February 8, 2009; trying to remember these winters past...
We had 2 good weekends in Athens, NY ( Greene County), on the Hudson River.
This was the last 2 days, though there was a boat or 2 that stayed the following Monday.
There were ~20 boats out that weekend, about a dozen stern steerers and an equal amount of bow steerers.
There was VERY lively racing of iceboats between clubs in Athens and Hudson as far back as the 1880s. see end of post for a few articles.
|Ariel, Ice Queen|
|Hound, loaded up|
|Boats from HRIYC and Red Bank|
Now Then & reflection...
Hound, heading east toward the island in the River
that separates the city of Hudson on the east shore
and Athens on the west shore.
February 1883 article: "This is business, not wind..."
1881 news article:
"There are about 100 ice yachts on the Hudson River, worth in all about $7000."