Students build longboats on Lake Champlain

Students from the Community High School of Vermont, a division of the Vermont Department of Corrections, spent four weeks in September and October in the boat shop at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum building two gorgeous Chesapeake Light Craft Northeaster Dories.

The boats, named Morning Star and Windstorm by the students,were given to the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center.

On Oct. 26 a celebration and donation ceremony was held at LCMM as the boats were officially presented to representatives of the Sailing Center.

This project is the latest initiative in the Maritime Museum's Champlain Longboats program.

"The student boat builders involved in this collaborative project put their hearts and souls into the job and deserve recognition and credit for a job extremely well done," said Nick Patch, LCMM's director of outdoor education.

The Maritime Museum's colorful student-built longboats have become a familiar sight on the Burlington waterfront, Otter Creek, and at regional rowing competitions. They are used by hundreds of participants in after-school programs and adult Community Rowing teams each year.

For more information about Champlain Longboats, or to get involved, contact Nick Patch nickp@lcmm.org or visit the museum's website www.lcmm.org.

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