2017 Regatta Press Release


Come Boating! Hosts 17th Annual Regatta

Belfast, Maine – August 3, 2017. On Saturday, August 19th, ComeBoating! (CB!) will host its 17th annual Regatta on the Belfast waterfront. The race, open to 6 and 4 oared boats, and all other rowed or paddled vessels, will cover a course of 4.0 nautical miles. Youth races and impromptu skirmish matches between willing boats are likely to follow the celebratory potluck and awards ceremony. Currently CB! anticipates a record number of entrants, especially among pilot gigs. Thus far they expect gigs from Westport, MA’s Team Dharma, Gloucester Gig Rowers, Mass Bay Open Water Rowing team, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, not to mention 3 strong home teams! Other craft from Station Maine, of Rockland, and Isleford Boatworks are also expected. The race will begin at 10 a.m., with in-person sign up required between 8 and 9 a.m. Online registration is available on the CB! website before August 16th.

The Regatta is hosted and generously supported by Belfast’s annual Harbor Fest. During this 3-day festival, Belfast celebrates its boating traditions with the National Boat Building Challenge, Cardboard Boat Challenge, tours of the Front Street Shipyard, and a Classic Boat Show. Music, dance, food and drink will be plentiful, along with kid’s activities and a Habitat for Humanity Lobster Gala to benefit Habitat Waldo County. There will also be a pancake breakfast, 5k Bug Run/Walk, and Rotary Charity Gala.

For more information on Come Boating! visit www.comeboating.org– or better yet, come for a row! Community rows go out every day, including the weekend of the Regatta. To learn more about Harbor Fest, visit www.belfastharborfest.com.

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