Spirits could not have been higher at Back Cove as Compass Project’s Boat Building Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary on July 12-14th. The event, a Portland summer tradition, is Compass Project’s largest fundraising and outreach event of the year. Over the course of the weekend, 11 teams built 12’ Bevin’s Skiffs, launching them from East End Beach at the close of the festival. It was an amazing weekend of building, learning and supporting Compass Project!
This year’s festival welcomed teams from as far away as Birmingham, Alabama. “The Southern Seniors” team, captained by Susan Wilder White, featured three generations of her family. They vacationed in Maine, making the festival a key stop in their travels. The Perkins, House and Stevens crews rounded out the family entries.
The festival also welcomed several youth groups. Downeast Magazine sponsored A Company of Girls; TD Bank sponsored a group of students from Portland High School’s Mentoring Alliance. Aucocisco School in Cape Elizabeth and Breakwater School in Portland also entered teams.
Several non-profits were represented at the festival this year, supporting Compass Project as they strengthened their own teamwork skills. The Pixel Fund, which strives to save the lives of shelter pets, built a skiff to display at the Maine Boats and Harbors Festival in Rockland. The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership sponsored two teams of staff from Portland and Lewiston non-profits that work directly with the immigrant and refugee communities. These teams used the weekend as a networking and team building exercise in hopes of deepening relationships between these agencies.
Lead event sponsors included Spinnaker Trust, Verrill Dana and Media Sponsor Downeast Magazine. Sponsors included Sabre Yachts, Cate Street Capital, Hamilton Marine, Hogdgon Yachts, and TD Bank. Coffee by Design, Standard Baking Co., Hannaford and Otto’s Pizza all donated services during the weekend, keeping our builders fed and happy!
The festival is a huge undertaking and we could never do it without the amazing volunteers who prep parts, sharpen tools, recruit teams and sponsors and lead boat building crews. Thank you so much for making the 10th Annual Boat Building Festival a success!