66° 29’ 55” N – 25° 43’ 17” E
Ice Yachting /
As fast as the wind
Windward with lifts when the ice yacht sails out over the gently rocking sea ice. Your body is ten centimetres above the surface, the world is silent and speed reaches about a hundred kilometres per hour. The acceleration is sensationally fast and the subsequent enchantment is practically addictive.
The sport was created in 1937 when the American newspaper the Detroit News advertised a design contest to develop a new, fast and simple ice vessel that could be transported on the roof of a car. The sport has remained mobile, since it is the ice conditions that determine the location. The season start is the All Saints Ice Regatta in Finnish Rovaniemi, where the Russian cold stakes its claim in early November and enthusiasts from all over Europe are on hand. You then look southwards over the land of a thousand ices and wait for the wind to pick up.
No 10 ICE YACHTING / ROVANIEMI
GOOD TO KNOW
- Activity: Ice yachting
- Location: Rovaniemi
- Season: Depends on ice conditions
- Degree of difficulty: It is a big advantage to have experience sailing and experience on the ice. Being able to climb out of a hole in the ice with ice prods is a must.
- Other facts: Experienced ice yachters can easily reach speeds of 100 km/h. The world’s record is a shocking 160 km/h.
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