Ray left us way too early. I never met him, getting involved in this sport about 7 years later. His collected archives are housed at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston NY. It is a valuable trove of the history of the sport.
There is a lot more to Ray's life and recollections of readers would be most welcome. If you get a chance, make an appointment at the Museum to look through his archives. It is worth a few hours to immerse yourself in history of the sport.
some images from his life...
|Ray took to the ice early. An undated photo (circa 1920) with his mom.|
|Ray founded the Hudson-Highland Ice boat club. |
They sailed out of Piermont on the west side of the Hudson.
|Ray was affiliated with the Orange Lake Ice Yacht Club. |
That club's roots went back to 1889.
Here he is at their 1939 awards dinner. (Ray 3rd from left)
|I believe this was at the EIYA race in 1970 at Croton. sitting on the plank of Ariel.|
|Ray raced actively throughout the late 30s and 1940s. |
He captured many C class races aboard his bow steerer Charette.
|Racing on Orange Lake, NY, 1939. C-1 is Ray's boat Charette.|
|"Ice Chips" was a column on winter sports - mainly ice boating, |
that Ray wrote for a local paper in the 40s.
He was always trying to bring new folks into the world of ice yachting.
|His beloved Charette, getting ready for shipment to the NYS Museum in Albany, 1975.|
It was on display there for many years; It is in storage at this time.
|The EIYA was a member association of ice yacht clubs in the northeast.|
Member clubs were from NJ, Long Island, upstate NY, CT. Ray was instrumental in the establishment of the EIYA.
EIYA pretty much ceased to exist in the late 1990s.
|Puff. Irving Grinnel's old yacht, circa 1870. Ray got a group of Hudson Valley sailors|
to restore and sail Puff in the mid 1960s. He located her in the old Grinnel Barns in New Hamburgh.
|Ray aboard Charette.|
|Ray wrote regularly on ice-boating in Yachting magazine.|
|Icicle was the first bow steerer that Ray built. anyone know where this lake is?|
Early video footage of Ray Ruge sailing. Thanks to Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club in ME, for finding and uploading this.