Viva La Future!

Harken has provided equipment At The Front since 1967. But designing and building world-class hardware is only part of what we do. As a company of sailors, we want to pass our love of the sport to the next generation. Supporting new sailors so they bond with the sport is one of our most important jobs.

World-wide. Absolutely Free. And Now, In France.

We launched Blockheads to give young sailors the tools, skills, and confidence to take charge of their own sailing. In the process they learn the pumped-up-self confidence sailing provides. The end goal is to turn our complex, crazy fun sport and its accompanying friendships, teamwork, leadership, mathematic, and weather insights into a passion that grows for a lifetime. Over 2,000 young sailors from 20 countries have become Blockheads.

And this Spring, France becomes country number 21! To commemorate this event there is even a new Team Blockheads entry in the 2024 Foiling BirdyFish season circuit. Learn more HERE!

“We’ve been wanting to introduce Harken Blockheads to kids in France for a few years. Our new partnership with BirdyFish gave us the perfect opportunity to not only launch this program, but also a really neat way to start Blockheads in France. Partnering with a boat designed to get everyone foiling is very much the Harken spirit. We must never forget where we come from, and dinghy sailing is in our DNA,” says Pierre Masse, Harken France Managing Director.

Team Blockheads from the first BirdyFish event in Quiberon, France. Photo: BirdyFish

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Blockheads in the America’s Cup!

You read that right—Harken Blockheads are sailing in the America’s Cup! One of them is Riley Gibbs, a

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What is Match Racing? Zac West Breaks It Down!

Meet Zac West, winner of the 2023 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship that was held out of

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Rules Expert Dave Perry in Pewaukee

Renowned sailing expert Dave Perry visited the Inland Lake Yachting Association (ILYA) at Harken HQ in Pewaukee, Wisconsin,

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Leeward Mark Rounding Advice from Sam Whaley

On our Instagram stories, we asked the Harken Blockheads what they would do coming into the leeward mark

What exactly is a Blockhead? If you are totally obsessed with how to rig and sail your boat, you might already be one! Join the community of Blockheads to learn more about the sport, engage with others and share sailing experiences. This site serves as the hub for Blockheads globally, where you can discover how to join, media, tips and tricks, contests, and events. This program is all about YOU and we want to hear from everyone! Not seeing something? Your feedback is crucial, feel free to shoot us a comment or message.