How to iceboat; iceboating fun



Sailing faster than the wind. An iceboat’s hull is mounted on a crosspiece to each end of which skate like runner blades are attached; a steering runner is located at the hull’s bow or stern. The skipper and, in some models, one other person sit in a cockpit in the hull or in a tray on each side of it. The mast supports a mainsail and sometimes a jib.

Iceboating techniques are similar to those for sailing on water. Pulling in the sail to catch the breeze starts an iceboat downwind. Sailing at a right angle to the wind results in the fastest speed. In this position, the windward runner may lift off the ice; the boat then skates along on one runner. To stop, point into the wind or release the rope holding the sail so that the wind spills. In either case, allow for a safe gliding distance.

Caution: Check with local authorities on the safety of wind and ice conditions. Wear a helmet, goggles, face shield, padded gloves, and insulated clothing to protect against spills and frostbite.