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Come Boating! offers Winter Adventure Series

Jan 10, 2020
Photo by: Drew Malcolm Presenters Leigh Dorsey and Dameon Colbry on their Race to Alaska.

Belfast — Come Boating!, Belfast’s community boating organization, and the Belfast Free Library are teaming up once again to offer four evening programs about adventures on the water in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

The Winter Adventure Series begins Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m. with an illustrated talk by Leigh Dorsey and Dameon Colbry about their amazing Race to Alaska.

In June 2019, Dorsey and Colbry rowed a two-person sliding seat rowboat 750 miles from Port Townsend, Wash. to Ketchikan, Alaska. They were the only solely human-powered team to compete in 2019’s Race to Alaska, an annual event with one basic rule: no motors allowed. Most teams choose to harness the power of the wind; this team chose to propel themselves every inch of the way under their own power, camping each night in a new place along the untamed coast of beautiful British Columbia.

The Winter Adventure Series continues Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. with Jonathan Fulford offering a talk and slide show on his recent four-month trip sailing to the tip of Labrador and back.

On Tuesday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m., there is a screening of the film "Maiden" — the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round The World Sailing Race in 1989.

And finally on Tuesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m., Doug Welch, executive director of The Maine Island Trail Association, will show his “To Row and Let Go” film. Join Welch as he takes up ocean rowing, builds a boat at the legendary Wooden Boat School, and explores 34 islands on the Maine Island Trail.

These programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 339-3884, ext.10.

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