VIDEO: Fastest wind-propelled sport on the face of the Earth

When the Navesink River freezes over in Monmouth County, New Jersey, a unique breed of sailors head for the river to lift their sails. According to veteran ice boater Nels Lybeck, it’s the fastest wind propelled sport on the face of the Earth.

The lure is all about speed. Many boats can easily top 50 miles per hour on the ice. Some boats can even reach speeds topping 100 mph. While most Jerseyans have had enough of winter and the recent cold temperatures, members of the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club in Red Bank are finally getting the conditions they need.

The past two winters have been tough for Navesink ice boaters. The last decent sailing ice was back in February of 2011.

Video by Andre Malok/The Star-Ledger

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