Harbor Fest sails into Belfast waterfront

By Tanya Mitchell | Aug 21, 2012
Photo by: Tanya Mitchell Sean Adams, in front, and Jerry Rackliff made up the team of "2nd Chance" at the National Boatbuilding Challenge Saturday, Aug. 18.

Belfast — A boat building race, maritime-related demonstrations and speakers, live music and a rain gutter regatta were just a few of the many events that drew visitors and locals to the waterfront over the weekend of Aug. 17-19.

The event is crafted around the National Boatbuilding Challenge, a competition that showcases both the talent and speed of two-person teams that must construct a 12-foot wooden skiff in a matter of hours. Once the vessels are completed, each of the teams haul the finished product to the water in the hopes it will float and make it across the finish line. This year's event featured the talents of six teams: Bile Builders, 2nd Chance, Us Girls, Flying Boat II, CMP and Two Lanes.

Team Flying Boat II sailed to victory after completing their vessel in two hours and 45 minutes.

The event kicked off with a launch party at Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. Friday night, and opened with a pancake breakfast and 5K race Saturday morning, after which the sawdust started flying at the National Boatbuilding Challenge.

Come Boating entertained spectators with the 11th annual regatta, which was ongoing throughout the day Saturday, as was a classic small boat show. Families took advantage of the many children's nautical activities, including model shipbuilding and a rain gutter regatta, where the youths were able to test float their handmade boats. Volunteers with Boy Scout Troop 27 and Cub Scout Pack 30, both based in Belfast, assisted youths with making their own rope.

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