Though the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club Blade Runner Newsletter has been on haitus for several years, here is the collection of most of the entire run of the newsletter where you will find the finest writing about ice boating anywhere. Suddenly, sailing into view came a chilling blast from the past. A huge stern-steerer, its yellow stained, canvas sails straining against the twenty mile per hour wind. Behind its sheer size, the Skeeters, Renegades and Nites disappeared for seconds at a time before appearing again on the other side.
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Chickawaukee Iceboat Club Inc. Project Winter Deep thinkers at CIBC perceive a need for an economical ice sailing craft for softwater sailors idled by winters icy grip. Old Sunfish spars and sails are easy to find.
An iceboat occasionally spelled ice boat or traditionally called an ice yacht is a recreational or competition sailing craft supported on metal runners for traveling over ice. One of the runners is steerable. Originally, such craft were boats with a support structure, riding on the runners and steered with a rear blade, as with a conventional rudder. As iceboats evolved, the structure became a frame with a seat or cockpit for the iceboat sailor, resting on runners. Steering was shifted to the front. Because of their speed, iceboats are used both for recreation and for racing. Racing craft typically carry one person. A related activity, land sailing , employs sailing craft similar to iceboats, but riding on wheels instead of runners. The history of iceboating began in Europe in areas where smooth ice was found in the bays of the Baltic Sea and the canals of the Netherlands. Initially boats were used for commerce, but soon evolved into pleasure craft—"ice yachts".
There will, in fact, still be churches besides our own. I have read half of all the comments and decided to skip the rest. Also, as Joanna points out, men and women already inhabit a separate culture. I worry it will only be worse when the kids grow older. Finding a person with whom your wavelength matches, and around whom you feel you can just be yourself, talk about anything, and not be worried about being judged, is not as easy as the romantic movies and TV soaps make it out to be. By all means, I encourage you to try having those discussions and to make a mental note of when you would choose to walk away instead. I admit it is sometimes depressing going to bed without him and getting up seeing him still studying but I am sure we will survive this.