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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Supporting Lake Champlain Though Volunteering and Adventure

I love sailing on Lake Champlain. Like many folks who love Lake Champlain, I grew up playing on the water, whether fishing in a small motor boat or sailing a Sunfish with my dad. Now I spend more of my time racing larger boats like the J-27 (photo left). So, when the opportunity came up to volunteer to help raise money for the stewardship of Lake Champlain and do so while sailing, I jumped at it and haven't looked back since.

I've been volunteering for the Regatta for Lake Champlain (R4LC) since 2006 but the non-profit organization was established in 2004 to promote the health, well being, and sustainability of Lake Champlain. The R4LC raises money though the efforts of many sailors, volunteers, and lake loving corporate sponsors and individual donors through a family-friendly sailing race every July and by hosting a world-renown sailing related guest speaker in the winter. The money raised by these two events is given to non-profit organizations such as ECHO to support their mission driven Lake Champlain stewardship efforts. ECHO has been a beneficiary since 2004 and with the latest, much appreciated gift of $3,000, ECHO was able to use the money to help give discount admission to guests in need.

Come join the fun of supporting Lake Champlain and ECHO. On Thursday, March 15th the R4LC will present Brad Van Liew for the 2012 Spring Ice Breaker fund raiser event. For folks who don't know Brad, he won the prestigious 2010-11 Velux 5 Oceans solo around the world race and is the only American to do so. Thorough his AV presentation, Brad talks of grueling solos races that push physical and mental endurance to the limits, and describes what it takes to be the best. Talk about an adventure! I can't wait.
Brad Van Liew Ice Breaker details:
Where: Main Street Landing Film House, 60 Lake Street, Burlington
When: Doors open at 6PM for light food and cash bar. Show starts at 7PM.
Tickets: $20, purchase on-line at: regattaforlakechamplain.org

Photo top left:J-27, Lift Ticket sails back to Mallets Bay after the 2009 R4LC, (C) Julie Silverman/ECHO
Photo lower center: Brad Van Liew sailing his Open 60, Le Pingoui

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