Copyright John A. Sperr


Sunday 4:44 pm EDT Sept 22, 2013

The Autumnal Equinox

Update from Downeast Maine

Eggemoggin Reach Regatta 2013



Image saved from
Google Maps

Google Maps released new aerial imagery of the Blue Hill Peninsula earlier this spring and it is a major upgrade to what was previously available. As I zoomed in to inspect it, I suddenly realized that I could see what appeared to be my car at the top of the hill in the parking area (left middle margin). When I brought the same location up in Google Earth, it's more powerful features and better zoom capability confirmed the date as one when I was there working in our wild blueberry field and convinced me that I was indeed looking at my black Passat wagon. Eventually, I was able to locate myself in the image. (If you want take up the challenge, here's a kmz file for Google Earth -- let me know where you think you have found me -- extra points, Ryan and Will, if you can deduce the time of day ± 5 minutes that the photo was taken.)

Weather  Links

WTEN Futurecast

Iceboat Launch Site Maps & Directory for the Eastern US

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Picture from the South Pole

The sun reappeared at the South Pole Station this week after being below the horizon for the prior six months. As it nears the horizon, the landscape at the Pole brightens to a 24 hour twilight and they re-activate the webcam at the Atmospheric Research Observatory. When the satellite link is active (about 6 hours per day), you can see a new photo every 15 minutes. I grabbed this photo recently, on the first clear and sunny day of spring highlighting the very long shadows cast in the pristine environment. The camera has since been pointed down very close to the horizon to protect it from looking directly at the sun and burning out. It will be at least another month before the runway has been groomed and it has warmed sufficiently so that the big LC-130 turboprops can begin daily flights ferrying summer crew, food, and fuel to the South Pole Station from McMurdo Station on the coast.

 Here in the Hudson Valley we kicked off our winter preparations by setting up the ice yacht BEATRICE this morning. The fine old craft was named for the daughter of Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth Livingston -- wealthy landowners and heirs to one of the great estates that stretch 20 miles along the east shore of the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Germantown. We still need to locate a few more her parts -- perhaps the boat will be on public display over the holidays.


Maine -- August 2013

We start our annual vacation in Maine with a day trip to Hog Island to watch the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. This is an annual event for wooden sailboats that is very popular and well attended on the Maine sailing calendar. The day dawned cloudy and gray as we prepared our boats and kayaks for the trip and shortly thereafter, a cold rain began to fall. An hour later though, as often is the case on the coast of Maine, the rain just as quickly moved on and the day turned sunny and warm for a perfect running of the race. Light wind allowed one of the smaller and less favored boats to hold the lead for the first three marks of the race, but as the wind built from the southwest, a pair of larger boats powered up and were able to overtake the early leader at the line. Hog Island forms a narrow reach in the course which the boats pass on the outbound and inbound legs of the race giving great viewing of the race. See the "Recent Photo Albums" for more pictures.

Falcon still in the lead

ISOBEL chasing down the leaders after blowing out the spinnaker a mile from the finish


Current Jetstream Forecast and Surface Conditions -- Image by Environment Canada


Double rainbow in Maine looking east across our new blueberry field



Weather Links

Stevens Tech SSWS & NYHOPS Zone Forecast Tivoli Bay Zone Forecast Sedgwick Maine
Northern Hemisphere 850 Temp  Regional Summary -- NY, NJ, CT, MA 5 Image 2 Day Forecast Maps
USA Radar from Intellicast USA Radar Summary -- summer mode Snow and Precip Type Forecast Loop
NE US Radar from Intellicast NE US Radar Summary -- summer mode Water Vapor Forecast Loop
Albany Storm Precipitation Totals Jetstream Forecast 3 - 7 Day US Hazards Outlook
Day 1 Quant Precip Forecast Map  WTEN Interactive Radar and Futurecast Current Snow Depth
Day 2 Quant Precip Forecast Map Northeast Wind Speed (Kts) & Streamlines 31 Frame Forecast Animation
Day 3 Quant Precip Forecast Map Northeast Temperature 5° F Contour Quantitative Precipitation Discussion

Links to Field Reports of Ice Conditions

IDNIYRA Ice Conditions Reports



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photo Copyright Brian Reid, December 2002



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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.       ©John A. Sperr MMXIII