Copyright John A. Sperr
Preserving and Sailing the Historic Gaff Rigged Ice Yachts of New York's Hudson River Valley
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The Season is Over -- We were Skunked
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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.
Recent Photo Albums
Ice Flight Photos
Web Page Archives
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.
|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||North Germantown Landing Live Webcam||US Hazardous Weather Outlook|
|Day 1 Quant Precip Forecast Map||Interactive Radar||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||US Temperature 5° F Contour||Quantitative Precipitation Discussion|
Links to Field Reports of Ice Conditions
IDNIYRA Ice Conditions Reports
Yahoo Group "IceReports"
Iceboat Launch Site
Maps & Directory for the Eastern US
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