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On Saturday October 13th more than 125 athletes from local High Schools and Middle Schools and as far as the coast of Maine will meet at the Burlington waterfront for Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s annual youth rowing race. The James Wakefield Rescue Row is named after the man who courageously rescued the passengers and crew of canal schooner General Butler in December 1876 when it crashed into the Burlington breakwater during a fierce winter gale.
The race will include 20 crews rowing 32-foot long boats in a series of heats along the Burlington Waterfront. Participating Vermont schools include Burlington High School, South Burlington High School, Vergennes Middle and High School, Champlain Valley Union High School and Mt. Abe High School. Races will begin at 9:30 at the Burlington Community Boat House at the foot of College Street. These colorful boats were built by Vermont High School and Middle School students at the Maritime Museum.
Photos of a previous James Wakefield Rescue Row are available at http://www.lcmm.org/museum_info/press_room/press_images/press_images_special_events.htm .
See numbers 6, 8, 10. Double-click on thumbnail to download high resolution image.
Credit: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Buzz Kuhns