MORE than 100 years ago, people regularly congregated at the Hudson River for winter entertainment and recreation. It was not uncommon to see thousands of people gather on the frozen river for carnivals of music, dancing, food, skating and, most thrilling, ice yacht races. The enthusiasm for the sport a century ago is not surprising, given that the boats could reach speeds well above that of the trains running along the river.
The sepia-toned era of winter sports on the Hudson is largely dead, not because of advances in home entertainment or newer extreme sports, but mainly because of a pattern of warmer winters, the river simply doesn't freeze over as often or as deeply as it once did. The long seasons of yesteryear, with dozens of ice yachts and large crowds of onlookers, has turned into the occasional weekend outing, with a small but dedicated group of enthusiasts keeping history alive. Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times. February 12, 2009.
For information about current ice boating on the Hudson River go to these websites:
White Wings and Black Ice here.
Hudson River Ice Yacht Preservation Trust website here
The following photos were taken at Barrytown, NY, near the Rokeby Estate on March 2, 2014. Photos by Joan F. Mayer.
Tugboat and Barge Traffic in the channel on the west side of the Hudson River. Photos by Joan F. Mayer.
The following photos were taken of the Hudson River near Barrytown, NY on February 8, 2003. Photos by Joan F Mayer
The video below is from the YouTube channel of Hudson River Ice Yacht Club member Glen Burger at:: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqStQRB0uvQ53M2a0XKQrCw
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