Copyright John A. Sperr
Preserving and Sailing the Historic Gaff Rigged Ice Yachts of New York's Hudson River Valley
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Rip Van Winkle moved to Tivoli
Work Parties to be Scheduled Soon
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A Brief Update
The Ice is Out -- We are Done for the Season
The river is mass of thin cakes of ice that are rapidly breaking up, melting, and being flushed down river by the spring freshet. The fleet is off the ice and back in the barn -- the end of the season lunch and video fest has been scheduled for April 6th. View the latest USCG Ice Flight Photos to witness how quickly it happened. We were lucky the to get the last two boats off the ice without the big Rokeby tractor and trailer (10,000 lb) going through the ice in the cove. Slogging up the hill through the mud was another problem, but easy compared to having to pull the tractor out of the river had it broken through the ice.
Thank you to everyone who sent pictures and video -- I will start a major remake of this page in the coming weeks and share the wealth with everyone before I transition to summer mode.
Previous Sailing News
The big ice yacht ROCKET finally had its day on Saturday, March 1, 2014 -- after a multi-year restoration effort by the North Shewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club, the boat took its first sail in 100 years on the Hudson River at Astor Point. A crowd of several hundred spectators cheered and watched in delight as the big boat eased into a stiff southerly breeze and headed for the Rhinecliff Bridge. A dozen media organizations witnessed and recorded the event for posterity -- the Associated Press even had a drone helicopter in video pursuit. By late afternoon, the breeze eased off a bit and the full fleet of over 30 ice boats was in action. Over 400 people visited the ice on a glorious winter's day.
Sunday was another beautiful day with the entire fleet in action. When the wind died mid-day, the boats lined up for the photographers while the sailors took a well deserved lunch break. Once the wind came back, it was an afternoon full of action again, giving rides kids and adults from the willing crowd of several hundred visitors. As the afternoon drew to a close, a five piece band, The Hudson Brass Quintet, arrived on the ice and played music until sunset, a fitting end to a fabulous weekend.
Recent Photo Albums
USCG Aerial Photos of the Hudson River
|Stevens Tech SSWS & NYHOPS||Zone Forecast Tivoli Bay||15 Image 5 Day GFS Forecast|
|Northern Hemisphere 850 Temp||Regional Summary -- NY, NJ, CT, MA||5 Image 2 Day Forecast Maps|
|USA Radar from Intellicast||Jetstream Forecast||Snow and Precip Type Forecast Loop|
|NE US Radar from Intellicast||Current Snow Depth||Water Vapor Forecast Loop|
|Albany Storm Precipitation Totals||Saugerties Lighthouse Live Image||US Hazardous Weather Outlook|
|Day 1 Quant Precip Forecast Map||WTEN Interactive Radar and Futurecast||10 day GFS Forecast|
|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
Saratoga Lake Ice Report
Yahoo Group "IceReports"
photo Copyright Brian Reid, December 2002
Email John Sperr
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 of the day. ŠJohn A. Sperr MMXIV