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For fishing, sailing, why wait 'til spring?

The bone-chilling cold that's driving many Long Islanders indoors this week is beckoning others to the ice.

On the eighth straight day of below-freezing temperatures for Long Island yesterday, enthusiasts took to Lake Ronkonkoma for activities they rarely get to enjoy -- ice boating and ice fishing.

Photo by Jeffrey Basinger

Tim Dahlen of Westhampton, a member of the Lake Ronkonkoma Ice Boat and Yacht Club, above said ice boating requires moderate but not severe wind speeds, more than 2-inch ice thickness, and no snow.

Meeting all those conditions is so rare on Long Island that the club, founded in 1923, only meets a few times a year.

Photo by Jeffrey Basinger

Photo by Jeffrey Basinger

There are about 60 active sailors in the club who come from around the Island, according to the club's website. Local waters used by the club include Lake Ronkonkoma, Great South Bay, Mecox Bay and Hallock Bay.

Photo by Jeffrey Basinger

Club member Hank Kaiser of Remsenburg also hit Lake Ronkonkoma. Above, he prepares a DN model ice boat along with friend Fred Weaver of Hampton Bays.

Elsewhere on the frozen lake, ice fishers had their fun, too.

Photo by Jeffrey Basinger

Daniel Valentine of Massapequa, above, hand drills into the ice before fishing.

Photo by Jeffrey Basinger

Valentine was on the lake with friend Andrew Fatscher, also of Massapequa. Both are avid fishermen.

Below, Fatscher uses a smartphone to assist him.

Photo by Jeffrey Basinger

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