KINGSTON – The first Annual Boatbuilding Challenge held by the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston is scheduled for Saturday, June 24. It will be the featured attraction at the museum’s annual Hudson River Day.
The event will mark the qualifying event for the fastest boatbuilding in the world. Award-winning teams of builders will be in Kingston to compete, including winners from previous challenges.
“This is quite an honor to be involved with an elite national boatbuilding challenge which has been run successfully in historic seaports like Beaufort, NC, Belfast Harbor, ME and Georgetown, SC,” said Maritime Museum Executive Director Lisa Cline. “Thousands and thousands of visitors have been drawn to some of these ports. And, by using these proven boatbuilding challenge event models, we have no doubt that Kingston’s First Annual Boatbuilding Challenge will attract a significant number of visitors to our community as well.”
Each of the eight business-sponsored two-person teams will build a 12-foot Carolina Bateau rowing skiff in less than four hours and produce one boat which will then be raced in a rowing competition on Rondout Creek.
A practice build will be held on June 3.