OK, so my friend Captain Bob calls and says "Iceboating in Newburgh today!" Neither of us had ever gone or seen this up close. I totally fell in love with the beautiful old fashioned wooden ones so I took a lot of pictures so we can build our own! The little fibreglass ones, DNs and Arrows, were like Sunfish and Laser...except they go like 50 miles an hour! The big wooden ones can go 80! The big ones steer from behind and have a tendency to spin out, but I didn't see that.
The little 'uns have a T-bar that connects a rack and pinion to the front runner. These guys were heeled over with one runner in the air going by like rocktships! Fun! There's a reason people wear helmets when doing this! It was cold as f*ck but for a change I didn't care. Sailing in February!