Lighthouse to Lighthouse Race 2017

The Whole VCB L2L Crew with First and Second Place Medals

Last Saturday, VCB transported two crews and two dory boats to Norwalk Ct. to compete in The Lighthouse To Lighthouse Race with a course running along 7 or 14 miles of open water around the Norwalk Islands on the Connecticut shore. The race is open to any seaworthy, human-powered craft but the competition included mostly paddlers in kayaks and surf skis. L2L is sponsored by Achilles International whose mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement. This is a great organization and Gary Willams, the MC made us feel most welcome. 

There was one other wooden dory in a field of more that 120 rowers and paddlers, built by its rower, but it was a single. So the race lineup pitted VCB’s Adult Crew against its Youth Crew, competing against each other. Needless to say, the youth crew, in Gold Rush came in first despite going seriously off course. Since VCB’s two boats were the only ones in their class, they took first and second place. Everyone got a medal.

Special thanks to Gary Williams for organizing and working long and hard to include VCB. Thanks also to Leo Au-Yeung, VCB High School Coordinator for organizing the crews and Dave Clayton for wrangling the boats.

Dave Clayton (Cox), Andrew Leung, Jackie Chen, Angela Peng, Suresh Ramdhanie, 

VCB Adult Crew Rowed Warrior, Stretch Gunning Dory



Gold Rush Crew: Melina Tsai (Cox), Kenny Lin, Leo Au-Yeung,  Inhyuk Jun, Puneet Johal

VCB Youth Crew Rowed Gold Rush, Stretch Gunning Dory



The Competition

Three Dory Boats on the Beach with lots of Kayaks and Surf Skiis


Dave Clayton


Dorys lining up with paddlers for the start of the race

Warrior Crossing the Finish Line
Gold Rush Crossing the Finish Line

Rolling the Dorys down the Pier 40 Walkway at the Crack of Dawn

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