Rowing weekend at Maritime Museum

Special guest “Sephira,” the musical ark, a St. Ayles Skiff strung with wires, will be on hand to be played like a harp. Supposedly the acoustic thrumming attracts sea creatures like whales.
Special guest “Sephira,” the musical ark, a St. Ayles Skiff strung with wires, will be on hand to be played like a harp. Supposedly the acoustic thrumming attracts sea creatures like whales.

Rowing weekend is July 12-13 at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Rowing teams and the general public are invited for this special two-day event. The Museum is open from 10am-5pm and activities are included with admission (Challenge Race fee includes Museum admission for two). Relax, visit the exhibits, talk with the staff and volunteers, and enjoy a spectacular two days on the lake, it’s fun for all ages. Bring your non-motorized boat to row or paddle in Sunday’s Challenge Race, or just come to watch the fun.

Saturday July 12: 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 one 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 the surrounding area will be provided. Registration at 9am; Race starts at 10am.

Sunday July 13: Lake Champlain Challenge Race

This is a race for all ages. Bring your own non-motorized boat, kayak, or canoe to row or paddle in this three-mile race across the lake. Registration fee of $22 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. No pre-registration required.
Register or find more information at www.lcmm.org/education/rowing.html, contact Nick Patch nickp@lcmm.org or call (802) 475-2022 ext. 113.