DN iceboat racing

26 Jan

Kingston is hosting the world championship iceboat races this week. The event alternates between Europe and North America each year. These solo cockpit one-design boats require particular weather conditions to make good ice for racing.  With good winds they can reach speeds of 100km/h.

crossing the lake to the course

In 1937 the Detroit News paper sponsored an iceboat design contest that led to the creation of the most popular class of iceboats.

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For information and details of the international organization see      https://ice.idniyra.org/

The final last minute decision as to the location with appropriate ice conditions was made on January 23.  We can expect to see about 100 boats and from as many as possibly 15 countries. IMAG4152_1   It’s lots of work for the organizers, many KYC members and CORK deserve a big thanks.

This video is from 2014 competition in Europe.   http://vimeo.com/111483310

I’ve had a few chances in past years, when the ice conditions are just right to see a few of these boats. Today, January 26th, I saw the fleet racing way off in the distance.  It must be a riot to scream along at high speeds in such a small light weight sailing craft.  Unfortunately it was about -15°C so I stayed in our Subaru parked along the Kingston shoreline and had to settle for a view with my binoculars. The fleet was about 5km away close to Wolfe Island.   I was able to take a few long distance pictures this afternoon. Although they aren’t great photographs it does prove that I can take a picture with a cell phone focusing through binoculars and a car windshield, while sitting in a warm car. Wimpy eh? IMAG4150

Until I get some better pictures, hopefully on Wednesday, enjoy those posted by the yacht club. https://www.flickr.com/photos/kingstonyachtclub/sets/72157650307023836/   DSCF0425

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