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

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rip Van Winkle moved to Tivoli

Work Parties to be Scheduled Soon

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Andy has been taking my favorite pictures of our sailing for years -- here's the ICE QUEEN in a long, high hike on two runners.

 


JACK FROST graces the center of the line of the historic stern steerers

ROCKET


Jack Frost and Rocket flying up the river                                                  Photo Courtesy of and Copyright by Mark Beaumont

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Iceboat Launch Site Maps & Directory for the Eastern US


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A Brief Update

Glen Burger's Video of the Brass Quintet playing to the Ice Yachts

WNYC / NPR Interview

Glen Burger's 38 mile sailing day on the ice

Dan Clapp's video of the Rocket launch

Peter Slack's Video shot with a drone helicopter

HV-Rob

Paul Sulock Video

NBC Nightly News Video

The Ice is Out -- We are Done for the Season

The river is mass of thin cakes of ice that are rapidly breaking up, melting, and being flushed down river by the spring freshet. The fleet is off the ice and back in the barn -- the end of the season lunch and video fest has been scheduled for April 6th. View the latest USCG Ice Flight Photos to witness how quickly it happened. We were lucky the to get the last two boats off the ice without the big Rokeby tractor and trailer (10,000 lb) going through the ice in the cove. Slogging up the hill through the mud was another problem, but easy compared to having to pull the tractor out of the river had it broken through the ice.

Thank you to everyone who sent pictures and video -- I will start a major remake of this page in the coming weeks and share the wealth with everyone before I transition to summer mode.

 Previous Sailing News

The big ice yacht ROCKET  finally had its day on Saturday, March 1, 2014 -- after a multi-year restoration effort by the North Shewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club, the boat took its first sail in 100 years on the Hudson River at Astor Point. A crowd of several hundred spectators cheered and watched in delight as the big boat eased into a stiff southerly breeze and headed for the Rhinecliff Bridge. A dozen media organizations witnessed and recorded the event for posterity -- the Associated Press even had a drone helicopter in video pursuit. By late afternoon, the breeze eased off a bit and the full fleet of over 30 ice boats was in action. Over 400 people visited the ice on a glorious winter's day.

Sunday was another beautiful day with the entire fleet in action. When the wind died mid-day, the boats lined up for the photographers while the sailors took a well deserved lunch break. Once the wind came back, it was an afternoon full of action again, giving rides kids and adults from the willing crowd of several hundred visitors. As the afternoon drew to a close, a five piece band, The Hudson Brass Quintet, arrived on the ice and played music until sunset, a fitting end to a fabulous weekend.


Rocket needs a gin pole to raise and lower the mast


Scale Model of the Ice Yacht Zero

White Wings and Black Ice

 

 

 


The crew that carried the boats over the tracks from Tivoli Bay

 


A picture from Sweden -- a double cockpit stern steering ice yacht


"82 Red" marks the east side of the shipping channel at Tyler Point
photo courtesy of and copyright by Andy Wainwright


Brett Kolfrat brought Genevieve up from Orange Lake for weekend #2.


Ice Queen sketch copyright Ray Sussman


Ice is done north of the Rhinecliff Bridge


...and a picture from the South Pole Station, Antarctica just before the sun sets


7 am start in Maine to burn brush


A pile fires up -- they smoke a lot for a few minutes-- then they get very hot and burn a lot cleaner.

 


Dinner at the cabin -- new lighting over the sink...


...a 20 x 30 LED array that draws a mere 25 watts.


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


The Jack Frost was rebuilt in Bob Lawrence's basement 40 years ago


Floater visiting the Saugerties Lighthouse   Photo courtesy of and copyright by Dock Shuter


Patrick, the keeper of the Saugerties Lighthouse, on the other side of the channel   Photo courtesy of and copyright by Dock Shuter



A tired but happy sailor             Photo Courtesy of and Copyright by Alon Koppel


Wild Blueberry Pancakes and Soup at the kitchen          photo by Jack Norton


VIXEN -- photo courtesy of and copyright by William J. Carey


Ice at Rhinecliff on March 15th...


...only three or four inches thick.

USCG Aerial Photos of the Hudson River

USCG Ice Flight March 25, 2014

USCG Ice Flight March 24, 2014

USCG Ice Flight March 23, 2014

USCG Ice Flight March 21, 2014

USCG Ice Flight March 18, 2014

USCG Ice Flight March 16, 2014

USCG Ice Flight March 15, 2014

USCG Ice Flight March 10, 2014

USCG Ice Flight March 7, 2014

USCG Ice Flight March 6, 2014

USCG Ice Flight March 5, 2014

USCG Ice Flight March 4, 2014

USCG Ice Flight March 3, 2014

USCG Ice Flight March 2, 2014

 

** USCG Ice Flight February 28, 2014 **

 

USCG Ice Flight February 26, 2014     USCG Ice Flight February 24, 2014

USCG Ice Flight February 22, 2014     USCG Ice Flight February 20, 2014

USCG Ice Flight February 17, 2014     USCG Ice Flight February 16, 2014

USCG Ice Flight February 12, 2014     USCG Ice Flight February 11, 2014

USCG Ice Flight February 10, 2014     USCG Ice Flight February 9, 2014

USCG Ice Flight February 8, 2014     USCG Ice Flight February 7, 2014

USCG Ice Flight February 6, 2014     USCG Ice Flight February 2, 2014

USCG Ice Flight February 1, 2014

USCG Ice Flight January 31, 2014   USCG Ice Flight January 28, 2014

USCG Ice Flight January 27, 2014   USCG Ice Flight January 26, 2014

USCG Ice Flight January 24, 2014   USCG Ice Flight January 23, 2014

USCG Ice Flight January 18, 2014   USCG Ice Flight January 17, 2014

USCG Ice Flight January 16, 2014   USCG Ice Flight January 14, 2014

USCG Ice Flight January 12, 2014   USCG Ice Flight January 10, 2014

USCG Ice Flight January 4, 2014   USCG Ice Flight January 2, 2014

USCG Ice Flight December 31, 2013   USCG Ice Flight December 29, 2013

USCG Ice Flight December 27, 2013   USCG Ice Flight December 26, 2013

USCG Ice Flight December 20, 2013   USCG Ice Flight December 19, 2013


Web Page Archives

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


The big pile awaits -- about 200 small spruce and pine trees


We insert a bag full of empty cardboard milk cartons when we build the pile...


 

 

 


...and three minutes after lighting the match, the pile is in full conflagration.

 


Rounding up the stragglers 45 minutes later hat survived the initial flare.

 


 

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

Links to Field Reports of Ice Conditions

IDNIYRA Ice Conditions Reports

Saratoga Lake Ice Report

Yahoo Group  "IceReports"
 

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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