One doesn't need summer to enjoy the water!
When the coldest depths of winter come to Long Island, New York, the sea and lakes freeze into smooth sheets of ice. If you are fortunate, you might hear the crack of the Long Island iceboatsspeeding through the chilly air.
"When those boats go by at 80 miles per hour, it sets off a vibration," says Bill Kanz, long-time iceboater and member of the Orient Ice Yacht Club. "There's nothing like it. It's a roar like a fighter jet going over you."
The boats sit above the ice on skates and have a sail that catches the wind. The boats draw out the whole community of Orient, bundled in their warmest garments. Orient, a pretty village at the tip of Long Island, is located 100 miles or so from New York City. Surrounded by water on most sides, Orient is ideal for iceboating.
"It's really special. When the ice is frozen thick enough, the whole village comes out, even those who don't iceboat," Kanz says. "It's very social; people will hang around talking all day."