Rowing in the Icebreaker

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Champlain Longboats Program traveled to the Northeast Regional Youth Open-Water Championships in Boston Harbor this weekend. Over 90 students from Vergennes Middle and High School, Champlain Valley Union High School, Burlington High School, and South Burlington High School traveled to compete in this annual gathering of over 200 youth rowers from around the Northeast.

The weather was amazing and our Vermont kids were extraordinary.

Vergennes won first, second and third place in the Novice middle school six-oared division, first place and second place in the intermediate six-oar division and third place in the Experienced six-oar division. South Burlington came in third place in the Intermediate six-oared division and eighth in the intermediate six-oar division. Champlain Valley Union High School came in third and fourth place in the intermediate six-oar division and Burlington High School came in first in the experienced six-oar division and ninth in the intermediate six –oar division.

In the Novice Middle School distance challenge Vergennes Middle school six-oar boats came in first, second and third. In the Novice High School Distance Challenge South Burlington High school came in first and third place and Burlington High School came in second place.

In the Nautical Mile Race Intermediate Division Champlain Valley Union High School came in fourth and sixth place, Vergennes came in first and fifth place, South Burlington High School came in third and Burlington High School came in first place and eighth place.

It was an amazing day on the Boston waterfront and all of the Vermont rowers no matter how they placed  made us proud to have them be part of the Champlain Longboats rowing community.

New AmeriCorps Members Begin Service at LCMM

Today we will meet Roz, one of LCMM’s three new AmeriCorps Members beginning a year of service with LCMM.

Hello, my name is Roz Wilcox, I am from rural Washington state, surrounded by mountains and ocean. The community I grew up in was equal parts farmers and sailors. When I was in high school, I began volunteering at a place called The Community Boat Project, where kids could get high school credit by learning to build boats and everything else. I began working professionally on boats when I was sixteen.

I work with youth because of my own experiences growing up in poverty. Getting involved with the Community Boat Project changed my life. The skills I learned there became my key to success. The people that I met changed my life, and I always knew I wanted to be one of those people.

This year at the Maritime Museum, we’re going to be building a 34′ pilot gig with students from the Diversified Occupations program. I can’t wait to see the students go from shy to knowledgeable and excited, all in four or five months. I also get to support the on-the-water rowing programs- where high school kids in Addison County form sports teams and get on the water as part of racing teams from Vermont all the way to Maine and Massachusetts.

My position at the host site is fast-paced and full of variety, but I can serve assured knowing that whatever I do is making a difference for Vermont’s youth.