It only happens once every few years:
a brackish river in New Jersey
freezes over, and the iceboats
come out. It's happening all over the Northeast, where an unusually cold winter is welcomed with delight by aficionados of this sport
. Lightly constructed, beautiful, and fast
(the record stands at 84 miles an hour propelled by wind alone), iceboats provide a winter thrill ride like none other
or ice yachting
has thrived in pockets of North America
since the nineteenth century. When conditions are right, see them sailing and racing
, on the Hudson
, in Maine
, Prince Edward Island
. and wherever else "hard-water sailors"
Ever dreamed of building a boat and sailing away?
Two clearly mad Canadians decide to built a yacht. Clearly mad because they actually do it! It's a bit of a saga but well worth the read for the vicarious pleasure. I'm green with envy!
N.B. the site navigation can be a bit dicky so you may have to change the url to get to the next day sometimes. It goes up to day 222.
Reclaim your favorite sailing spot.
A Red Green solution for the frustrated catamaran sailors out there. A bit of a bagatelle, but at least you can get a t-shirt.
The Volvo Ocean Race,
formerly known as Whitbread Round the World, starts today. After years of preparation for the crews, boat builders and designers, 1500 BST this afternoon will see the eight participating boats cross the Cowes start line on the first leg to Cape Town. The website is more advanced than ever, with virtual racing
available, as well as WAP/SMS
services and brand new virtual spectator
software. Will you be following the teams
as they sail round the world, or is sailing simply no spectator sport?