How to keep the sailing flame alive over winter
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@ sailmagazine.com or on our Facebook page. 4 WAYS TO GET ACTIVE
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.
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.
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 (nalsa.org) or blokart.com 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 (theamya.org) for action near you.