when they opted to let the Skeeters take their turn in the rotation so that the Skeeters could have four regatta races. The Nites good deed was rewarded when the wind came up at noon and they were able to race after the Skeeters. Not only that, they grilled hotdogs for us at the awards ceremony. Provisional results are posted below. But as always, they may change a bit so keep checking back. I'll get photos of the regatta winners posted soon.

Provisional Results

ISA Day 2

Just back from the ice and the beautiful Windjammers Yacht Club. The ice was hard this morning but winds were gusting to 30 which kept the A Skeeters opting to watch the rest of the fleet race. The warm weather and sun softened up the ice and the winds dailed back a bit. Nites, Renegades, B, and C Skeeters were able to get their rounds of racing in. See results below.

ISA Launch and Lodging Information

The ISA Regatta is on for February 26th, 27th and 28th on Green Bay, Wisconsin. Please pre-register using the form below.
Launch Site: Windjammers Sailing Clu,
4009 Channel Road
Suamico, WI 54173
Link to Map

Country Inn and Suites Green Bay - North
2308 Lineville Rd, Green Bay, WI 54313
Link to Map
(920) 884-2000
There are rooms blocked for the ISA – tell them you are with the ISA.

2032 Velp Ave
Green Bay, WI 54303 Link to Map
(920) 434-9790
They have rooms available but not blocked out for the ISA.

International Skeeter Assocation Regatta Information

Please see the Boe-craft website for regatta information.