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


Tuesday, June 30, 2015 -- 10 pm

ROCKET wins "Best in Show" at WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport


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Bob Pulsch, Master Builder, of the ROCKET restoration -- photo by ASA.

ROCKET at the WoodenBoat show in Mystic, CT June, 2015 --photo courtesy of Gordon Robertson

We need to fix the rigging of the gaff -- the peak needs to be better supported






Photos from Maine, May 2015

Snow toppled the woodpile

Rebuilding the road before summer starts


Ice Flight Photos

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Fitting the runners

The "Thursday Night Gang" rebuilding the ROCKET's backbone -- photo by Jeff Smith

My first turn at the helm of ROCKET -- Michael Soldati is sheet tender

ROCKET Restoration News

A gin pole is mounted on the backbone to raise and set the mast
photo courtesy of Pat Lown, WoodenBoat Publications

Photos from Maine, May 2015

The tent platform fell and suffered some damage -- more downed trees behind it.

Transplanted spruce trees will form a nice break in another decade

Next year's fruiting crop starting to grow after being mowed off last fall.



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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 MMXV