Lost track of this group picture...
at Rokeby, Barrytown-on-Hudson
|Ariel, Ice Queen|
|Hound, loaded up|
|Boats from HRIYC and Red Bank|
Now Then & reflection...
|Set up in a snowy yard in front of Back Bar on Warren Street.|
|A-frame jig essential to step the mast (with just 4 of us)|
|Mast up... managed to find most all the parts ( few diamond stays were missing)|
|Roof curl off the BackBar...|
|Moon shines over Rip Van Winkle during annual Winter Walk in Hudson.|
Have to say the Rip was the most impressive sight up & down the length
of Warren Street. The hundreds of revelers that stopped by in amazement seemed to agree,
|Galatea, displayed in 2017 at Winter Walk. |
Right behind that big mainsail is the entrance to
Back Bar - great spot for a beer...
Rip Van Winkle is even bigger than Galatea, with a length of 40 '. We pulled it out of the barns at Rokeby,
in Barrytown, needing every hand we could find. Lots of dust to brush off and parts to find.
Rip Van Winkle has been in the Aldrich family since the 1930's.
It was built by Ricky Aldrich's cousin Victor Livingston around 1920.
Lots more on Rip and other Rokeby ice yachts here.
Nice long cockpit ( ~8'), but it is quite narrow at same time. Tight fit when piloting.
along the Hudson at Rokeby about 15 years ago.
Planks loaded & ready to head to Hudson. Rip plank is accompanied by perhaps the oldest and most historic
plank of all - from the ice yacht Sappho.
"The Athens Boat" Sappho (A. Whiting, owner, skipper) is from 1870, maybe earlier. It has a long recorded history of racing against Hudson ice yachts, as well as sailing down to Poughkeepsie to race Icicle & others. Sappho will get her own post some day...
Sappho's Plank has been stored at Rokeby, on its way back to Hudson to be stored with the backbone.
While pulling out boats from Rokeby barns, you are steeped in the largest ( and perhaps filthiest) collections of historic yachts anywhere.
Planks, and more planks ... and a vintage Yankee (for sale actually)
to be continued...
|A little vodka keeps the watercolors flowing on the brush! Makes sense!|
|Sunday, March 3. No wind in the afternoon. |
Nice to be on the ice after 101 degrees in Melbourne just 48 hours earlier.
|Reid chases a teasing breeze. 2 days earlier he gave many rides to friends and lake residents.|
It was noted that locals hadn't seen an iceboat on the lake in over 50 years.
|Next weekend will be awesome!|