Copyright John A. Sperr

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


Lake effect snow squalls moving through the Northern Catskills dissipate in the river valley.
photo Copyright Glen Burger, February, 1994
Sailing my favorite ice yacht, Spider, on the Hudson River at Germantown, NY



Current Conditions & Sailing Activity

October 2014

Refurbishing of the Rip Van Winkle is underway

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Woodstock Film Festival

Against the Wind

directed by
Tomasz Gubernat, Christopher Nostrand

"Against The Wind follows a handful of practitioners of the almost forgotten sport as they take advantage of one of the coldest winters the Hudson River Valley has seen in decades. These yachters are intent on taking full advantage of one of the deepest, longest ice sheets on the Hudson in years, knowing they might not see its like again anytime soon."

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Woodstock Playhouse Friday, October 17, 2014  12 noon

Upstate Films Rhinebeck Saturday, October 18, 2014  2:15 pm


Current Conditions & Sailing Activity



Jack Frost and large ocean going tug -- Click to jump to Current Conditions and Weather Page
photo Copyright Glen Burger, February, 1994
Hudson River Sailing Activity, News, Pictures, and Weather Links

Salvage tug Atlantic Salvor (6,480 HP) breaking 24" of ice while
Jack Frost (50' LOA - 600 sq. ft.) looks for wind off North Germantown Landing

1887 Pennant Race -- (900 kilobytes)

Reprint from F.D.R. Library (Roosevelt Museum) via Brian Reid

Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant of America
1887 Photo of Racers Ready on the Line


"Ice Yachts and Ice Yachting"

H. Percy Ashley -- Rudder Magazine, 1896

colorized and annotated

"Ice-Yachting on the Hudson"

Charles H. Farnham -- Scribners Monthly, August 1881




How to Build an Ice-Yacht"

Charles H. Farnham -- Scribners Monthly, September 1881


Links to other Iceboating Interest Groups

International DN Association (IDNIYRA) North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club
New England Ice Yacht Association Long Branch Ice Boat and Yacht Club
Saratoga Lake Ice Report Western Connecticut Ice Yacht & Social Club
Elk Lake Michigan Iceboat Events & News International Nite Class Association
Yahoo Iceboat Group IDNIYRA Bulletin Boards
IDNIYRA Europe Swedish Ice Sailing Federation
Minnesota Iceboating Association
British Ice Sailing Website
Grand Traverse Ice Yacht Club Erie Yacht Club
Connecticut Ice Yacht Club Chickawaukee Ice Boaters Club of Maine
South Bay Scooter Club Toledo Ice Yacht Club
West Michigan Ice Yacht Club Nova Ice Yacht Club
South Side Ice Yacht Club Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club
Lake Ronkonkoma Ice Boat & Yacht Club International Monotype-XV Ice Yacht Racing Assoc.
Sodus Bay Ice Boat Club Irondequoit Bay Ice Boat Club (585) 234-2030

Hudson River Maritime Museum

Rocket Ice Yacht Restoration Project

Iceboat Launch Site Directory for the Eastern US

Buckhout's Tool Box
White Wings and Black Ice

photo Copyright Mary Dynes
Fleet on Tivoli Bay

Email John Sperr


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 the day has to offer.       ŠJohn A. Sperr MMXIV