There has been a bit of buzz lately about the Belfast Rowing Gigs which have been featured in the past couple of days in the BDN. And with a news spot done by Bill Green of Bill Green’s Maine.
I know this because on a warm evening about 10 days ago we took a boat ride to cool off. And there he was with his camera crew, rowing his little heart out in The Belle Fast. Of course I didn’t think to video them , videoing them, which would have been cool.
Here’s a link to the episode……
Back to my story… last summer I was at the waterfront enjoying the Harbor Fest that included small boat building and a rowing regatta.
Here is the blog post that I did back then…
Rowing Regatta and National Boat Building Challenge Belfast
My hometown of Belfast had another fine activity this past weekend..The National Boat Building Challenge..
As the name states..the concept is simple:
” Teams of two build the same skiff design. They are graded on time of build, quality of workmanship, and speed on the water against each other. These are real boats and the competition is open to all, housing contractors, plumbing inspectors, paper-pushers, professional wooden boat builders, and general lay-abouts.”
So I decided to check out the contest. Now I’m not sure if I missed most of the action or if there was a small turnout this year but I only saw 2 or 3 boats being built under the tent and no finished products. Perhaps they were undergoing sea trials and were displayed on Sunday ..
There was also a rowing regatta with a half dozen entries..The boats, or Cornish rowing gigs, have a crew of 6 rowers and a coxswain and are roughly 30 feet long. There were also 2 gigs that had an all female crew. There were 2 teams from Belfast, 3 teams from Plymouth MA, a team from Gloucester MA and a team from Buzzard’s Bay. Call it home field advantage if you will, but the gig “Belle Fast” came in first , a full 20 seconds over a gig from Plymouth and the Belfast women’s gig beat out the arch rival women’s gig from Plymouth.
I’ve got to hand it to the organizers of this event and the other summer events in the “olde town” this summer..they sure have had Belfast buzzin’!
These gigs were pushing off from area that the old Boston / Eastern Steamboat Wharf was located..sadly the deteriorated, broken down pilings are all that remain..
End of post. ..August 23, 2011
So in less than three weeks, August 17th to 19th to be exact, the Belfast Harbor Fest will be back and I am anxiously looking forward to enjoying the activities. And of course there will be a posting of my take on the goings on.
Until then here is a link to the HarborFest web page.