ROCKET sails for the first time in 100 years. (Picture borrowed from John Sperr's Hudson River Ice Yacht website)
The cold winter put about 20" of ice on many miles of the Hudson River north of the Rhinecliff Bridge (Kingston NY). A week ago they had a large gathering of these graceful old yachts. John's website gives a comprehensive look at these wonderful craft. John has links to Glen Burger's video which provides a nice look at the boats in motion. Dan Clapp's video: ROCKET Launch, provides a great virtual ride.
As of March 10 the ice was deteriorating rapidly and the boats are off the ice. If we are lucky we will see have another cold winter soon. While you are on John's site, check out the Coast Guard Ice Flight pictures. They give an interesting perspective on the ice and sailing on big tidal rivers with shipping traffic.
Click here for some excellent photos from Henry Bossett.