(Read Frank Drake's letter about his memories of that race, in a letter he wrote to Ray Ruge in 1950)
Scout is winner in iceboat race (NYT 2/9/1922, and Poughkeepsie Eagle)
￼￼Sailing 10 miles to windward and ten to leeward over a twenty-mile course near here (Poughkeepsie)
on the Hudson River today, in the first of three races for the Ice Yacht Challenge Pennnat of America, the Scout, defender of the pennant now held by the New Hamburgh Ice Yacht Club, crossed the line the winner. The time was 1:03:10.
The Vixen, the lateen-rigged challenger, owned by Joseph Jova of the Chelsea Yacht Club, floundered in the wind, which was dead to windward, and finished fifth.
The masterly sailing of Scout by F.V. Drake in the windward breeze brought the defender across the finish line within three minutes of the record for this course for boats of sail expanse of 350 square feet.
Sailing conditions were ideal for today's race, the ice being hard and the wind directly north, with only an occasional squall.
Scout, owned by J.L. Millard, sailed by Captain Frank Drake, first
Ymir, Owned by R.W. Stuart, sailed by Frank Cleary, second
Arrow, owned by C.W, Weeks, third;
Wizard, Owned by William J. Workman, sailed by Charlie Merrit, fourth;
Vixen, owned by Joseph Jova, fifth. Time - 1:03:10
A second race was scheduled for the next day. According to a Feb 10 article in the Poughkeepsie Eagle, the second race was postponed as there was not enough wind;
|Vixen, sailing off of Poughkeepsie, 1889. |
She has sailed in Challenge Pennant races in 1883, and 1922.
|Ymir, on the Shrewsbury Feb. 12, 2000|
|Cockpit of the Ymir.|
|Arrow of the HRIYC 1888. 369 sq ft of sail; this may be the Arrow of the 1922 Pennant race.|
Interestingly, according to an article in the Poughkeepsie Eagle, 3 of these same yachts raced each other ten years earlier - Feb 28, 1912. In this 10 mile race, off New Hamburgh, the finish order was:
Vixen, sailed by Capt. William Albertson of the steamer Mary Powell;
Scout, sailed by Capt. Frank Drake, owner Jake Millard handling the sheets.
Wizard, sailed by Capt. Preston LeRoy, owner Wm. Workman on the sheets;