Hundreds of community members and Fogo Island visitors came to cheer on the rowers at the 10th Anniversary of our Great Fogo Island Punt Race.
It was a gorgeous day, though a stiff wind in the morning threatened to significantly delay the start time. It died down just enough to allow the rowers out by 11:00am, and they worked hard to complete the race!
We were delighted to have the participants of the Canada C3 Expedition join us for the day, and even enter a rower of their own — Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden, who rowed with longtime Punt Race champion Donna Connors.
Members of popular band Middle Tickle played on the wharf, and Nicole’s Cafe served their delicious food and Growler’s Ice Cream...
This year we’re celebrating 10 fantastic years of The Great Fogo Island Punt Race, the 50th anniversary of the Fogo Island Cooperative, and the 150th anniversary of Confederation. We hope you’ll join the festivities and race with us this year!
There have been many highlights of our 10-year history. At first, everyone wondered if it could be done – a 10-mile race from Fogo Island to Change Islands and back, on the open ocean, in a traditional wooden punt. When our first rowers succeeded, the next year it was a question of how fast it could be done, and as the years went on our number of competing rowers grew. From 2007-2009 we got involved with our local school, Fogo Island Central Academy, with the Shorefast Foundation sponsoring a punt building course for youth with master boat ...