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Eggemoggin Reach Regatta 2012 Photos
Maine August 2012 Photos
Eggemoggin Reach Regatta 2012
The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta (ERR) is an annual event for wooden sailboats held on the first Saturday in August in Brooklin, Maine. It is the culmination of a series of races and maritime events in "Downeast Maine". Castine, home to the Maine Maritime Academy, kicked off the event this year on August 1 by hosting an open house for a number of historic yachts designed and built by William Fife III and a late afternoon lecture describing the incredible efforts and struggles by their current owners to restore these yachts to their current pristine condition. The ERR yachts begin the race in staggered fleets in the Reach in front of Brooklin Marine, fly down the "Thoroughfare" past our vantage point on Hog Island, round Egg Rock and Halibut Rocks, and return past us once again to the finish line at the headquarters of Wooden Boat Magazine. There are more photos in the online web albums.
Many people were surprised to learn that we still actively sail our fleet of historic old yachts and that the Hudson River still does freeze with a regularity that makes our sport possible. When you look at the evidence, it is hard to deny that global warming is occurring -- but there will be "normal" winters and "colder than normal" winters for many years to come that will continue to fill the river with a foot or more of ice for weeks or months and allow us to keep the tradition of ice yachting here in the Hudson Valley alive.
August in Maine
It was uncharacteristically hot, humid and rainy most of the month of August in Maine -- this made it difficult to get many of the tasks done in the blueberry field that we were hoping to accomplish. A wet and late spring had many disease and insect problems in high gear all along the coast -- working in the fields when they are wet just exacerbates the problems as you tend to track them around and spread infections which would affect us adversely in the 2013 crop year.
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HRIYC.ORG is neither the official website, nor am I the webmaster, of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club. I am a long standing member of the Club and during the sailing season I frequently post photographs and information on this, my own personal website, about current iceboating activity in the Hudson Valley and beyond. I am the sole person responsible for the presentation of content and the opinions expressed herein. Interesting photographic contributions are welcome and appreciated -- I spend most of my time on the ice skippering and far too often fail to capture the best images the day has to offer. ŠJohn A. Sperr MMXII