Samuel Bartel is a college student on the University of Wisconsin-Madison sailing team. Sam has discovered that DN racing is flat out fun and helps his soft-water reflexes. The fine crew with Harken Blockheads filmed Samuel right before the U.S. Nationals. (You will note that Sam accomplished his goal of a top-ten finish in the Silver fleet by placing 4th at the Nationals.)
When he’s not racing a DN or Skeeter, Steve Orlebeke has a day job as Harken’s Director of Engineering. In this video, Steve explains DN hulls and runners and his super-fast Class A Skeeter.
Director of Harken engineering, Steve Orlebeke US4926, shares his obsession with ice sailing in the Harken magazine “At The Front”:
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Whisper it with me…black ice. One more time…black ice. I have a confession to make: I dream about black ice — even sometimes in July. Occasionally, even when I’m in a bunk on a boat sailing in soft water. Continue reading.