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Family Boatbuilding Week is a success

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With the recently-completed outside of the Deltaville Maritime Museum’s events pavilion in the background, Team Favazza/YMCA pauses from shaping their skiff for a photo op. From left, they are Josh Nicholson, Noah Booth, Kennon Roop, Karson Roop, Malcolm Reger, Mark Favazza and Eddy Tennant. The team participated in the 11th annual Family Boatbuilding Week held at the museum July 15-20.

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

The 11th annual Family Boatbuilding Week (FBW) at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park held during the hot week of July 15-20 was a great success. Four new Wright skiffs were added to the growing “built” fleet over the 11 years of FBW.

Four build teams turned stacks of raw wood, hardware and coatings into beautiful, floating watercraft. The four teams were: Team Nobles, Jake and Terry Nobles building the skiff “One Fish, Two Fish”; Team Favazza/YMCA, Mark Favazza, Josh Nicholson, Malcolm Regal, Noah Booth, Kennon and Karson Roop, and Edison Tennant building “Faster Than Slow”; Team Simmons, Rawleigh Simmons, Susan Simmons, Fred Gaskins, and Chas Faulkner building “Special Edition”; and Team Kirkup, Tom Kirkup, Sam Hall, Katherine Hall, Brooks Hall and Anne Carrington Hall building “Oar Else.”

The “Great Skiff Race” for the week’s “braggin’ rights” was held July 20 and won by Team Simmons on “Special Edition.”

Trophies were received by: Team Simmons, first place/race and most colorful; Team Nobles, most original name; Team YMCA, most family spirit and leakiest; and Team Kirkup, most authentic.

Many thanks to the hard work of FBW coordinator Chuck McGhinnis and all the other Boat Shop volunteers. A tip of the hat to Keith Ruse of Deltaville Boat Yard for donating the lunches and drinks to keep the crews going.

“What a wonderful thing for a family, or anyone, to do together,” commented one builder. “Many thanks to the Deltaville Maritime Museum for keeping the tradition alive.”

Contact the museum office (776-7200) for sign-up information for next year.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is a non-profit organization at 287 Jackson Creek Road and on Mill Creek. Turn right off Route 33 across from the Shell Station to get there.

posted 07.31.2013

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