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Last updated at 13:27 GMT, Wednesday, 08 February 2012

On thin ice?

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The temperature was twenty degrees below freezing, but that didn't stop these sports enthusiasts.

Racing teams in Poland took advantage of the wintry weather to sail their iceboats on a frozen reservoir.

The one-man vessel is light and agile, and can reach speeds of over 100km per hour.

Many competitors train in sailing boats in summer months and switch to iceboat racing during the winter.

enthusiasts

fans of a sport

took advantage of

made use of

reservoir

lake used to store water

vessel

boat or ship

competitors

people taking part in a sport or competition

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

enthusiasts / took advantage of / reservoir / vessel / competitors

1. Adults and children alike in Berkshire ______________ a covering of snow to dust off their sledges.

2. Restoration work on the Cutty Sark, a 19th Century tea clipper, following a devastating fire, is nearing completion. It is time for engineers to lift the 900-tonne ____________ into its final position ahead of its reopening to the public in spring 2012.

3. Students at a university in Stratford which will host the US Olympic team claim their term has been cut short to accommodate the _________________.

4. Colombia is increasingly using golf to promote itself internationally. The country's 50 golf courses are a powerful proposition to lure in tourists and sports ____________________.

5. In November, Anglian Water was granted a permit to extract extra water from the River Nene, to replenish the half full Pitsford _______________, until early April.

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How did you do?

1

took advantage of

2

vessel

3

competitors

4

enthusiasts

5

reservoir

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