The ice boating community has been seizing on the opportunity sail on frozen area waterways.
Ice sailors are cruising the Navesink River this weekend, according to a recording on the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club‘s “iceline.”
Further south along the Barnegat Bay and Toms River, they’ve been at it for over a week.
On the Navesink River, it’s a tradition dating back to the late 19th century.
The North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club’s recording states that racing commenced Saturday.
Since 1880, the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club has maintained a clubhouse on the river, containing not just its sailing fleet, but also “historical data, photographs and memorabilia under one roof, which is on open display for all members and guests to enjoy,” the club’s website notes. “In many ways we are the Ice Boat Mecca!”
Read more about the club here. Ice condition updates are available by dialing (732) 747-5665.