Come Boating! Launch Day May 21 to feature rowing, sailing yard sale

Participants prepare for a community row in the Cornish gig “Belle Fast.”
Photo Courtesy of Come Boating
Participants prepare for a community row in the Cornish gig “Belle Fast.”
Posted May 16, 2011, at 5:12 p.m.
 A row gets under way on Come Boating!’s Launch Day last year.
Photo Courtesy of Come Boating
A row gets under way on Come Boating!’s Launch Day last year.

BELFAST — Come Boating! will kick off its 11th season on Saturday, May 21, with activities that highlight its community boating activities.  Come Boating! volunteers will be at the organization’s boat shed near the Belfast Public Landing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving free hot dogs and lemonade and providing information about its free community rows and sails, youth rowing program, and opportunities to become a coxswain or skipper.

Trained coxswains and skippers will be on hand to take visitors out for a row on the e harbor in a six-oar, 32-foot Cornish pilot gig or for a sail on the Drascomb sailboat.

An “All Things Nautical” Yard Sale will take place near the boat shed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It will feature boating gear and accessories as well as nautical books, art, and collectibles.  Several boats will be for sale, including a Walker Bay 8 with sailing rig and oars, a fiberglass Middlepath Skua 16-foot rowing boat with trailer, and a Force Five sailboat.  All proceeds from the sale will benefit Come Boating!.

The rain date for Launch Day and the nautical yard sale will be Sunday, May 22.

Regularly scheduled community rows, which are held nearly every morning and late afternoon during the summer, will begin in early June.  Community sails will be offered several times a week.        Participants must sign up in advance at the Come Boating! boat shed.  No previous experience is required.

Come Boating! is seeking experienced sailors to skipper the Drascomb this summer as well as new coxswains, who do not need to have previous rowing experience.  Training will be provided.

More information about Come Boating! is available at www.comeboating.org or by calling  338-0774.

 

 

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