I also spent time at he and Kerry’s amazing Thai home and I’ll never forget it!! It was totally built of beautiful teak, the whole house. It was so solid, nothing could destroy it, it was a marvel and will stand forever!
When you were with Rolly and Kerry, he did not appear or behave like a man full of energy as you would suspect from all the things he accomplished under the Tasker label. He always appeared mild mannered and calm, BUT make no mistake, there certainly was a nuclear furnace within his body.
He was a wonderful friend that left a great legacy.”
The history of Harken as we know it today began when Peter and Olaf Harken, many years before, invented the nylon ball bearing blocks. His boats became the test platform for his designs, and as competitors saw Peter’s sails releasing faster and his equipment working more smoothly than theirs, word about the “black blocks with white plastic balls” began to spread. The rest, as one would say, is history. In fact, it is such a colourful and fascinating history that it is well worth to read in full detail on the Harken website.