High school rowers vie in Massachusetts

HULL, Mass. — On Saturday, March 1, nine Vermont youth and adult rowing teams traveled to Hull, Mass., as part of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Champlain Longboats program to participate in the Snow Row, a three-and-a-half-mile rowing race in outer Boston Harbor, sponsored by the Hull Lifesaving Museum. Eighty-six boats from around New England participated, including nine built by high school students at LCMM.
The temperature at race time was in the low 20s, with sunny skies and winds blowing 10 to 12 knots.
“The Snow Row is one of the most challenging of all races that Vermont teams participate in,” said Nick Patch, who directs the Champlain Longboats program. “To be there and compete is a major accomplishment.”
The universal smiles on the faces of the rowing teams made clear that they were rightfully proud of their effort.
“We took a record number of boats to the race,” commented rower Lisa Percival. “Probably close to 70-80 Vermonters went down either to race, drive boats or cheer.”
Vergennes middle and high school youth rowing teams placed second and third in the youth six-oar amateur division with times of 51:09 and 52:04; they also earned third place in the youth professional six-oared division with a time of 42:48.
Mount Abraham Union middle and high school rowing teams placed first in the youth six-oar amateur division with a time of 45:19. The LCMM adult community rowers placed third in the adult four-oar amateur division with a time of 48:46. The Vergennes High School Alumni team placed first in the mixed youth and adult four-oar professional division.

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