Sailing on skis

You would think that sailing is challenging as it is, but have you ever heard of hardwater sailing? Hardwater sailing means sailing on icy waters and differs quite a lot from normal sailing, obviously. First of all the sail boats are equipped with skis at the bottom and instead of gliding through the water they slide on top of it. Generally hardwater sailing equals small boats and high speeds, and serious sailors travel around the world to check different icy waters from their lists (not unlike divers exploring the underwater scenes around the globe).

This blog is all about hardwater sailing, and we welcome curious beginners as well as experienced sailors.


All you need to know about Hard Water Sailing

9 Mar 2020

Hard water sailing, or as it is also known iceboating, is a sport that is gaining in popularity and might eventually have a place in the Olympics. If you’ve ever been on a skating ring, you might remember gliding on the ice with the air in your hair and barely any resistance at all. Hard water sailing is all of that but way cooler.

The boat is similar in shape to a go-cart, minus the wheels. Instead, it comes with sails and runners that have been sharpened to a very fine edge. The small, light-weight boat, can only take one person, who usually rides lying down on the shallow bottom of the boat.

Sport for speed junkies

What makes this sport so exciting is the speed. With those razor-sharp runners, there is barely any friction to interfere and detract from the speed. With a good wind and clean ice, hard water sailors can even reach speeds of up to 80mph.

It is this speed that makes this sport so thrilling. One can even compare it to the thrill of playing at the slots while watching the last of the reels come to a stop when you already have 3 matching symbols in a winning combination. The kind of excitement that you can find here can easily be compared to the thrill of gliding over the ice at high speed.

Hard water sailing, the basics

5 Feb 2020

There're many people who love sailing. It is a magnificent sport that opens up horizons and pushes those who practice it to surpass themselves physically and psychologically. But its mastery requires both a very good physical condition and encyclopedic knowledge. So you gain an understanding of some basics before starting.

Gtiyc.org: All About Hard Water Sailing

7 Jan 2020

Do you have a passion for racing boats on ice, otherwise known as hard water sailing? Find out about the tips, skills, types of boats used, and how easy it is to fathom out iceboating. You'll ultimately know the best places around the globe for hard water sailing.