Daniel V. Asay

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Daniel V. Asay's iceboat Gull

Daniel V. Asay (June 26, 1847 – May 2, 1930) was an iceboat racer.[1][2] He claimed to be the oldest ice yacht sailor in the world.[3] His ice boat Gull competed in more races than any other in its class.[4]


He was born on June 26, 1847 in Wrightstown, New Jersey to Edward Parker Asay (1819–1892) and Hannah Van Note (1817–1879).[5] He married Sarah E. Bowman (1843–1896) and after her death married Mary Long (1865–1926).[2][5] He designed, and sailed his iceboats along the frozen Shrewsbury River.

He died on May 2, 1930 in Red Bank, New Jersey.[2]


  1. ^ "North Shrewsbury River Filled with Skaters, Yachts, and Tangoers". New York Times. February 22, 1914. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  2. ^ a b c "Death of Daniel Asay. Mr. Asay Was in His 83d Year and He Had Lived at Red Bank Nearly All His Life. Death Was Due to a General Breakdown". Red Bank Register. May 7, 1930. Retrieved 2010-08-10. Mr. Asay was born at Wrightstown, a son of the late Edward P. and Hannah VanNote Asay. He came to Red Bank with his parents eighty years ago and he had lived here ever since. He was a mason contractor. For many years he owned and sailed Zero, one of the champion iceboats of the North Shrewsbury ice boat and yacht club, of which he was a member. He owned several race horses and drove his own racers in events at Red Bank and Long Branch. He was a member of the Red Bank American Mechanics lodge. ... 
  3. ^ "Interest Centres in Race for Championship of North America.". New York Times. December 25, 1914. Retrieved 2010-08-10. The latter owner claims the distinction of being the oldest ice yacht sailor in the world 
  4. ^ "Cold Weather Lends Activity to This Winter Sport. Larchmont Yacht Club Members Enjoy the Fun. Racing at Clubs on the Hudson and Shrewsbury Rivers". New York Times. December 27, 1903. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Daniel V. Asay". Findagrave. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 

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