Fogo Island Hosts the First Ever Open Sea Rowing Race - 10 miles of Rowing on the Atlantic Ocean

    FOGO ISLAND, NF, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Today on Fogo Island, Newfoundland,
residents and visitors experienced a unique and exciting event. 10 teams
successfully completed a 10 mile open ocean race from Fogo to Change Islands
and back again. The winners of the first ever "punt" race were Aneas Emberly
and Aiden Adams of Joe Batt's Arm - the oldest team in the race with a
combined age of 107, who posted a time of 2:34:21. Jim Edwards and
Dave Diamond from Change Islands finished second with a time of 2:42:19 while
Patrick Penton and Dominic Penton of Joe Batt's Arm, the youngest team in the
competition, placed third in 2:44:03. All teams underwent a grueling and
dramatic experience on the cold Atlantic Ocean.
    "To our knowledge this race is the first of its kind. The conditions were
harsh and the participants had to endure some very tiring and difficult times
while out on the water," said Colleen Higgins, event organizer.
    The event was the first annual Fogo Island Regatta. It was celebrating
300 years of wooden boat heritage on Fogo Island and Change Islands. The
purpose of the event was three fold:
    To develop an understanding and appreciation of our wooden boat heritage
and the fine art of traditional boat building, to provide opportunities for
rowing wooden boats in both recreational and competitive activities and to see
that wooden boats generate economic activity as they are important cultural
tourism assets.
    The events were the brain child of the Frangipani Foundation. A
charitable organization founded by members of the Cobb Family, formerly of
Fogo Island.
    Fogo Island and Change Islands are well known for their fine boat
building techniques and today those traditional methods and skills are being
revived and preserved. The Frangipani Foundation is currently creating a
heritage collection of wooden boats. It is involved in traditional boat
building projects with experienced builders on both Fogo Island and
Change Islands.
    The foundation has also begun a ground-breaking boat building program
with students and staff at the local high school and it is in the process of
acquiring some older punts that will be included in the heritage collection.
    "The first ever punt race is a way for us to highlight the heritage of
the area in a fun and exciting way and to draw attention to the great boat
builders in the area. We hope people will not only find the race exciting but
that they will come to appreciate the challenges faced by the people of the
area while out on the ocean," continues Higgins.
    The Fogo Island Rowing Regatta will create a greater awareness of this
wooden boat heritage, help preserve the traditional skills and methods, and
promote the pride, appreciation and enjoyment of the great wooden boats of
Fogo Island and Change Islands. These boats embody the very nature of our
people; ingenious, creative, adaptable, resourceful and hardworking.
    The event was a great success and is it expected that next years race
will attract more people and more risk taking rowers.

    B-roll of the actual race is available at the listed times and

    On-Demand Coordinates / URL available from 11:00 PM ET, Monday,
    August 13th, 2007:

    Live Satellite Coordinates:

        DATE OF FEED:     August 13th, 2007
        TIME OF FEED:     8:30 - 9:00 PM ET
        CO-ORDINATES:     Galaxy 11
                          Transponder K20
                          Downlink frequency 12100
                          Audio subcarriers 6.2 & 6.8

        TOC               SSONo.4267-70089

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For further information: Cathy Dornan, (709) 685-3875;

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