Come Boating!, Belfast’s community boating organization, held its 12th annual regatta Aug. 18 under cloudy skies, with a threat of rain.

In the morning rowing regatta, Come Boating! raced against the Cape Ann Rowing Club from Gloucester, Mass., in the Pilot Gig Class, and three singles competed in the Small Craft class. The afternoon sailing regatta was the third event in the Maine Laser Championship races.

The three-mile rowing race included a Come Boating!’ men’s crew in the Belle Fast and a women’s crew in the Selkie. Gloucester sent two mixed crews of men and women. Due to the make up of the visiting crews a handicap system was employed, with the Belle Fast starting 5 minutes after the other boats.

First across the finish line were the Belfast women, followed closely by the Gannett from Gloucester, Come Boating!’s men, and Gloucester’s Siren Song. Times were: Belle Fast, 27:56; Selkie, 32:23; Gannett, 32:15, and Siren Song, 36:00.

Come Boating!’s crews were Marnie Reeve, Wiola Shaw, Sally Faulkner, Monica, Piccinini, Willy Reddick and Amy Grant in the Selkie, with Chris Gordon as cox, and Matthew Scala, Aaron Bauman, Ethan Shaw, John Dillenbeck, Jim Bahoosh and Greg Stafford in the Belle Fast, with long-time youth rower Rowan Walauski as cox.

The three small craft included a sliding seat shell, rowed by Danny Guiod; an Adirondack guide boat, rowed by Sumner Roberts; and a Tom Day Whitehall rowing boat, rowed by Cipperly Good. Guiod crossed the finish line first, with a time of 34:30, followed by Roberts in 36:18, and Good, with a time of 45:32.

A crowd cheered the rowers from Steamboat Landing, where Harbor Festival activities were taking place.

Six Lasers competed in the sailing regatta, a disappointing number, according to organizer Tom Jamieson. “The forecast was not good, with winds of 0-5 mph out of the southeast, so that kept the numbers down, “ he said.

In reality, the wind was 0-5 mph out of the west.

The regatta committee of Jeffrey Mabee, Jamieson, Dennis Trefey, and Paul Brown managed to squeeze off three windward leeward races before the wind shut down completely. Unfortunately, by the time the boats were towed back to the dock the skies cleared and sea breeze kicked in from the southeast at 10 mph.

The sailing regatta was won by Hank Thornburn of Harpswell, followed by last year’s champion, David Frazier of Danby, Conn., in second, and Colin Gowland of Belfast in third. Other competitors included Jim DaSilva of Lynn, Mass., George Hazelton of Rockport, and Joseph Giblin of Marblehead, Mass., who sailed the first and only Laser Radial in the regatta.

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