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Why I design skate sails and not ice
Anders Ansar. All rights reserved.
When I discuss new ways of sailing fast on ice with people they
suggest some form of ice boat. But I prefer to stick to skate
sailing for several reasons. (An ice boat is a "boat", which you
sit in, with runners
(skates) mounted on it. A skate sailor wears skates on his feet.)
Here in Sweden we have championship races where I can compete
with my hopefully
winning designs. If I make a fast ice boat there is no class to
Skate sails tends to be much simpler constructions because you
of the structures and functions needed free from birth. An ice
apart from the boat, a structure to mount the skates on and one
skates must be arranged for steering.
The skate sailor, on the other hand, only needs to put skates
feet and he then steers with his legs. Suspension is also
for the skate sailor. When he sails a wing skate sail you can
say his body
acts as a mast. He directly sheets the sail by turning it
slightly with his
hands while the ice boat needs sheeting system.
The investment (material and building time) is very small
compared to (the
not faster) ice boats. This makes it relatively easy to try
The skate sails are also easier to transport and store.
|The best tactical compass for sail
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
of the wind is between best lift and worst header, in
shifts. Picture on to the right is an animation.
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