On a cold cold wet Sunday, February 24th, Cedar-strip built Whitehall Gig David Thorleif Heim was launched into the chilly waters of the Hudson River. The gig, named for David T. Heim who helped build many of the Whitehall Gigs in the VCB Fleet, was built over that past year by VCB volunteers under the guidance of VCB boatbuilders Marcel Dejean and Lorne Swarthout. Judy Heim, VCB volunteers, and friends came to Pier 40 to celebrate and take the new gig for a row around the embayment.
The gig is bound for the Snow Row, an open water rowing race in Hull Massachusetts. Later in the Spring when it has warmed up a bit, there will be a christening and formal naming ceremony for this new addition to the VCB fleet.