I was raised in one of six look-alike old farm houses on a shady village road paralleling the river a couple miles east of it.* We lived in the second from the south and the head of the family in the north-most house was a sailor. He owned and raced a Lightning at the Nyack Boat Club located across the Tappan Zee Bridge maybe 15 minutes drive from home.
When I was old enough to sail but not yet old enough to drive, this neighbor had me crew his boat as spinnaker man. I liked the responsibility and did the job pretty well, but didn't enjoy the pre- and post-race club socializing (grown-up stuff) and came to realize that the Hudson's breezes were unreliable in the extreme. After a few drifters on hot summer days I grew increasingly ready to beg off when he called and by the time I could drive pretty much gave up that little adventure.
Though a bit disillusioned about racing my appreciation of the river and its familiar landmarks remained strong. As I said yesterday, it was a privilege to have been brought up right then, right there.
This image via Google Terrain shows the wide Tappan Zee section of the Hudson (after which the bridge got its name). The boat club is located in South Nyack just north of the west landing of the bridge.
View Tappan Zee in a larger map
Here are some relevant photos and other images:
Hudson 400 links
- Robert Juet's Journal of Hudson's 1609 Voyage from NYT
- Juet's Journal of Hudson's 1609 Voyage from the New Netherland Museum
- Hudson River entry in wikipedia
- Hudson River 400 web site
- Henry Hudson 400 Interactive Map
- Henry Hudson 400 Timeline
- New York 400 web site
- The Hudson, 400 Years Later an editorial in the New York Times, June 8, 2009
* I made a brief history of our experience of the village for a family reunion a few years back: see Briarcliff History for some old photos and a few maps.