The answer that the athletes portrayed in these spectacular photos would probably give is obviously the latter. We are talking about “ice sailing,” a sport that is very popular in northern European countries and in the States. The images we offer here were taken, just these days, on the Vistula Lagoon in the Polish sector, where the 2017 Junior and Ice-Optimist World and European Championships are taking place.
There were as many as 145 entries in this latest rainbow event, nothing to rival the numbers in our top sailing events.
The vehicles on which these races are run are quite simple. Athletes position themselves inside a kind of “single-seater” equipped with a double skate. A typical single-drift rig, Optimist or similar, is installed on this, and that’s it. Judging from the helmets, speeds must be particularly high and “scuffling” a possible eventuality.