You may have seen some younger faces in the racing gigs lately. The regularly scheduled Youth Row has been increasingly popular, to the point that ComeBoating! was finally able to assemble a youth racing team.
On Saturday, September 30th, CB hosted youth teams from Little Cranberry Island and Station Maine in Rockland for a series of three half-mile sprints from beach to Boat House. Each team swapped boats between sprints and combined times to establish placings. Our CB team took first, followed by Station Maine and then Little Cranberry. The triumphant teams celebrated with a potluck afterwards and are already planning to make these races an annual occurrence. Stay tuned!
On October 7th, the youth crew also embarked on a jaunt to Vermont for the popular James Wakefield Rescue Row. This race, traditionally held in Burlington, was moved to Vergennes due to high wind conditions. Weather did not dampen the enthusiastic participation of more than 23 high school teams from across Vermont. Maine was represented by teams from North Haven, Station Maine, and of course CB from Belfast.
The race was divided into two segments, starting with a half mile straight sprint and followed by a mile-long course. In the first sprint, the CB crew were last in their heat, but in the second sprint they rallied and led from the start, finishing about 40 seconds ahead of the next boat! In a field of eight vessels, the CB team took a very respectable fourth place. Out of 140 racers, that’s something to cheer for!
The other Maine teams also gave it their all and placed well: North Haven took third place in the Novice category, and Station Maine took third in the Intermediate category.
Congratulations to all the Maine youth racers for their inspiring performance! We look forward to seeing you on many a race course in the years ahead.