Charles Wysocki created his own interpretation of early ice yachting racing in the picture ICE RAIDERS ON CHESAPEAKE BAY.
"For some reason, the daring sport of ice yachting has received very little national notoriety, despite the fact that it has been recognized as a sport in the United States for nearly 70 years. Once I had researched the subject, painting this scene became a pleasant obsession.
"The development of the ice boat itself is still in what some consider the experimental stage, and handling an ice boat is an art rather than an exact science. The rig scheme depicted here, from the late 1800's, are some very progressive versions of designs by early ice boat sailors. Since the construction of these boats were whims of the innovative builders, I felt free to invent my own crafts. As a contrast to the adventuresome, high-speed ice riding sailors, I included groups participating in less daring pursuits. These ice boaters were considered heroes in their own way, but I am content to be an observer."
-- Charles Wysocki
Know anyone who likes to race their yacht across the frozen sea?
This print is signed and numbered with a certificate of authenticity and comes in an unframed image size of 34" x 17".