“Our rowing family keeps growing, season by season, school by school, and race by race” --- Emily Morton, Champlain Longboats Program Alumnus
Rowing for Racing
Champlain Longboats Launch Day - May 21 , 2015, 11am
LCMM’s on-water season officially begins with the launching of the new pilot gig. This beautiful watercraft is built at the LCMM Boat Shop from January to May by students and staff from the Diversified Occupations Program of the Patricia Hannaford Career Center in LCMM's innovative Champlain Longboats Program. Student boat builders lead an on-water “parade” of student-built pilot gigs (starting at 11am) and speak about their experiences. The public is welcome to attend. Reception to follow.
Spring Wave - May 30, 2015
Champlain Longboats' annual youth rowing event on Lake Champlain attracts over 100 youth rowers from Vermont and New England. A series of three timed races highlight the day. The races culminate with the “mess-about” where teams mix up their crews randomly in an exercise of social and maritime skills. Everyone is a winner at this exciting day on the water! Crews must sign up in advance.
- Registration Information:
- Time: 8-9am
- Location: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, VT 05491
- Fee: $20
- Contact Nick Patch for details: (802) 475-2022 x113 or email@example.com.
- Race Information:
- Time: Beginning immediately after registration.
- Location: Button Bay Fishing access just south of Button Bay State Park. Please park at the museum and take our shuttle bus, as parking is limited.
- Awards Ceremony: At LCMM, after races completed, between 1-2pm.
- Weather Plan: We have back-up race sites in the event of high winds. Any changes to venue will be made on Friday May 29th.
Contact Nick Patch for details: (802) 475-2022 x113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rowing Weekend -- July 11-12, 2015
We invite rowing teams to come for the entire weekend! We hope you will relax at the museum, visit our exhibits, talk with our staff and volunteers, and enjoy a spectacular two days on the lake.
Saturday July 11: St. Ayles Skiff Racing
This light-hearted race of St. Ayles Skiffs starts at the museum's North Harbor and heads across the lake, approximately 1 mile. Rowers will rest (maybe even swim!) before racing back to North Harbor. The skiffs may be joined by other boats, including LCMM's six-oared Cornish pilot gigs. Gigs will be available to teams on a first-come basis, and may be used for rowers who want to switch boats across the lake. There is no fee for this race.
After the race, rowers will have the opportunity for informal rowing and exploring on the lake. The museum’s fleet of skiffs and gigs will be available on a first-come basis; maps of the lake and surrounding area provided. Registration at 9am; Race Starts at 10am.
Information & Registration: Nick Patch (802) 475-2022 x113 - email@example.com.
Sunday July 12: Lake Champlain Challenge Race
For all ages of boaters! Just watch, or join the fun. Bring your own non-motorized boat, kayak, or canoe to row or paddle in this three-mile race across the lake. Registration fee admits two to the museum. Registration at 9:30am; Race starts at 11am. LCMM's Community Rowers will offer a free buffet lunch for all rowing participants.
Registration: No pre-registration required.
Fee: $25, includes museum admission and two tickets for guest spectators;
$20 for LCMM Members.
Information: Nick Patch (802) 475-2022 x113 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Wakefield Rescue Row
October 10, 2015
On December 9th, 1876, the crew of the canal schooner General Butler was stranded atop the breakwater in Burlington, VT, after their boat sank during a terrible winter storm. They were rescued by James Wakefield and his son, who rowed out to save them. Every year, the Champlain Longboats program commemorates this heroic event with a youth rowing race on Lake Champlain, traditionally held in Burlington, VT; over one hundred participants! Races begin at 9:30am.
Contact Nick Patch at (802) 475-2022 x113 or email@example.com for details.
Head of the Weir
October TBD, 2015
Sponsored by the Hull Lifesaving Museum, “Head of the Weir” is a rowing race that starts in a marshy wetland at the head of the Weir River and meanders 5.5 miles through numerous bends in the river to the open waters of Boston Harbor finishing at Windmill point at the end of the peninsula that reaches well out into Boston Harbor.
The Icebreaker: Northeast Regional Youth Open Water Rowing Championships
November TBD, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Windmill Point Boathouse
185 Main Street, Hull, MA
Come be inspired! Watch and cheer as the best youth open-water rowers in New England - from New York City, New Haven, Avery Point, Boston Harbor, Cape Cod, Plymouth, Lake Champlain, and Maine's Mid-coast, Rockland, North Haven, and Vinalhaven - compete for the coveted "Key to the Harbor." The day offers unequaled opportunities to watch over 250 young people give everything they've got during a day of non-stop round-robin style racing, inspirational athletics, and sportsmanship. Racers include tiny middle-schoolers, varsity-level seniors, and everything between. This event is by invitation only; pre-registration is required. More race information is available at the Hull Lifesaving Museum. Spectators Free
Information: Ed McCabe firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-925-5433.