If you don’t believe in global warming, then please explain to me why Long Islander’s are no longer able to enjoy the great sport of ice yachting like they used to back in 1888. According to The New York Times article below from January 24, 1888, ice yachting was “being extensively indulged in” when the Great South Bay completely froze over that winter.
[via The New York Times]
An “ice yacht” or “iceboat” looks like a small bobsled with a sail attached to it, and according to Wikipedia, “in 1790, ice yachting was in vogue on the Hudson River, its headquarters being at Poughkeepsie, New York.” While ice yachting doesn’t appear to be very “in vogue” on Long Island these days, the past few winters have been extremely cold and perhaps we could see a renaissance of the sport if the weather reamins cold and the Great South Bay freezes over again.
If you’re not familiar with ice yachting take a peek at this video. The sport appears to be fairly popular in central Europe.