Ice speed sailing
For sailing, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) authorized the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) to administrate any claims of sailing speed records. However, for ice sailing, there is no international authority to oversee speed records on ice. But that does not stop people from making claims of speed.
This week, Windsurfing magazine’s website posted a story about how Jeff Brown set a new GPS World Speed Record on his iceboard Freeskate (essentially a windsurf rig attached to a board with runners/skates). Jeff goes further as to say that he is now ranked #1 in the world for a "Freestanding rig ice-sled class" which covers all handheld windsurfer type craft on ice.
Personally, I don’t dispute anything he is claiming. All the data is based on sophisticated GPS devices, with the data uploaded and analyzed, with the results then posted to a newly established website called GPS Icesailing. But shouldn’t somebody be in charge? After Jeff made his claims at the GPS Icesailing website, a moderator said they do not allow any self-claimed 'WORLD' records on the site. As for Jeff’s reply, he said, “As far as whatever claim to call my achievement, it is what it is, and I am happy about that!”
It would seem that for the validity of these speed claims to pass the sniff test, some entity needs to be established as the international guardian of ice speed sailing, and then determine the standards and practices that everyone abides by. Until then, ice speed sailing is more about bragging rights in the bar… and less about making “world record” claims.
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