It all begins on the ice

Published on March 24th, 2024

by Deb Whitehorse
There’s a pattern here. Iceboating has been a source of inspiration for sailing technology innovations.

The Harken brothers developed improved blocks for iceboats before expanding into the broader sailing market. Similarly, the Gougeon brothers’ groundbreaking epoxy invention was first put to the test on iceboats, revolutionizing construction techniques and paving the way for advancements in boat building across all sailing disciplines. These instances underscore the significant role that iceboating has played in shaping modern sailing technology and design.

For one of the best articles ever written about the brothers who invented what holds us together, click here.

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