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


"I enclose two copies of prints enlarged from a Kodak, showing me at the helm of the ice yacht HAWK. I suggest that you have
this framed and hung on the wall over the spars. It can be labeled 'FDR at helm of ice yacht HAWK off Roosevelt Point, 1905'."
Photo and quoted text courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, New York.


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 - 735 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
Brian Reid's Iceboating Blog

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 MMXVIII