WOLFEBORO — The New Hampshire Boat Museum is preparing for its 8th biennial Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta to be held on Wolfeboro Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14. This two-day event is filled with thrilling spectacle of vintage triple cockpits, outboards, Gold Cup racers, skiffs, and hydroplanes running in heats around a one-mile course from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Wolfeboro Regatta is regarded as one of the best venues on the vintage race boat circuit. Race crews are signed up to attend from as far away as Michigan, Florida, Mississippi and Canada. It is anticipated that over 40 crews will be present this year.
This year's Regatta is generously sponsored by the following museum supporters: Citizen's Bank, Shep Brown's Boat Basin, Watermark Construction, the Alton Bay Yacht Club, the J. Willard Marriott Jr. Foundation, Coco Engineering, Bradley Hardware, Lakes Region Restoration, Avery Insurance, NAPA - Wolfeboro Auto Parts, HK Powersports, Wolfeboro Car Wash and Executive Detail, Knight Security, Brock's Lumber, Sal's Advanced Automotive, Three Sisters' Country Store, and two anonymous donors. In-kind support is being provided by the Wolfeboro Inn, Dive Winnipesaukee, Andrews Marine Service and Reliable Crane Service.
There is no charge to watch the heats from the docks. For those wishing to view the action up close from the water, the Winnipesaukee Belle is offering rides departing at approximately 9:20 a.m., 11:10 a.m., and 1:20 p.m. There will be an additional tour at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday. The cost for these water tours are $12 per person. The special 11:10 a.m. two-hour lunch cruise cost is $30 per person, which includes a lunch buffet and beverages.
Evening receptions and dinners with the drivers and crews are open to the public. The events include a Thursday, September 12 cook-out at the Wolfetrap Grill and Raw Bar; a Friday, September 13 reception at the New Hampshire Boat Museum; and a Saturday, September 14 Awards Banquet at the Wolfeboro Inn. Those wishing to sign up for any of these evening events or wish to make reservations for the Winnipesaukee Belle cruises by going on-line at www.nhbm.org or call the Museum at 569-4554