According to wikipedia:
"Skate sailing is not a new sport. Drawings of skaters holding sails in Europe go back to the 18th century or perhaps 17th century."
Here is a good link how to skate sail and has other links like how to build one :-)
Sometimes I read about sail types like Hopatcong and I assume it is Scandinavian and perhaps it is. Apparently it is also a lake in New Jersey :-)
Here is another fellow with sail plans : http://www.stevetiffany.com/skatesail.html
And another: http://frozentime.se/skiing/segel_english.html
As I read about this sport, it seems to have existed for quite some time and originated in Sweden around 1900. http://www.iceskatesmuseum.com/e-disc-schaatszeilen.htm
What gets stranger is, one starts to find information on stilted skates and also skate wings. Oddly enough we NEVER seem to have heard about these things here. One would have thought that Canada with ice and snow would have tried all kinds of winter activities. It seems skiing was enough ??
Here is a skate wing video: it's ONLY 13 secs, butt that was all i could find on this one...
Here is a piece of history. This woman was apparently the champ in NJ in 1924 !!!
|Skate Sailing, River Styx Cove, circa 1925.|
The previous two(2) photos are apparently from the Lake Hopatcong Museum ...
Even the military was doin' it ...