History of the one Wing

Wing ice yacht, 8-meter class, Strelna y/c, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
After two crashes in 2013 and 2014, legendary wing booier “Wing of Communism” is again on ice!

Why “Wing of Communism”? Nothing to do with politics! This name was given because a lot of people contributed to it’s rebirth.
Project of this ice yacht was made by A. Lebedev in 70-80 yy. In 1980th After the dssolution of the Soviet Union yachting in Russia fell into decay. A lot of yacht clubs ceased to exist. A lot of boats fell into disrepair, were destroyed or even burned due to bureaucratic problems – it was easier to write off the balance sheet and destroy a yacht, than to transfer the ownership to the private person! Thus, in St. Petersburg were destroyed countless dinghies and cruising yachts. In the early 90’s was a time when in a few years had been savagely burned about 50 yachts “dragon”! This fate is not passed and ice yachts. Were destroyed a lot of monotypes, DN. Ice yachts S-8 , including all wing booiers S-8B, S-12, became extinct as a class. Several fuselages of S-8 and a pair of wings S-8B were saved by enthusiastic yachtsmen on their own funds (thanks to Igor V. Dorozhkin, Pavel M. Karyakin, Gennady Leontiev, Dmitriy Borodin et al.), and about 20 years were lying in warehouses in several yacht clubs. In the 2000s, some S-8 ice yachts were restored. In 2012, the “S-8 free class ice yacht association” was established, active revival of the S-8 class began. At the moment, ice yacht fleet of S-8 has 18 boats in St. Petersburg, one in Finland and one in Estonia.

Фото из книги “Парус – Under sail – La Voile – Segeln” составитель: В. Кукушкин текст: А. Голубева художник: Т. Салмре фотографии: Виктор Салмре год 1978

Wing booier S-8 “Wing of Communism” as a symbol of rebirth of the S-8 class was restored collectively by the members of the S-8 Association, yachtsmen from Strelna Sailing Club and the SPb Central Yacht Club: Dmitry Borodin, Dmitry Elets, Vadim Pikin, Yevgeny Sharov, Alexei Stupichev, Nikita Brilliantov, Yakov Knyazkov, Alexander Bubnov, Andrew Arsent’ev, Kirill Smirnov, Vladimir Zadirienko and many other people. By means of these people and our friends the wing ice boat was rebuilt three times.
For the first time in 2013 – after 20 years of storage. The wing was re-covered by aircraft cloth, the rotten wood in the fuselage was replaced , rigging was made. During the first ride helmsman forgot to mount the bolt that prevents the wing spindle falling out. Due to vibrations wing popped out of its holder and fell, totally destroying nose of the ice yacht.
In 2014, ice boat was restored by the same people, but after a couple of weeks it was killed by the hurricane, while standing at moorage at night. On the wing iceboats at moorage wing is not removed, but is free to rotate in all directions, while ice yacht is rigidly fixed to the harbour boom, or stationary piles driven into the ice. However, the power of that hurricane was too large, there were no stationary mounts strong enough, booier had capsized, and it’s hull was breaked down into parts.
For the third time, and again by common efforts of different people (justifying its name), the wing ice boat “Wing of Communism” was restored in early 2015. February 23, 2015 the wing ice boat for the first time after 25 years of neglect took part in the race and won 3rd place!

About us

Who we are?

S-8 (Russian – “Svobodny 8 metrovy class” – Open 8 meter class ) –  class of racing iceboats, crew – 1,  max. length btw. side runners and steering runner – 5600 ,  max width btw. side runners – 3700.  Designed in 1970th in USSR as national open class in an attempt to simplify and consolidate constructions of different heavy-iceboat open classes, like S-20 S-12 and different individual open-designs.

Why do we like S-8?

Iceboat of 8-meter open class is cheap and easy-to-maintain construction.  It weights (70kg min being assembled), what is less than monotype-XV (205kg min). S-8 has sail area and plank height good enough to start mooving on hard snow, where DN iceboat cant’s move. Also, comparing to DN, you  don’t have to race lying – you can make comfortable seat in your boat. There is no restrictions about winches. You can make very effective and fast sheeting wheel, as on most of our boats, or classical winch, like in some Skeeters, or if at any reason you want to hold it in your hands – a set of pulley blocs like on DN or Monotypes.

Open 8 iceboat – open for your ideas!  We like, that it’s minimal restrictions in our class.  If you are engineer, yacht designer or good in technical stuff, you can make experiments in making faster boat design.  There are minimal restrictions in S-8 class rules. All of theese restrictions were made only to provide equal available power of our iceboats, such as limitations on max. support base (width, length), max. sail area, min. iceboat mass. All, what is not prohibited – is allowed! Any boat design, that satisfies the requirements, is possible! You can make front-steering or back-steering boats, diffeerent chock designs,  winged planks et.c.  It’s up toy your fantasies and building abilities.

Open 8 iceboat – affordable class.  If you are skilled in woodwork,  you can make all S-8 fuselage, plank, rigging and spare parts by your own. Construction cost of  S-8 class iceboat fuselage and mast is about $1000.    Sail area is not big, so you can make an order to your sailmaker, and it will cost not more than $800-1200, depending on used material (We use Dacron 7-8oz. or Vectran 6oz.)  Steel parts of sheeting and steering systems ($300-500) are mainly made from commecially avaliable metal-roll, and most expensive part of building of these systems will be a welding and rotary machining, that can be made anywhere.  You can buy a set of Monotype-XV runners, that will cost about $1000, or make runners by your own design (steel and metal processing ~ $400). These approximate prices are for just-purchased material (wood + epoxy + hardware + paints ,  metal working,  rigging and other spares).  If you have your own good big workshop, it could be cheaper and easier to build a boat!