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


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Annual Meeting of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club

2 -- 5 pm

Hudson River Maritime Museum -- Kingston, NY

Gourmet Potluck Lunch at 2 pm -- Membership meeting and Election of Officers at 3:30 pm

Please bring a dish to share and your favorite beverage

Annual dues $25

Friends, Guests, and Prospective Members Welcome




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The Manhasset Project

The Hudson River Ice Yacht Club has agreed to acquire the historic Buckhout built ice yacht "Manhasset" from its current owners. The club is soliciting contributions to assist in this endeavor. Donations to the project can sent to the club at the following address:

Hudson River Ice Yacht Club
C/O John Sperr, Treasurer
PO BOX 573
Rhinebeck NY 12572-0573

Spirit of St. Louis

The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome has been busy in recent years in completing one of the long standing goals of the organization -- creating a flying replica of Charles Lindbergh's Ryan NYP -- the plane he flew non-stop from New York to Paris in 1927. On Saturday, May 21, the completed plane made it's first public flight at the Aerodrome.

Celebration of its induction into the fleet

Straight and level over the field with a positive rate of climb following takeoff


Rolling out to a stop (no brakes) after slipping in for a landing following the first public flight of the aircraft.

A few pictures from our Annual Spring Gathering

Roughly fifty members and friends gathered on a blustery afternoon at the Lawrence Farm in Newburgh to celebrate the sailing season that wasn't. We had a good turnout from New Jersey and Long Island. As always, Peter Zendt brought fresh oysters -- even a brief squall of cold rain, sleet, and snow did not chase people away from the shucking table. A brief business meeting was held and the members in attendance unanimously agreed to pursue the purchase of the Manhasset. Many thanks to the entire Lawrence family for hosting this event.



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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