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Land, water and snow sailing with the wing sail.

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Wing skate
                  sailing on roller skates

I have tried the wing skate sails on in line roller skates at low speeds on asphalt. It felt a bit uncomfortable because the skates (self-made, not very good) made more resistance and were more difficult to turn than my ice skates which made it a bit difficult to counter gusts. See picture.

For land sailing on tidal beaches and dry lakes, which we don't have in Sweden, you could use in line skates, maybe with big wheels under the foot (diameter of 30 cm is probably no problem if you use alpine ski boots, as skate sailors with high skates do), a skate board like platform or a bicycle.
The wing would probably be faster than a small land yacht or a buggy (a land sailer pulled by a traction kite.) On ice the wing skate sail has beaten big USA ice boats, Skeeters. Maybe it can beat large land yachts on land.

I don't know of anyone who has tried the wing skate sail on water. Used on a sail board I think the maximum speed could be increased several knots to make it the world's fastest again (at the time of writing it is second fastest). But there are at least a couple of problems to solve: You can't water start. The risk of drowning when you crash.

The wing skate sails have been tried with skies on snow and it works OK. Skies on snow make greater resistance than skates on ice, and as we usually have good ice to sail on our sailors prefer ice sailing.

The best tactical compass for sail boats? You see the wind shifts directly on the compass! No figures to read, write or compare. Can it get simpler?  The position of the white pointer directly shows where the direction of the wind is between best lift and worst header, in oscillating wind shifts. Picture on to the right is an animation. 

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