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“Our rowing family keeps growing, season by season, school by school, and race by race” --- Emily Morton, Champlain Longboats Program Alumnus


Community Rowing
(Ages 18 and up)

The Community Rowing Club offers adult rowing every week May through October. Sign up to experience the beauty of Lake Champlain while getting a great physical work-out. Adult community teams also participate in regional rowing competitions. Only Members of LCMM are eligible to participate in Community Rowing. Your $60 Rowing Club fee allows you to join any of our weekly rows for the whole season.
Not sure if it's right for you? Just join us for a row!
Contact Karen Gallott at (802) 475-2022, ext 121 or

Rowing for Racing
(Ages 18 and up)

NEW! Just added to our program calendar for 2014. This is a separate rowing experience for adults with its own schedule and fees. Open to people with prior rowing experience. Rowing for Racing will meet weekly on Tuesday nights for 1.5 - 2 hours of strenuous rowing on Otter Creek. There will be several races in which rowers can participate, but racing is not a requirement. The overall emphasis is on strength training, rowing technique, and endurance. We're always looking for experienced coxswains!
Contact Lisa Percival at (802) 475-2022, (Mon or Thurs)

Youth Rowing
(Grade 7 and up)

Regional students come to the museum at Basin Harbor, the Falls at Vergennes on Otter Creek, or Burlington Harbor and learn to row as a team in our magnificent 32’ rowing boats. The primary focus is on team building, while exposing students to the cultural and natural history of the rich regional marine environment. Schools and youth programs can sign up for a one-time half-day session or join us for a full season of rowing, culminating in a regional gathering and race of boats and youth programs.
Contact Nick Patch at (802) 475-2022, ext 113 or



Rowing Events

Special Guest: Sephira, the Musical Ark,
a St. Ayles Skiff strung with wires to be played like a harp.
Supposedly the acoustic thrumming
attracts sea creatures like whales!

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 -

Sunday July 12: Lake Champlain Challenge Race

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: $22, includes museum admission and two tickets for guest spectators;
$18 for LCMM Members.

Information: Nick Patch (802) 475-2022 x113 -

James Wakefield Rescue Row October 17, 2009

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 for details.



Head of the Weir

October TBD, 2015
Hull, MA

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.


Otter Creek Challenge

Otter Creek Challenge

November 1, 2014
Vergennes Falls Park

Youth rowing crews from Chittenden and Addison Counties will race 2 ½ miles on Otter Creek, starting and finishing at Vergennes Falls. Registration begins at 9:00 and races will begin at 10AM.   Parking is limited so be prepared to park in Vergennes and walk down if the lot is full.

Information: Nick Patch (802) 475-2022 x113 -


The Icebreaker: Northeast Regional Youth Open Water Rowing Championships

Icebreaker in Hull, MA. Photo by connie Leung

Saturday, November 22, 2014 

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, 781-925-5433.




Prior Rowing Events:


Snow Row in Hull, MA (Youth & Adult)

Saturday March 1, 2014 This annual event is hosted by the Hull Lifesaving Museum in Hull, MA.

Champlain Longboats Launch Day

May 22 , 2014 11am

Champlain Longboats Gig Launch
LCMM’s on-water season officially begins with the launching of the new whaleboat for Mystic Seaport. 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. Then stay for And She Alone Remains; The Past, Present, and Future of Charles W. Morgan, an illustrated presentation by Matthew Stackpole of Mystic Seaport
Starts at 1:30pm. Free.


Spring Wave 2011

Spring Wave

Saturday May 31, 2014
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.  Call (802) 475-2022 x113 or email Nick Patch at for details and to register.

Maritime Museum Community Rowers Head to Scotland

Members of LCMM's Community Rowing Club will be heading to Ullapool, Scotland in early July, 2013 to participate in the inaugural St. Ayles Skiff World Championship. Over 30 Teams from Scotland, England, Tasmania, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United States are registered to participate in the week-long competition and community event. LCMM was invited to participate in this international competition as winners of the 2012 St. Ayles Championship held in Mystic, CT last June.

St. Ayles skiffs, or “Skiffies” are 4-person boats made for coastal rowing. Their design is based off of the Fair Isle Skiff, a generic form that is descended from the smaller Viking skiffs. LCMM has built two St. Ayles skiffs as part of its Champlain Longboats Program. The Longboats Program, initiated in 1999, is an innovative boat-building and rowing program that partners the Museum with regional schools and community organizations. The primary goal is to develop positive, healthy behavior in middle and high school students at a critical time in their lives by exposing them to the team- and self-esteem-building of boat building and rowing.

Keep track of their progress, and root them on!