Frosty weather can’t slow down the Otter Creek Challenge 2019

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By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director On Saturday, November 9, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Champlain Longboats program held its annual Otter Creek Challenge youth rowing race at the Vergennes Basin just below Vergennes Falls. The race had been scheduled for November 2, but we had a record-breaking rain event two days before the race date that made Otter Creek inaccessible …

2019 Otter Creek Challenge

2018 Otter Creek Challenge Rowing Race

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Saturday, November 3rd was a bone-chilling, yet heart-warming day for 142 youth rowers from Chittenden and Addison who participated in the “Otter Creek Challenge”, a three mile rowing race on Otter Creek. It was 40 degrees and pouring rain at race time but rowers were fired up to go. The course starts at the Vergennes Basin on Otter Creek just …

Captain’s Log, Part 8

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With the Oocher in an Albany repair shop to have her outboard motor’s carburetor overhauled, we headed north for Waterford on September 28th, again without her services. No matter. We were in tidal water, so that when we got underway from the floating dock at Rensselaer, we could just let the flood tide swing the schooner’s stern off the dock; …

Vergennes: 1812: Welcome Home

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by Art Cohn As we planned the 2012 -1812 interpretive program and refined the ambitious tour schedule designed to bring the causes of the War of 1812 and the first season’s story to communities around the region, we realized we had an opportunity to conclude the program with a “Welcome Home” event at Vergennes. Vergennes is one of our “homeport” …

Past and Present Meet on the Lois McClure in Shoreham

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by Dawn Saunders September 3, 2011 My experiences with Otter Creek have, up to now, been limited to kayaking and canoeing the placid and lightly traveled waterway between Cornwall and Middlebury, far above the falls.  Those paddles have always recharged me, providing in certain bends away from fields and roads a sense of near-instant transportation in time or place to …

Hurricane Watch

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by Tom Larsen August 28, 2011 Leaving Essex early in the morning, we were graced with glorious weather that would allow us to make our final preparations for hurricane Irene.  The trip from Essex to Vergennes was a short 12 mile transit.  Seven of those miles were up the Otter Creek, which is always a glorious trip.  It’s a totally …