Henry Bossett of North Sails retired yesterday after a successful career as a sail maker. He won a few iceboat regattas along the way too. Like the 3 times at DN World Championship (1977, 1981, 1983) and 4 times at the DN North Americans (1982, 1983, 1990, 1993). I’m sure there a some soft water titles as well including an Tornado Olympics trail with fellow DNer Jeff Kent. (Unfortunately it was the boycott year of 1980.)
I’ll never forget the first time Skeeter skipper Tom Hyslop talked about getting a “new Henry” which was the way that Skeeter and Renegade sailors referred to any sail from Henry Bossett.
In the above video, that’s Henry sailing the DN in the famous Chapstick commercial. The sail became a wall fixture at the loft. Cheers to a long career and good luck as you move into this new phase in your life. We all hope to see you out on the ice with your camera, Henry!

From Henry Bossett’s Facebook page. “Last carbon Skeeter main and other carbon ice sails I’ve designed and sewn.”