ON THE GREEN: SAILING INTO THE COLD

Gelid temperatures for the past week gave members of the Red Bank-based North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club, and a mom-assisted young skater, a solid surface on which to play New Year’s Day.

With a National Weather Service  forecast of temperatures remaining below freezing through Sunday, that playground atop the Navesink River is expected to strengthen, setting the stage for iceboat racing this weekend, club Commodore Steve Foster tells redbankgreen.

Here’s the extended forecast, which includes up to two inches of snow Wednesday and Thursday.

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IT’S COLD OUT

5 degrees 010714Actually, colder than the screen grab at right indicated. According to the Weather Channel, the wind-chill factor took it down to 16 degrees below zero shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday, and it’s not expected to get appreciably warmer throughout the day, with a high around 15 degrees but winds keeping it in the teens – below-zero teens. (Click to enlarge)

A NICE AFTERNOON ON ICE

navesink-ice1Avid ice men Rick Pier, left, and Peter Wright prep Wright’s ice boat Tuesday afternoon for a little  frolicking on the frozen Navesink River in Red Bank. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Days like these don’t come around often, when you can get up close and personal with the Navesink River. On foot.

About a dozen bundled men, and a dog, took advantage of the recent cold weather’s effect on the Navesink and took a stroll out on the river Tuesday afternoon off the pier at Monmouth Boat Club and the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club.

“This is great. I’ve been looking forward to this,” said Peter Wright, who was spraying WD-40 on his 1930s-design ice boat in preps for an afternoon race with some fellow revelers. There’s a makeshift course just beyond the dock, he said.

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