DN sailor Dennis Glidden died recently. His good friend and sailing partner Don Sterns tells us about him:
Dennis Glidden, a long-time member of the Chickawaukee ice boating community, died this week at his home in Cape Neddick, Maine.
In his professional life, Dennis was a nuclear inspector at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. In his private life, Dennis was a shipwright on the Gundalow project in Portsmouth, N.H., and an artist and metal sculptor.
He loved to build boats. One of his first builds was a south bay scooter with his friend Cliff Punchard. He went on to build three DN iceboats at Paul Rollins’ boatyard in York, Maine, with his good friend Peter Ashley by his side with plans and advice. Peter actually got Dennis into DN’s by giving him a test ride. Dennis named his iceboat Grey Ghost, and under the watchful eyes of fellow club members, he and I had the pleasure of logging 105 miles in one day on Sebago. Dennis later rebuilt a 27 ft. sailboat and launched it every year on a trailer he constructed. Adventure was never very far from this lad!
He came out to our place for a cookout this past October, and as he was leaving he turned to me and asked “ Are we going iceboating this year?” I replied “Yes we are, Dennis!”
When you hike an iceboat, you are threading the needle between a broken plank and a spread face plunge into the sail and the ice.
I can picture Dennis in a nice long hike as he sails ahead of me.
I remember Dennis Glidden, a remarkable skipper and my friend.