Only a few times each year have we seen these ice sailors out on the lakes, and some years not at all. It’s exhilarating to watch them sail across the ice in their iceboats at speeds that can exceed 60 mph. Organized ice yachting is popular in North America, and as close as Lake Champlain.
In the 1850s, ice yacht clubs were popular on the Hudson River in Newburg, New Hamburg, Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park, New York. The founder of the Hudson Ice Yacht Club recorded a speed of over 100 mph in 1869. They also raced against trains that began running along the Hudson River!
The only activity on the lakes right now are ice fishermen and skaters – some with hockey sticks, but not me… not yet!
Learn more about this exciting sport through this video by the The World Sailing Show