Event of the Week: Winnipesaukee Vintage Race Boat Regatta
September 15, 2017
The New Hampshire Boat Museum will hold its 10th biennial Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta on Wolfeboro Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee today and tomorrow.
The 2-day event will be filled with the thrilling spectacle of vintage triple cockpits, outboards, Gold Cup racers, skiffs, and hydroplanes running heats around a one-mile course.
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 south Florida and western Canada. It is anticipated that over 40 crews will be present this year.
Since its inception, the event has expanded to include daytime and evening activities for the race crews and public. The heats will occur on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 – 5:00, with over 40 vintage race boats performing demonstration laps on a one-mile oval course on the Bay. The public is invited to see and hear these boats run from the Wolfeboro Town Docks during these days. 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 will be offering rides throughout the day. The cost for these water tours are $12 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Regatta on the Town Docks.
For those more adventurous, many of the race boat drivers are donating rides on their race boats with the proceeds going to the NH Boat Museum. The cost for these charity rides will range from $100-$300 depending on the chosen boat. To view the boats which are giving charity rides, visit the Regatta section of the Museum’s website at nhbm.org.
Those attending the Regatta will also be given the opportunity to view the crew staging area also known as the Hot Pits. This secured area will be open to the public only between heats, but will allow spectators the opportunity to meet drivers and crew and see the boats up close.
This year’s Race Boat Regatta is sponsored by Bradley’s Hardware, Coco Engineering, Alton Bay Yacht Club, NAPA Auto Parts – Wolfeboro, Danna’s Collision Repair, J. Clifton Avery Insurance, HK Powersport in Hooksett, Bayside Concrete, Brock’s Building Supply, B&B Service Center, Rochester Toyota, Advantage Construction, Knight Security, Kenneth A. Lane Master Electrician, Ramsey Plumbing & Heating, Sal’s Advanced Auto, and Wolfeboro Car Wash & Executive Detail.
In-kind sponsors are assisting the Race Boat Regatta including Reliable Crane Service, Andrew’s Marine Service/Lake Tow, Corinthian Yacht Club, Wolfetrap Grill and Rawbar, Watermark Marine Supply, Stark Creative, Three Sisters’ Country Store, The Wolfeboro Inn, Jo Greens, Dive Winnipesaukee, J.C. Signs, and Carrier’s Construction.