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Skis in the Art of War$
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K. B. E. E. Eimeleus

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501747403

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501747403.001.0001

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Riding with a Sail1

Riding with a Sail1

Chapter:
(p.59) XV. Riding with a Sail1
Source:
Skis in the Art of War
Author(s):

K. B. E. E. Eimeleus

, William D. Frank, E. John B. Allen
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501747403.003.0015

This chapter explains riding on skis with a sail. Although this is more a sport and is unlikely to have any military applications, the chapter argues that ski sailing has many advantages to it—as well as drawbacks. One certainly can develop tremendous speed, so much so that several people can travel under one sail while preserving strength and vitality. On the other hand, the weight of the sail amounts to extra cargo, which has great significance in the military, where every pound counts. During a headwind, it becomes cumbersome and an inefficient deadweight; tacking into the wind takes a lot of time, disrupting operational plans, and revealing one to the enemy prematurely.

Keywords:   ski sailing, sails, sports, ski-sail

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