Come Boating! Regatta provides rowing fun for allBelle Fast, Malcolm G among fastest times
Belfast — Come Boating! held its 14th annual Regatta Saturday, Aug. 16, as part of the fifth annual Belfast Rotary's Harbor Fest.
In addition to three Belfast Pilot Gigs, there were five other Gigs which hailed from Massachusetts, including Hull Lifesaving Museum, Gloucester Gig Rowers, Team Saquish and Shipman of Dartmouth. Various other small boats included Adirondack Guide boats, canoes, dories and kayaks.
The boats took off from the starting line in four groups in a staggered start, with the smaller boats in the first two, and the gigs in the last two groups. The 3.6-mile course began off the Belfast town dock, out to the "Monument," across to the City Park, and finished by the Boathouse Park gazebo.
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A sunny day with light winds led to fast times, with two course records for the mixed and women's pilot gig teams.
Best time overall was the Belfast mixed team in the Belle Fast, living up to its name with a time of 32:26, followed by the Belfast men's team in the Malcolm G with a time of 32:46.
Hull Lifesaving Museum in the Windrose was third overall with a time of 34:20, after a great battle with the Belfast women's team in the Selkie, which had a time of 34:28.
The mixed Masters boat, the Gannett, from Gloucester came in with a time of 36:19.
The gigs were joined by other boats including Sumner Roberts in his Adirondack Guide boat with a time of 40:00, Terry Wescott and Justin Varney in their tandem canoe close behind with a time of 40:31 and Roberta Mclain in an outrigger canoe at 44:07.
Other boats included George Hill in an Adirondack Guide boat, Wes and Willy Reddick in their two-person Gunning dory Margalo, Richard Wills in a Swampscot dory and Charlie Daniels, Susan Daniels, and Janet Holmes in single kayaks.
Come Boating! is a community based, non-profit organization dedicated to giving everyone the chance to experience the beautiful waters of the Belfast bay in one of our three Cornish Pilot Gigs. There are rows offered every day of the week for every experience level and there is no cost. For more information, visit the boat shed located at the Belfast landing, or go online at comeboating.org.
Team names and participants:
Bell Fast (Come Boating!, Belfast, ME): Liegh Dorsey, Edith Gawler, Bennett Konesni, Jim Bahoosh, Eric Mathews, Tanya Lubansky, and cox Linda Hurley.
Malcom G (Come Boating!, Belfast, ME): John Dillenbeck, Geir Gaseidnes, Kevin Brown, Ethan Shaw, Gergory Stafford, David Cuberly, and cox Rowan Walauski.
Windrose (Hull Lifesaving Museum, Hull, MA): Michelle Conlon, Phil Ricci, Nol Bloomenthal, Steve Oeschger, Kristen Schlapp, George Hamilton, and cox Karyn Strauss
Selkie (Come Boating!, Belfast, ME): Monica Piccinini, Amy Grant, Anne Halley, Tracy Cunning, Wiola Shaw, Susan Orsato, and cox Rick Fitzsimmons.
Siren Song (Gloucester Gig Rowers, Gloucester, MA): Julia Brotherton, Suzyn Ornstein, Steve Yost, Michael Leviseur, Ed Leviseur, Marty Rodweller, and cox Suzanne Clerkin.
Shipman (Shipman of Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA): Joe Reis, Marieke Reis-Visser, Dan Georgianna, Nancy Quintin, Stacie Noble-Shriver, Kyffin Dolliver, and cox Roy Rodgers.
Gannett (Gloucester Gig Rowers, Gloucester, MA): Peter Begley, Ted Cakounes, Bill Helmuth, John Lazarus, MarthaLazarus, Tom Pearce, and cox Bonnie Bruger.
Mike Jenness, Sr (Team Saquish, Plymouth, MA): Jim Brennan, DavidChartier, Deb Eaton, Karin Kaczorowski, Ron Rege, Stacey Zito, and cox Lauren Chartier.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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