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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

The Community Rowing Club at Basin Harbor LCMM location offers adult rowing every Thursday evening May through October. Sign up to experience the beauty of Lake Champlain and Otter Creek while getting a great physical work­out. Adult community teams may also participate in regional rowing competitions. Your $150.00 rowing club dues ($130.00 for current LCMM members) allows you to join any of our weekly rows for the whole season. Rowers also have the option of paying $10.00 ($8.00 for current LCMM members) for a one-day club membership instead of seasonal club dues. Not sure if it's right for you? Just join us for your first row-no club membership fees needed. Contact Lisa Percival at (802) 475­ 2022,

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Rowing for Racing

Rowing for Racing at Basin Harbor LCMM location offers adult rowing every Tuesday evening May through October. This is a separate rowing experience for adults who are interested in a more aggressive workout. Your $150.00 Rowing for Racing club dues ($130.00 for current LCMM members) allows you to join any of our weekly Rowing for Racing rows for the whole season. Rowers also have the option of paying $10.00 ($8.00 for current LCMM members) for a one-day club membership instead of seasonal club dues. Rowing for Racing is open to people with prior rowing experience. The overall emphasis is on strength training, rowing technique, and endurance, rowing for 1 ½ to 2 hours per night on either Lake Champlain or Otter Creek. There will be several races in which rowers can participate, but racing is not a requirement. We're always looking for experienced coxswains! Contact Lisa Percival at (802) 475­2022,

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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: 2017

Champlain Longboats Launch Day, May 25th, 2017

Champlain Longboats Gig Launch

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 20, 2017

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. 

Contact Nick Patch for details: (802) 475-2022 x113 or

Experienced six-oar division:    

1st place               Vergennes: 15:43

2nd palce              Rice High School: 16:44

Experienced four-oar division:

1st place               Vergennes: 14:49

2nd place              Sound School Connecticut: 15:09

3rd place              Harbor School New York: 16:07

4th place              Mt. Abraham: 16:15

Intermediate six-oar division

1st Place              Vergennes: 15:38

2nd place              CVU High School: 17:06

3rd place              Mt. Abraham: 17:20

4th place              South Burlington: 17:55

Intermediate four-oar division

1st place               Harbor School New York: 15:56

2nd place              Sound School Connecticutt: 17:05

3rd place              Station Maine: 18:58

Novice six-oar division

1st place               Bulington High School: 17:19

2nd place              Mt Abraham Middle and High School: 18:07

Vergennes Middle and High School: 18:53    

CVU High School:19:04

Rice High School: 23:32

Novice four-oar division

1st place               Sound School Connecticut: 16:09

2nd place              Sound School Connecticutt: 17:03

3rd place              Harbor School New York: 18:55

4th place              Harbor School New York: 19:00

5th place              Vergennes Middle and High School: 19:13

6th place              Rice High School: 23:05



Rowing Weekend -- July 8-9, 2017

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 8: 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 -
Pre-registration Link

Lake Champlain Challenge Race
Sunday July 9: 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. LCMM gigs are available for teams of 4 or 6, first come, first served. Please contact Nick Patch for availability. 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 -
Pre-registration Link


James Wakefield Rescue Row October 17, 2009

James Wakefield Rescue Row

October 7, 2017

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.


Otter Creek Challenge

November 4th

Youth Race- registration at 9AM Race at 10:00 Location: Vergennes Basin Town Park