These ‘boaters’ skim the surface at incredible speeds

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Iceboats are light wooden sailboats with long metal runners on the bottoms that use the wind to glide across ice. They can move up to four times faster than the speed of the wind. Iceboats can reach speeds of up to 60-70 miles per hour and are used for competitive racing and casual joy rides.

In southwest Pennsylvania, a small community of iceboaters formed an unofficial club of sailing enthusiasts who use Lake Arthur as a home base. The club is actually more of an e-mail list that lets recipients know when and where boaters plan to sail each weekend. Retired iceboaters started the e-mail chain, testing the ice on Fridays and reporting the conditions to the rest of the sailors.

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