Blindfolded boaters take to the water in Hancock

Spectators watch the Avenue A Teen and Community Center’s second Blindfolded Boat Race at Norway Pond beach in Hancock Monday.

Spectators watch the Avenue A Teen and Community Center’s second Blindfolded Boat Race at Norway Pond beach in Hancock Monday. STAFF PHOTO BY CAMERON CASHMAN

Members of the Antrim Police Department cross the finish line.

Members of the Antrim Police Department cross the finish line. STAFF PHOTO BY CAMERON CASHMAN

Boaters in the second heat prepare for their race around Norway Pond.

Boaters in the second heat prepare for their race around Norway Pond. STAFF PHOTO BY CAMERON CASHMAN

Team 10, the Ocean Fashionistas, crosses the finish line.

Team 10, the Ocean Fashionistas, crosses the finish line. STAFF PHOTO BY CAMERON CASHMAN

Blindfolded boaters attempt to navigate Norway Pond.

Blindfolded boaters attempt to navigate Norway Pond. STAFF PHOTO BY CAMERON CASHMAN

Three teams are neck-and-neck at the beginning of the first heat.

Three teams are neck-and-neck at the beginning of the first heat. STAFF PHOTO BY CAMERON CASHMAN

Team Noah’s Ark from Hancock’s Renew Church crosses the finish line.

Team Noah’s Ark from Hancock’s Renew Church crosses the finish line. STAFF PHOTO BY CAMERON CASHMAN

Three blindfolded boat teams make their way around Norway Pond.

Three blindfolded boat teams make their way around Norway Pond. STAFF PHOTO BY CAMERON CASHMAN

Teams in the first heat set off for a race around Norway Pond.

Teams in the first heat set off for a race around Norway Pond. STAFF PHOTO BY CAMERON CASHMAN

Blindfolded boaters line up at the starting line for a race on Norway Pond.

Blindfolded boaters line up at the starting line for a race on Norway Pond. STAFF PHOTO BY CAMERON CASHMAN

Boaters make their way around Norway Pond.

Boaters make their way around Norway Pond. STAFF PHOTO BY CAMERON CASHMAN

By CAMERON CASHMAN

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Published: 06-12-2024 12:33 PM

On Monday, 28 teams paddled their way around Norway Pond in Hancock for Avenue A Teen and Community Center’s second Blindfolded Boat Race.

The event drew a crowd of residents from Hancock and surrounding towns, who filled the town beach for a chance to watch blindfolded paddlers attempt to navigate Norway Pond. The only help they received was from their teammate, who acted as navigator.

“We started the blindfolded boat race last year; we wanted to create a fun event as a kickoff for our NH Gives Campaign,” said the event’s organizer and the director of teen programs at Avenue A, Jacqueline Roland. “ Teams raise funds for Avenue A to enter the race.”

Roland said that while donations and pledges are still coming in, they had raised about $8,800 from the event so far.

Local organizations who entered the race included the NH Children’s Trust, the Antrim Police Department, Renew Church in Hancock, Hancock Congregational Church, Family Support NH, All Saints’ Church, Monadnock Community Church, and Antrim Presbyterian Church.

After this year’s success, Roland says Avenue A – part of The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center in Antrim -- is excited to run the race again next year.

“We heard lots of our race teams brainstorming ideas for new costumes and boat themes,” she said. “During the race, we heard from community members who came as spectators but want to race next time.”

Avenue A is a regional center that serves more than 300 teens from the ConVal School District and surrounding towns with comprehensive support throughout adolescence. For information, visit grapevinenh.org/avenue-a-teen-community-center.

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