Judges at work at last year’s National Boatbuilding Challenge
Judges at work at last year’s National Boatbuilding Challenge
The National Boatbuilding Challenge will return to Belfast on Saturday, August 21, during Belfast Harbor Fest, sponsored by Belfast's Rotary Club.

The challenge involves two-person teams building a 12-foot wooden skiff in under four hours, followed by a rowing race. Teams are judged on how quickly they complete construction, quality of the craftsmanship and their speed on the water in the two-man relay rowing race.

For the $150 entry fee, each team receives plans, building materials and a work space and competes for a $500 first-place prize, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Teams provide their own tools, work tables and oars, which can be made beforehand.

This year, an inter-collegiate trophy competition is being added. In addition to competing for the overall prizes, the Maine boat-building schools will compete with each other to see which school will take the trophy home with them.

For more information or to register, visit www.BelfastHarborFest.com or call David Crabiel at 322-5805.

Belfast's week-long Harbor Fest celebrates all things marine related. On Friday night, August 20, a "Launch Party" kicks off the festival with music, food and locally brewed beer. Saturday features a 5K race, pancake breakfast, sea captains' talk, a children's area and a classic boat show. Nautical-related vendors and exhibitors display their wares and give demonstrations on various crafts and trades.