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Brian Reid
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Secretary of Hudson River Ice Yacht Club & unofficial club historian. I own 2 classic stern steering ice boats - "Wizzard", circa 1908 and "Cyclone", circa 1900. I also own 2 vintage DNs, "Leprechaun" and "Shamrock" - built in the late 50s, as well as a Lake Hopatcong skate sail, circa 1950.
Secretary of Hudson River Ice Yacht Club & unofficial club historian. I own 2 classic stern steering ice boats - "Wizzard", circa 1908 and "Cyclone", circa 1900. I also own 2 vintage DNs, "Leprechaun" and "Shamrock" - built in the late 50s, as well as a Lake Hopatcong skate sail, circa 1950.

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Frank Drake corresponded frequently with Ray Ruge in the 1940s and 1950s. Many of these letters are in the Ruge collection at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Here (writing in 1950), Captain Drake outlines his recollection of the last Ice Yacht Challenge P...

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Old Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant documents turn up in Jersey...
I went and visited with an old friend and fellow ice yacht historian - Greg Strand - down near Red Bank in April. Greg has been sailing A boats since the late 60s and has had a hand in acquiring, restoring and sailing dozens of big stern steerers over the y...

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snowed in...
More coming Sunday....

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Happy Super Bowl
Compare ice on Super Bowl Sunday this year: Compare to ice in 2010:  First sails of ice yacht  Orion.  Vixen sails as well... https://youtu.be/xhiwTQir1Xc

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Last sailing before the thaw...
Classic sunny day on the ice. Teasing breezes that gets you and the boat a couple hundred yards out of the pits; then it dies. You're then pushing the boat back in.  You keep getting sucked in. But you never know. About 2:00 a stiff breeze came up for 20 - ...

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Whirlwinds...
After the rain  & several days in the 50s, ice at a local Hudson Valley Lake managed to hold on and Friday night's cold firmed up ice and, just as important,  the mud in the front yard.   Whirwinds  I, II, and III, L-R. There was a harmonic convergence of  ...

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Winter. Ice. Snow. Cold. and the Nothing....
Our friend Ben recently recited this Wallace Stevens poem at an assembly at my school. Felt it was fitting for today. Happy New Year! The Snow Man Related Poem Content Details BY  WALLACE STEVENS One must have a mind of winter  To regard the frost and the b...

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Hawk set up on the eve of a New Year....
We met this morning at the Wallace Center, at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, to once again set up FDR's personal ice yacht Hawk. This is the 3rd time we have had the privilege to work with the National Park Service to display FDR's ice yacht. It will be on d...

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Happy Holidays All!! and, Current conditions------------------>
Fair Winds & Smooth Ice in the New Year! ! (Victorian Christmas Greetings, circa late - 1800s.  These images are taken from John A. Roosevelt's ice boat scrapbook.)

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Ice Boating Art & Illustrations
Through the years I've come across more beautiful paintings and illustrations of ice yachting scenes. Magazine covers, book covers, calendars, and more. A collection of images follow....   cover illustration 1900 H. Percy Ashley's sketch, for Rudder Magazin...
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