Looking Back: The Gar Wood Regatta

Skeeter Iceboat Club’s Jane Pegel is reviewing her scrapbooks in an effort to help fill in some history for the DN North American Championships. She’s sharing notes from other regattas and I’ve picked out the 1968 Gar Wood for today’s Throw Back Thursday.
Garfield Wood grew up in the Midwest, was an inventor invented the hydraulic lift, owned the company that was to become Chris Craft for a time, and raced and built wooden motor boats that broke speed records. This guy’s accomplishments were amazing (read them here and here). Gar Wood was interested in speed so it’s was only natural that he sponsored a prestigious iceboat regatta in Detroit, the Gar Wood. The Gar Wood hasn’t been sailed for in many years.
There are no photos from this regatta in my files but I have included the program from the 1958 Gar Wood, a 1968 newspaper clipping from the Wisconsin State Journal with Jane pushing Susie in her DN on a light air day, and two pages from Lynn Mattison Raley’s book she made for her dad, Bill Mattison that focus on 1968, which is the year he won the Skeeter class at the Gar Wood.

Feb 24-25. 1968.  Gar Wood regatta on Anchor Bay.  65 boats total in Classes E, Renegade, Arrow and DN

The Scripps Trophy for the DN class was won by Jane Pegel, with Stan Woodruff second and Roy Holden third.  DN juniors were led by Dan Kuemmerlein (Pewaukee), Mike Harvey second, Tim Woodhouse third.  Bill Mattison had won the ISA the previous week and a win at the Gar Wood earned him the Triple Crown (The Northwest was not sailed.)    Elmer Millenbach won the York Trophy for Renegades.   Mike Hendrie won in the Arrows.
Source: Jane Pegel

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