Celebrate and enjoy wooden boats in historic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada on July 26 and 27, 2014.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the port of Lunenburg is steeped in history and full of wonderful restaurants, inns, shops and fine establishments where sailors can quench their thirst. Two days of special events will take place along the waterfront, hosted by the fantastic Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.
This is the fourth year for this event and all wooden boats are welcome: sailboats, motorboats, punts, canoes, kayaks, pleasure or commercial craft. We will have space for everything from rowboats to draggers. All weekend long, boat builders and related trades folk will offer displays and demonstrations.
Saturday will also see the running of the Nova Scotia Schooner Association’s 8th Annual Heritage Cup for schooners and other sailing races, while a highlight of Sunday’s program is the head-turning putt putt race where boats powered by vintage “make and break” engines churn up the waters of Lunenburg harbour while filling the air with their distinctive sound. New for 2014 is a “fast and furious” boatbuilding competition, culminating in a sea trial race where the watercraft, built in just a few hours with limited supplies, will be put to the test afloat.
The first three reunions, held in 2011, 2012 and 2013, proved to be enjoyable weekends; 2014 will continue to be friendly and accessible to all. There are many ways to participate – attend the event and admire the boats and craftspeople who build and maintain them, cheer on your favourite boat, enter your boat in one of the many races and parades, display your boat on the wharf, or take part in the entertainment and activities ashore.