• In this Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 photo, members of the University of Vermont sailing team set sail during snow squalls on Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vt. The team normally has to wait for ice on the lake to thaw in March or April to start practices. This year's unusual winter with little snow and spurts of mild temperatures has thus far prevented the open lake from freezing. Their coach decided to take advantage of that and get in some winter practices on the chilly lake. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

    With no frozen lake, sail team gets early start this winter

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont sailing team usually has to wait for the ice to thaw on Lake Champlain in March before getting their boats into the water, cutting into an already tight window for practice.