Ice sailing in America actually goes back further than one would think. In 1869, one of the largest ice yachts was built for racing on the frozen Hudson River, called Icicle. It still holds the record for the largest ice yacht ever built. The sport itself is mostly comprised of individuals who are enthusiastic about sailing, and don’t particularly want to wait for the lakes to melt.
There are quite a few ice yachting clubs in the Great Lakes area including The Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club in Madison, WI, Minnesota Ice Sailing Association, Toledo Ice Yacht Club, and West Michigan Ice Yacht Club. So get out there and try something new, because if this sport has been around for over 200 years, they have got to be doing something right, right?