Greg Stafford of Monroe received the rower of the year award at Come Boating!’s recent annual meeting.

He was honored for his enthusiasm as a new rower, his participation on all Come Boating!’s winning race teams in 2010, his willingness to train as a coxswain, and his dedication to coxing many of the community rows during the summer and fall, said Liz Fitzsimmons of the club.

Stafford will train through the winter with other Come Boating! racers to participate in the annual Snow Row in Hull, Mass. in March.

Reports at Come Boating!’s annual meeting documented a successful year of community rowing and sailing in Belfast Harbor. The Cornish gigs Selkie and Belle Fast made 263 trips with 1,411 rowers on the morning and late afternoon community rows.

The coxes were Wes Reddick, Greg Stafford, Joanne Moesswilde, Ellen Sinclair, Liz Townsend, Roy Rodgers, Chris Gordon, John Arrison, Malcolm Gater, David Demere, Tara Demere, Mary Eads and Rick Fitzsimmons.

The youth rowing program, begun in 2009 by David Demere and Cameron Jack, grew strong in 2010, with two boats going out every Tuesday afternoon into October with rowers ages 8 to 15. Youth rower Rowan Walauski of Belfast coxed many of the rows.

ComeBoating! started a new community sailing program this year, which met with an enthusiastic response, Liz Fitzsimmons said. Several times a week volunteer skippers took up to four participants at a time out in its Drascomb sailboat. In 41 sails around the harbor, the program served 104 individuals. Skippers were Norman Shultz, Richard Mann, Scott Odell, Jeff Smith, Chris Gordon, Joanne Moesswilde, Tom Jamieson, Cecil Mckenzie and Capt. Chuck Batty.

Community sails and rows are offered to the public at no charge. Come Boating! also offers opportunities to row during local maritime events such as the Camden Windjammer Festival.

Come Boating! racers took first place in the 2010 Snow Row, the Gloucester Marine Heritage Race, and the Come Boating! regatta, which attracted several teams from Massachusetts. In October ,Come Boating! hosted several rowers from Cornwall, England, where gig rowing originated; Belfast rowers raced them down the  Passagassawakeag River, but, not unexpectedly, did not prevail.

New board members elected at the annual meeting are Jonathan Fulford, Susan Higgins, Cecile McKenzie, Normal Schultz and Greg Stafford. Officers for 2010 are Jonathan Fulford, president; Chris Gordon, vice president; Liz Fitzsimmons, secretary; and Marnie Reeve, treasurer.

Come Boating!’s website,, has Information about Come Boating! activities and membership as well as photos from races.

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