Sunday, February 18, 2007

Iceboating in the Bronx

Last month, we were celebrating global warming while we sailed off the shores of Coney Island in 72-degree weather. Today, up in the Bronx, ice boating would have been more appropriate.

While Shackleton may not have found the conditions daunting, the frozen water and biting winds off City Island made for a less than hospitable environment, particularly for the few boats that are stored in the water during the winter months. Ice wreaks havoc on a boat: it can burst pipes and cause structural cracks in the hull. For that reason, most boaters in the Northeast store their boats out of the water during the winter months.

While the weather was nasty, City Island was eerily beautiful in her winter desolation and well worth the visit.

More images are available at the Sail Brooklyn Flickr Page.

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