WOLFEBORO — The New Hampshire Boat Museum's 2013 Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta is one of Wolfeboro's most popular and unique events. For those attending there are a number of special opportunities to view the heats and even participate. The Regatta brings vintage race boats from throughout the U.S. and Canada to recreate race boating from an earlier age. The event will be held on September 13 and 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Wolfeboro Town Docks.
In addition to watching the heats for free from the Wolfeboro Town Docks, there are a number of ways to watch the heats up close from the water. Those wanting to get right into the action may do so with a cruise on the Winnipesaukee Belle. For a small donation of $12 per person, guests may enjoy watching the race boats while on board the Winnipesaukee Belle, a 70-foot replica turn-of-the-century paddle boat. A special lunch cruise will be offered for $30 per person which includes a buffet and the cruise.
The Belle cruises will depart from the Town Docks at approximately 9:20, 11:10 (lunch cruise), and 1:20. There is an additional 2:40 cruise on Saturday. The Winnipesaukee Belle cruises are donated by the Wolfeboro Inn.
Those who are feeling adventurous, for a donation of $100-$500 can take a ride in a demonstration heat on the course in a vintage race boat with a vintage race boat driver. This ride of a lifetime will be available on five boats which include Jersey Skiff speed boats, triple cockpits, and Gold Cup racers. The rides will take place when there is a break in the action on Friday and Saturday, at approximately 12:25, 12:55 and 3:55, weather permitting. Racing life jackets and helmets are mandatory and will be supplied.
During the Regatta, tickets for the Winnipesaukee Belle and the Vintage Race Boat Rides are available at Regatta Registration Booth at Cate Park (Wolfeboro Town Docks) during the event – look for the "Boat Rides" sign.
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 may do so on the Regatta section of the Museum's website at www.nhbm.org or by calling 569-4554.
This year's Regatta is 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.
Thrilling race boat rides are available at the Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta. (Courtesy photo)