In mid December as I was out looking to photograph eagles along the Mississippi River I came across a group of people ice sailing on Lake Peppin. This is not typically my type of subject but I found it interesting and so I stopped to take a few pics. The most interesting part to me is that less then a week before these pics were taken Lake Peppin, where these guys were sailing, did not have any ice that I could see.
Ice sailing, from what I have read, was invented by the Dutch in the 1700s and was originally a way to transport goods across the frozen lakes. Ice sailing was introduced to the United States in the late 1700s. As time went by ice sailing became a sport with smaller and faster boats. Most boats are either a Dutch or Russian design. These are the smaller faster Russian style which are very popular for racing.