Preview: James Wakefield Rescue Row on Lake Champlain

James Wakefield Rescue Row on Lake Champlain

Saturday, Oct 13, saw a fleet of boats and a flock of high school athletes gathered at the Burlington Boat House for the “James Wakefield Rescue Row”, the annual Lake Champlain youth rowing championship hosted by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.  Rowers represented five Vermont high schools, three Maine-based programs (North Haven, Vinalhave, and Rockland), and the Hull Lifesaving Museum in Massachusetts.  Three classes competed: novice, intermediate and experienced, and each crew rowed two races, a ¾ mile sprint, and a 1-1/2 mile loop around a leg of the Burlington harbor breakwater.  Times for the two heats were combined for an overall time and subsequent honors.  The final heat of the day was a messabout, a tradition of Champlain Longboats director Nick Patch. Boats were filled with randomly selected crews for a final sprint.

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