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Old 14-12-2010, 18:02   #1
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Ice Sailing - Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

OK everyone - had the chance of a lifetime this past weekend. Here in MN it was -16 (yeah, below ZERO - not below freezing. Friend of mine from Minneapolis brought his 'ice boat' up to Lake Mille Lacs for the weekend. We had miles and miles of smooth ice without very little snow on it. Needless to say - imagine sitting about 12" above the ice (ground) in a three skate contraption with a sail. Winds gusting to 25 knots - most of the time a steady 18-22............. Snowmobile boots, suite, chopper mittens, helmet, & goggles..............and I was off!!! Next time a gps will be in my pocket so i can see how fast I was actually 'sailing'. :-)

All I can say is 'yeah, it may be 85 & sunny in the Caribbean - but we northern United States sailors know how to make the most of the cccccccccold weather and have fun.

Puts a whole new meaning to the phrase 'shiver me timbers"!!!!!
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Old 14-12-2010, 18:03   #2
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FYI - not a pic of his ice boat - but one to give you the idea.........................
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Sounds fun! I prefer warm weather, though.
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hey we're nearly ice boating in FL.
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so i see with the weather sheets. were you really in the 50's in the day and upper 30's in the nights?
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cool video............didn't take you long
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I've always wanted to ice-sail. But it rarely gets cold enough to freeze big open water around here and the small lakes all get 6 feet of snow on them as soon as they have ice.
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Sailed DN boats in the 70's on Little Lake, Midland Ontario. After racing, took off helmet and balaclava, friend commented I had swollen glands. Told him they were my balls, climbing up to get friggin' warm.
Thing I found most interesting was blurred vision from the ice riplets vibration at 50+ knts.
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