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Old 20th Feb 2017, 20:54
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Ice boats are incredibly fast!

'That speed is unbelievable': Take a slide on a P.E.I. ice boat - Prince Edward Island - CBC News
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Old 20th Feb 2017, 21:03
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Reminds me of another form of sailing; the land yacht. This is a triangular frame with a sail which would hurl across beaches at mind numbing speeds.

I haven't heard about them for years so I don't know if they are still around.
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Old 20th Feb 2017, 21:07
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How do they get the ice so smooth?
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Old 20th Feb 2017, 21:48
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Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
Reminds me of another form of sailing; the land yacht. This is a triangular frame with a sail which would hurl across beaches at mind numbing speeds.

I haven't heard about them for years so I don't know if they are still around.
I saw some on a North Norfolk beach just before Christmas. I hadn't seen them there for a while, but there were about half a dozen in a force 5 blow hanging on for grim death at some amazing speed.

There's also a group on the same beach who do something similar with kites attached to a trike unit, I really want to try that!

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Old 20th Feb 2017, 22:16
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Before the invention of the internal combustion engine, the Land speed record was held by ice yachts. Yes, it's a superb sport and highly addictive to its participants. And when we get tired there's always ice car racing. At least until March most years...

Which explains why any old rusted-out Toyota MR2 is still worth thousands hereabouts.
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Old 20th Feb 2017, 22:56
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Still some land yachtr racing in North Wales I believe
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Also at Brean Sands, Zummerset, as well as kite buggies.
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Old 21st Feb 2017, 01:26
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Land yachts still race in numerous areas of Australia.

1. Lake Lefroy Land Yacht Club, near Kambalda, Western Australia, in W.A.'s Southern Goldfields area.

2. Sandgropers Land Yacht Club, at Safety Bay, South of Perth, W.A.

3. Adelaide Landyacht Club, Adelaide, South Australia.

4. Woomera Yacht Club, Woomera, Northern South Australia.

ABC News (AUS) - Land sailor claims new world-speed record on Lake Lefroy

Salt lakes in Australia provide the biggest areas for landsailing, but there are many smaller, very flat, hard claypans in the Australian interior, that provide excellent landsailing when they are dry.
If there's heavy rainfall, the claypans fill with water, and the water on them can stay there for up to a couple of years, thus rendering landsailing impossible on them until they totally dry out again.
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Old 21st Feb 2017, 03:09
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Does it freeze in the winter for ice boating? . I was in the arrival into Perth from SIN last year and noticed what looked like iced up lakes until realized they were salt pans.

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Does it freeze in the winter for ice boating? .
Possibly. Once this global warming thing gets turned around.
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Old 21st Feb 2017, 06:35
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That's just too damn cold.
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The slowest ice boat?

Ice-locked ship to drift over North Pole - BBC News
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A lady was killed on St Annes beach 12 or so years back. Sand yacht doing 45mph or so.

Not sure whether thy have reopened it for sand yacht racing yet.
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A lady was killed on St Annes beach 12 or so years back. Sand yacht doing 45mph or so.

Not sure whether thy have reopened it for sand yacht racing yet.
Apparently Sir James Anderton (God fearing Christian) was almost killed by a car ferry years ago when he was Chief Constable of Manchester.
He was on a sponsored walk across The Mersey River in Liverpool and the Ferry nearly ran him down.
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Yacht and dinghy sailors can get caught out on sand yachts. Jibing (turning with the wind behind) requires care in a boat, yet is relatively benign on a sand yacht travelling faster than the wind. Going about (turning with the wind from the front) is the opposite, as the sail fills quickly on the sand yacht, leaving the unwary on two wheels or two wheels and a masthead.

There are two sand yachting schools at Romney Sands near Lydd, in Kent, Fishy's and Kirrawee. You are supposed to book ahead, but I turned up on the day and rented one without any trouble. Quite handy really as we were staying in the caravan park on the opposite side of the road.

Holes left by lugworm diggers are another hazard. Going through a 6" deep crater at 20+mph on unsprung wheels, certainly gives one's spine a good jolt.
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Old 21st Feb 2017, 22:34
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Originally Posted by Wetstart Dryrun View Post
A lady was killed on St Annes beach 12 or so years back. Sand yacht doing 45mph or so.

Not sure whether thy have reopened it for sand yacht racing yet.
Southport beach (opposite side of the Ribble Estuary) used to have them too. Not seen any on either for a long time.
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Old 22nd Feb 2017, 19:53
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Looks to be popular in France too.. This is at Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, up in the Vendée.
Starts at 1:10..



I seem to remember that Le Touquet was once a centre for sand yachting (maybe still is?).
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