RED BANK, NJ: The North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club (NSIB&YC), held their annual Christmas party last week outdoors, observing rules for the pandemic.

A number of hearty souls enjoyed themselves outside the club that was a BYOE – Bring Your Own Everything!

An assortment of meats was cooked on the outside grill and members imbibed on their own libations as several awards were handed out.

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To watch a video for the blessing of the fleet by the Reverend Bob Hrasna , click HERE.

As always, talk turned the upcoming season and hoping for a cold blast from the north comes soon.

“Our Christmas Party was a blast. This year we decided to have the party outside during the day. Everyone had a great time. We were even blessed with a layer of ice on the Navesink River. Hoping this is a good sign for this season," said Kevin Anderson, Commodore of the NSIBYC.

For safe iceboating, the river needs temperatures of around zero degrees for a week – at least 3 inches for the smaller (Icebergs) and 6+inches for the largest (A boats).

Organized in 1880, and celebrating its 140th year, it is the longest standing active iceboat club in the world that has its own clubhouse. 

An iceboat was the first man-made vehicle to be clocked at over 100 mph.  A rule of thumb is that an iceboat will accelerate to 3 to 4 times the speed of the wind. 

Do the math. 

The NSIB&YC restored the “Rocket” almost from scratch.  This magnificent 50-foot, gaff rigged, Class One Ice Yacht was relaunched on March 1, 2014, on the Hudson River.

To watch a very cool video of her initial sailing, click HERE.

Think ice.

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