Irondequoit Bay Winter Tour 2012

Here are 18 photos taken on Jan, 17, 2012 as I made one of  my solitary weekly Irondequoit Bay tours from outlet to inlet, this time from the land, instead of from my O’Day Javelin 14 sailboat.

Included are views of  Durand  Eastman Park, Lake Ontario, Mayer’s Marina, Newport YC, Newport Marina (former Newport House location),  Rochester Canoe Club, Fish & Game Club, Snyder’s Island, and a lonely, cold gull. In this warm winter, the Bay did not freeze over except in a few coves, and fishermen were absent.


Feel free to send these to anyone for educational,  non-commercial purposes, with attribution.

Leo Balandis, On the Bay since 1970.  Member, Rochester Canoe and Newport Yacht Clubs.

a Small Sailing World, and More

I went to the Finger Lakes Boating Museum show ( at Seneca Lake on 7/23, and saw a sailing canoe in use that looked like something that could have been built by RCC’s George Ruggles in 1890.

The owner Jim Gargiula said that it was a Peterboro built Canadien Model 16ft. long with 45 SF sail weighing 80 lbs. built in 1939-40. He bought it from Harry Bogdan at Yonkers Canoe Club (a competing club of RCC in 1890) in 1954, and he himself sailed/paddled it on Jamaica Bay out of Sebago Canoe Club (founded 1933) in Brooklyn. By coincidence, RCC member John Fortunato came from that club.

But the coincidence is much greater, as Jim and I discovered as we talked. He lived in the same area that I grew up in, though closer to Bensonhurst/Dyker Beach than Bay Ridge. He was in the Army 1963, (me 1953) and at Camp Gordon, as I was, and the Signal School at Fort Monmouth, as I was. And he met Werner Von Braun, the ex-Nazi rocket scientist at Redstone Arsenal, where I served.

I also had a good conversation with with Bill Oben, President of FLBM, and I have already sent him some RCC History, and have decided to join FLBM.

A small world, indeed.
Leo Balandis

A Farewell to Newport House on Irondequoit Bay

Newport House, the oldest business in Monroe County NY dating from 1840 , will be razed in the near future to make way for a new residential, marina, and clubhouse complex to be known as Newport Marine Club. Once known as New-Port House, it and former owner William H. Sours are a part of Rochester Canoe Club’s early history between 1881-1914. Sours was a member of RCC and built its first two clubhouses on the Bay in 1884 and 1886, the latter burning in 1913. He then turned over the business to his brother-in-law and son-in-law, Frederick and Warren Frost. RCC continues as the oldest continuous sailing club in the area (now without canoes) for 129 years. Continue reading A Farewell to Newport House on Irondequoit Bay

Iceboating on Irondequoit Bay

Iceboating was a natural extension of sailing at Irondequoit Bay Clubs after the sport arrived in New York in 1861 with the formation of the Poughkeepsie Ice Yacht Club on the Hudson River. Early Bay Clubs with conventional sailboats included Point Lookout (1868), Old Star (1872), Dodge (1871), Rochester Canoe (1881/1884 on Bay), Irondequoit Canoe (1895), Sawennishat (1903), located around Newport Point, where Newport House owner William Sours was a RCC member and sailing sponsor on both Continue reading Iceboating on Irondequoit Bay

The Olde Lighthouse

A true story
To Members of Newport Yacht Club, et al.
Many old (and new) members don’t know about the old lighthouse that existed on Irondequoit Bay at our site many years before we bought it (when it was known as the Birds & Worms Hotel) and of the efforts of the Club to save it through the years. This information has only recently come to light through the revelations of an ancient member who has agreed to come forth on condition of Continue reading The Olde Lighthouse

Online with Aqua-Sno

Aqua-Sno is a private waterski club based out of Irondequoit Bay in Rochester NY.  There is a slalom ski course at the very south end of the bay, along with a floating raft that the club maintains.  Being a part of the Rochester community for over 50 years the club promotes safe skiing in a family environment.

Today we are bringing the information, pictures, and history of the Aqua-Sno Skiers online for the rest of the world to share in.

the Irondequoit Bay water ski club