From Richard Honan: (TotalBoat Ambassador) “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” This was so true at the Wellfleet Rowing Rendezvous, a gathering of mostly amateur boat builders and small boat enthusiasts . Organized for the third year in a row by Walter Baron, owner of the Old Wharf Dory Company and held on Mayo Beach in Wellfleet Massachusetts, it gave everyone, boat owners and those just passing by a chance to row a variety of small row boats.
September 19th was summer like with sunny skies and a warm south westerly breeze that made for perfect conditions to try out everything from a lumberyard skiff , wherries, Adirondack guide boats and Swampscott dories. There were plenty of opportunities to talk to the various owners and builders why they were drawn to a particular boat. For some it was the chance to build a boat using traditional materials and techniques, for others weight and boat speed were considerations and for some, building their first boat was a life long dream come true. They all came together that afternoon to let anyone who desired the opportunity to take their boat out for a row. They spent the afternoon talking about their boats, maybe learning a new boat building technique or maybe a new source for bronze screws or boat building lumber.
Special thanks to Walter Baron of the Old Wharf Dory Company for organizing the event, the Cape Cod Marine Trades Association who pitched in some money for sandwiches and water and to whoever donated the raw oysters. I met many individuals that day who simply like to mess around in boats.