Copyright John A. Sperr

Preserving and Sailing the Historic Gaff Rigged Ice Yachts of New York's Hudson River Valley


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

On behalf of Commodore Rick Lawrence and the Lawrence family:
Hudson River Ice Yacht Club End-of-Season Pot Luck
Members & Friends Gathering
Sunday -- May 15, 2016
Lawrence Farms
39 Colandrea Rd, Newburgh, NY 12550
2 - 5 pm
Bring a dish and a favorite beverage
Bring photos and videos and save room for donuts
A great opportunity to catch up on Club dues!
Update on the club acquisition plans of the ice yacht Manhassett.

See you there!
Brian Reid
Secretary, Hudson River Ice Yacht Club

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2015 -- 2016 Season Recap

The warm and mild winter brought us no sailable ice here in the Hudson Valley. Across New England, it was not much different -- there were few reports of reliable and enduring ice. Our one cold snap in the middle of February lasted two days and was immediately followed by heavy rain, thunder, lightning, and 50 degree temperatures. Only an inch or two of ice could be found on the Hudson River before it once again disappeared.

Road Trip to Maine

Following the discovery of an old Hudson River style stern steerer in a barn in Camden, Maine, it was cleaned up, put on the ice, sailed, and then put up for sale. Brian Reid, historian of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club, quickly agreed to acquire it -- so off we went on the last weekend of February to retrieve it.

Most of the parts are in fine shape -- the backbone is in excellent condition and fitted with lots of nicely designed bronze hardware in the Hudson River tradition. We're still working on it's complete history, but at one time it is believed that it was owned by the founder of the Vermont Castings Woodstove Company.

Safe arrival in Red Hook





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It was a cold and sunny morning in Maine as we made our way to Rockport and the airport at the Owl's Head Museum. At low tide, glistening ice was frozen to the rocks and filled the shallow tidal wetlands along Route US-1.



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Note: new racing rules were adopted in 2015

Galatea's runner plank failed where the plank was bored for the gammon strap through some very funky wood. Rigging carried the left side runner and plank across the boat.
With no gammon strap securing the backbone, the cockpit rolled with the mast and the rim broke.
Pilot and passenger were gently ejected into the sail. No injuries were sustained.        photo Copyright Dock Shuter, Feb 2010



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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 of the day.                    ŠJohn A. Sperr MMXVI