The sailing season never ends when you also sail an iceboat. Fellowship, camaraderie, and high-speed excitement attract sailors to this winter sport. Area ice sailors welcome new participants, and formed a club to help newcomers get started in the fun.
The West Michigan Ice Yacht Club informs members by email when area lakes have favorable ice conditions. The club promotes safety and recreation. Club meetings are open to all. The club meets at the Muskegon Yacht Club 7:30 p.m. January 19 and February 16. The club also meets on the ice to sail, and welcomes those who would like to find out more about the sport.
Member Andy Bos gives rides in his two-seat Arrow iceboat. Be sure to dress as warmly as you would for downhill skiing.
Most members of the club are interested in recreational sailing, but a few also race. The DN iceboat is the most popular. Race speeds average 45 miles per hour. There are several regattas in Michigan every winter. For more information about racing, visit IDNIYRA.org. Visit the clubs Web site at WMIYC.org.
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