Saturday, February 24, 2024

Saturday in Stockbridge; amazing sailing!


Inaugural Friendship Pennant Race, Stockbridge Bowl, 2/24/24.  Mostly D class stern steerers ( ~200 sq ft sail) 7 boats lined up. 2 from HRIYC, 5 from NSIBYC.  Steve Foster takes the 3 lap race in his speedy D boat "Nifty"

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Sailing Stockbridge Bowl 2/18/24 - 2/19

February 19 

I've mentioned the newest boat in the Club, young William's "foldable stern steerer". if you were wondering what that is about, here we have it as we packed it up today....

 Plank & folded frame. 

That's the "backbone" (frame?)- tongue & groove boards fill in the cockpit. All fits on the roof racks of a standard small car. 

Here's how it looks under sail. 

 Stockbridge Bowl Feb 18, 2024. 

Brian's Maine boat - a solid stern steerer 1920s?;  Emilie & Hal's Puff, circa 1870;   several Arrows and Dns;  William's Small stern Steerer.  Great day, Great wind, a small crowd checking out sailing craft on this lake - fascinated & many first time rides. 

Rigging  ice yacht Puff -  Hudson River Ice Yacht. Built circa 1870, New Hamburgh, NY by Irving Grinnell.  Grinnell founded the New Hamburgh Ice Yacht Club in 1869.  He also created the Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant of America. 

Reid & Ricky sail off on Puff. 

More sailing on Monday...

Sailing Stockbridge Bowl February 17

 A beautiful small lake in the Berkshires.  Stockbridge Bowl, just north of Stockbridge was the only good ice within a relatively short drive from the mid Hudson Region. 

A few boats sailed this weekend. Frank Wall had his Arrow. William debuted his small foldable stern Steerer. This came from the Rusty Welchman collection that Bob Wills acquired several years back. It seeemed to sail around Greenwood Lake in the 1940s, I believe. William's friend Linden set up a DN. 

Emilie & Hal are planning on bringing Puff up today. 

First sail on the foldable.  A friend of Frank's welded a tiller post and steering chock.
An inch or so fell overnight Friday to Saturday. Brisk winds kept the boats moving.  We shared the ice with skaters & several groups of ice fishing folk. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Valentines Day... Sailing up north this weekend??


It looks like the best chance for ice sailing will again be north  at Sacandaga Lake.  The ice will build more with 2-3 more nights of cold. There may be boats heading there from both Red Bank NJ and the HRIYC.  Launch site still being determined. It won't be at Lanzi's restaurant.  Thursday's snow may put a big damper, depending on how much they get there.  We'll know more Friday morning. 

Here's a look at the brief visit last winter, almost to the day!  Sacandaga Ice

Friday, January 19, 2024

All Hands on deck!

 That's one way to adjust the peak block after you've already stepped the mast.....            (Orange Lake 2015?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            photo courtesy John Sperr 

Friday Jan 19  No sailing yet. See conditions link, upper right of this page.