2004-01-30 / Community

N-Ice Day For ‘Boating’ On A Frozen Bay

N-Ice Day For ‘Boating’ On A Frozen Bay


It’s not every winter that the conditions on Jamaica Bay make for smooth iceboating. It takes the right ice – not too soft, and not covered in loose snow, and the right wind – about 18-30 miles per hour will do, according to Broad Channel resident Dan Mundy, who has iceboated on the bay for more than three decades. Mundy and his brothers Bill and Thomas and his nephew, Eric, took to the ice last Saturday. Here, Mundy speeds along on the iceboat he built more than 30 years ago. The boat takes about an hour to rig.It’s not every winter that the conditions on Jamaica Bay make for smooth iceboating. It takes the right ice – not too soft, and not covered in loose snow, and the right wind – about 18-30 miles per hour will do, according to Broad Channel resident Dan Mundy, who has iceboated on the bay for more than three decades. Mundy and his brothers Bill and Thomas and his nephew, Eric, took to the ice last Saturday. Here, Mundy speeds along on the iceboat he built more than 30 years ago. The boat takes about an hour to rig.
Bill Mundy, 77, takes the helm of the iceboat.Bill Mundy, 77, takes the helm of the iceboat.Eric, Dan and Thomas stand in front of the iceboat, on the west side of Broad Channel.Eric, Dan and Thomas stand in front of the iceboat, on the west side of Broad Channel.

With the right conditions Mundy says you can reach speeds of about 60 miles per hour.With the right conditions Mundy says you can reach speeds of about 60 miles per hour.

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