The National Boatbuilding Challenge is returning to Belfast on Aug. 17, 2013 during the Belfast Harbor Fest, sponsored by the Belfast Rotary Club.
The competition was a huge success in Belfast in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and has been held in South Carolina for the past 22 years.
The challenge involves two-person teams building a 12-foot wooden skiff in under four hours and followed by a rowing race. Teams are judged on how quickly they complete construction, the quality of the craftsmanship and their speed on the water in the two-man relay rowing race.
The rules are simple: Teams of two compete to build a wooden boat in under 4 hours
Power and hand tools may be used, but not pnuematic tools
All materials are provided except for oars (which must be handmade, and the transom, which may be glued but not cut)
All teams are provided with the plans ahead of time
At the end of 4 hours the boats are judged on completeness and quality of craftsmanship
Then the builders must have enough faith in their work to get into the boat and compete in a relay race in the harbor
For the $150 entry fee, each team receives plans and building materials, a workspace and competes for a first-place, second place and third place tropheys and prizes. Scholarships are available.
Teams provide their own tools, worktables and oars, which can be made before hand.
In the past teams have been comprised of professional boatbuilders, amateur boatbuilders, and never-before boatbuilders. We have had brothers, brothers-in-law, and spouses compete. Some have finished, many have not.
The competition will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 at Steamboat Landing in Belfast.
The Belfast Harbor Fest is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Belfast, Maine. Proceeds fund charitable projects including scholarships for Waldo County high school students, food pantries, the 100 Fund supplying clothing and toys to needy children, and Polio Plus, eliminating polio throughout the world. We thank you for your participation!