How to keep the sail­ing flame alive over win­ter

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Just as south­ern sailors are don­ning light jack­ets and em­bark­ing on their win­ter rac­ing and cruis­ing pro­grams, those up north are fin­ish­ing win­ter­iz­ing their boats and con­tem­plat­ing the bleak prospect of swal­low­ing the an­chor for six months. This is, of course, an un­ten­able sit­u­a­tion for many of us, but for­tu­nately there are a num­ber of ways to keep the con­nec­tion alive dur­ing the long, cold, boat­less win­ter months. Check out this lot, and feel free to add your own sug­ges­tions, ei­ther by send­ing an email to sail­mail@ sail­ or on our Face­book page. 4 WAYS TO GET AC­TIVE

Go Frost­bit­ing

Yes, even in the frozen North it’s pos­si­ble to go sail­ing when Jack Frost has his frigid grip on the coun­try. Many clubs and com­mu­nity sail­ing cen­ters run frost­bit­ing pro­grams, so hit up Google for the one near­est you, suit up, and go for it. You’ll en­joy it, re­ally. And the apres-sail will be just like the apres-ski, minus bro­ken limbs.

Go Ice­boat­ing

If you’ve never “sailed” an ice­boat, you haven’t re­ally lived. The racket of those blades clat­ter­ing across the ice is the sound­track to a quick dose of win­ter adren­a­line, and the friendly ice­boat­ing fra­ter­nity will wel­come you with open arms. There’s com­pe­ti­tion on lakes from the Mid­west to New Eng­land.

Go Land­sail­ing

Yes, there is such a thing, and it’s es­pe­cially pop­u­lar in the win­ter. As with ice­boat­ing, there are var­i­ous classes, and some of these three-wheel­ers can reach speeds of over 100mph. Try the North Amer­i­can Land Sail­ing As­so­ci­a­tion ( or for clubs and events near you.

Find a Pond

Model-yacht rac­ing is a win­ter sta­ple in many states, es­pe­cially those where it’s too cold to sail but too warm to freeze. All you need is a pond, a ra­dio­con­trolled yacht and some like­minded folks, and it’s re­gatta time. Check out the Amer­i­can Model Yacht­ing As­so­ci­a­tion ( for ac­tion near you.

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