NH Vintage Race Boat Event Scheduled

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The New Hampshire Boat Museum is preparing for its 7th biennial Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta to be held on Wolfeboro Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee September 16 and 17.

“Boating history is being made when these vintage boats run their heats,” stated Regatta Race Director Bill John who, along with NHBM Chair Hank Why, leads a team of over 100 volunteers to put on the Regatta. Thousands of volunteer hours go into planning this major event held every other year on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro Bay, with preparations starting two years in advance.

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“This 7th Wolfeboro Regatta is a major stop on the American Power Boat Association Vintage Race Boat Circuit,” commented Gerri Prusko, Volunteer Registration Coordinator. “Race crews come from all over the East Coast and Canada to participate and we are expecting over 40 crews this year.”

Since its inception, the event has been expanded to include four full days of activities for the race crews and three days of activities for spectators. The heats will occur on Friday and Saturday, when over 40 vintage race boats will run demonstration laps on a 1-mile oval course on the bay.

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The public is invited to see and hear these boats run up close and personal at the Wolfeboro Town Docks during the days. View the action from the water on board the Winnipesaukee Belle ($10 per person) with refreshments available; rides will be at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For those more adventurous, rides on individual race boats will be available ($100 per person). For the ride of a lifetime, special arrangements can be made to ride on one of the featured race boats—a 2-seater Lauterbach Hydroplane—for a donation of $500 to the Museum.

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Dinners with the drivers and crews are open to the public ($40 per person) beginning at 6:00 p.m.: Friday night at the Wolfeboro Inn, at which there will be an auction of race boat-related items and a signed Drivers Poster, and Saturday night at WolfeCatch. Purchase your tickets to these social events by contacting the Museum at (603-569-4554).

This well-planned event requires much coordination and collaboration with the American Power Boat Association, State of New Hampshire Marine Patrol, Town of Wolfeboro and the support of the community.

Volunteers are needed.

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