Umami of Nantucket: Ice Boating

Umami* of Nantucket
By Sara Boyce
Love it or hate it: Facebook is a great source of information. Thanks to John Logan’s posting, I learned that there was a fleet of ice boats taking advantage of the recent sunny cold snap, all the way at the other end of the island.In need of a mini adventure, I found the long underwear in the back of the closet, dusted off my hockey skates, and headed off in search of the Ice Boats on Hummock Pond.One problem: we “Wash-Ashores” are often handicapped by a lack of local knowledge. Hint: “The Corral” is a loose term for the fenced in fields off Hummock Pond, not a street name. To get there: make a hard right off Hummock Pond Road at Osprey and follow the fence to the pond.When I arrived, I was surprised to find at least 20 cars, a gaggle of dogs, people and kids in full snow regalia. At least 10 boats made long loops up and down the pond. The adrenalin was palpable whenever a returning sailor loudly proclaimed their euphoric descriptions of their last run.


Click to watch video by Sara Boyce
*”Umami” is something the Japanese recognize as the 5th flavor, in addition to sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. A nuanced word, one could define it as the “je ne sais quoi” that deepens flavor, the experience, and imparts satisfaction and sensory delight. To me, it’s “that which makes Nantucket special”.Sara Boyce is a Freelance Writer, former ice hockey skater, and always game to edit a mini-video.  This article appeared in the February 6, 2013 edition of Mahon About Town.

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