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On the rocks? 'Ice yachts' sail cold Hudson River

March 7, 2014
Associated Press

BARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — This year's frigid winter has created excellent conditions for ice sailing on the Hudson River in New York.

More than a dozen boats hit the ice last weekend on a wide stretch of the river about 100 miles north of New York City. Among them were two reconditioned 19th-century ice yachts, made of heavy lumber and fitted with tall sails.

The ice sailors were the rare Northeasterners who welcomed the polar vortex.

The crews navigated a 20-mile patch of sailable ice on the river near Poughkeepsie, recalling a winter tradition that once brought thousands of people out to watch ice boats race.

John Sperr of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club says the mission is to keep the old yachts going instead of sitting in silence in a museum.

 
 

 

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