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Iceboats on Mecox Bay

January 22nd, 2013

It’s wintertime and the cold weather has arrived. Although last winter was quite mild, I am sure many of you can recollect those prior years when January was frigid. I remember when I was in high school and we cherished that deep freeze. All my friends would gather at the local golf course and go ice skating. In New York where I grew up, most of the skaters were not very talented, but everyone had fun.

A few years ago in Bridgehampton I went to see if Mecox Bay had frozen over. It certainly had; but instead of skaters there were Ice Boats. These colorful contraptions are a cross between a sled and a sailboat.

Colorful Iceboats

Mecox Bay is a small body of water between Bridgehampton and Water Mill. It’s a very picturesque setting that abuts the beach on the Atlantic Ocean with the periphery dotted with magnificent homes.

The Blade Runner

You would think that these boats were gearing up for the National championships with the fanciest of equipment. But no, it was just a cold day and people were showing off their toys.

Iceboat Fan

Even though the weather was freezing, plenty of people came out to enjoy the spectacle. Although many fans were enthusiastic, the “best fan” goes to the chap above in the red plaid jacket.

Enjoy winter!


6 Responses to “Iceboats on Mecox Bay”

  1. Paul says:

    Great sport. Need that hot buttered rum at the end of the day.


  2. John G says:

    Great post – and with frigid weather for the next several days we may see a return of the elusive iceboats!

  3. Dan says:

    The next winter Olympics sport!

  4. Diane Clapp says:

    Looks like great fun! I would love to try one.

  5. Betty Larson says:

    Living in almost always sunny Santa Barbara, these are awesome pictures and I would love to see the iceboats in person. Yes, I agree it would be a great winter Olympic sport addition.

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