Copyright John A. Sperr

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


 The Ice Yachts Cometh
An Exposition at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home, Library, and Museum
Hyde Park NY 12538

Sunday, December 21, 2014 -- Friday, January 2, 2015

Opening reception at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center
 Sunday, December 21, 2014 --  2 pm

Introductory remarks by:

Lynn Bassanese, Director of the FDR Library (National Archives)
Sarah Olson, Supt. of Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site (National Park Service)
Wint Aldrich, Historian

FDR's ice yacht "HAWK" will be on display in the Visitor Center Lobby
Historic ice yachts of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club fleet will also be on display in front of the FDR Library

HAWK sketch courtesy of Reid Bielenberg

"I enclose two copies of prints enlarged from a Kodak, showing me at the helm of the ice yacht HAWK. I suggest that you have
this framed and hung on the wall over the spars. It can be labeled 'FDR at helm of ice yacht HAWK off Roosevelt Point, 1905'."
Photo and quoted text courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, New York.


Weather  Links

Check out the  WTEN Futurecast product
(I've made it very easy to customize this link to suit your own preferences)

Iceboat Launch Site Maps & Directory for the Eastern US

Email John Sperr      On-the-Ice Cell # Request

AIS Ship Tracking

ADS-B Aircraft Tracking


right click and select "view image" to see photos in full resolution


GALE and NORTH WIND -- sister ships -- at Orange Lake, NY

Large marconi rigged stern steerer with a Hudson River style skeg.
Unknown location (Madison, Wisconsin?)

Special thanks to Ray Chipault and Underwood Archives.


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


Drawing by Reid Bielenberg


Drawing by Reid Bielenberg


Web Page Archives

December 13, 2014 Archive

September 1, 2014 Archive

April 20, 2014 Archive

February 5, 2014 Archive

January 18, 2014 Archive

January 3, 2014 Archive

December 8, 2013 Archive

September 22, 2013 Archive

May 24, 2013 Archive     August 1, 2013 Archive

April 14, 2013 Archive     May 1, 2013 Archive

February 20, 2013 Archive     March 17, 2013 Archive

 September 23, 2012 Archive    December 22, 2012 Archive

June 4, 2012 Archive        July 14, 2012 Archive

January 16, 2012 Archive

Wreck of the Galatea Archive

December 26, 2011 Archive     December 15, 2011 Archive

October 2011 Archive          Early Summer 2011 Archive

May 2, 2011 Archive                    March 1, 2011 Archive

February 24, 2011 Archive     February 19, 2011 Archive



Weather Links

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

Hudson Valley weather forecasts were a bust during this stormy week. With no well defined cold jet stream flow aloft, an upper
low parked itself over central NY while a surface low drifted lazily up the coast. Warm air mixed in aloft between the centers and many places
 saw rain instead of snow. The computer models rarely handle these scenarios well -- inaccurate "busted" forecasts are the result.


Links to Field Reports of Ice Conditions

IDNIYRA Ice Conditions Reports

Saratoga Lake Ice Report

Yahoo Group  "IceReports"


Iceboat Launch Site Maps & Directory for the Eastern US



Brakes On? 
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 of the day.                    ŠJohn A. Sperr MMXIV