Sunset Seminar: “To Row and Let Go,” Rowing the Maine Island Trails
August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Doug Welch, Executive Director of the Maine Island Trail Association will present his film, “To Row and Let Go,” at 7:00 pm Wednesday, August 18, at Camden Yacht Club and via Zoom. Follow Welch as he takes up ocean rowing, builds a boat at the legendary Wooden Boat School, and explores 34 islands on the Maine Island Trail. Q&A to follow. Welch has been honored to serve as executive director of the Maine Island Trail since 2007. The Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) is a 30-year-old grassroots organization of some 8,500 members that developed and now manages America’s preeminent water trail.
A lover of the Maine coast since childhood, Welch cannot imagine a more valuable and enjoyable mission to pursue than facilitating adventures on Maine’s islands and organizing volunteers to care for them. Previously he spent five years with the Island Alliance – a nonprofit organization charged with developing programs in the new Boston Harbor Islands National Park. Welch has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a BA from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He lives in Portland with his wife Caitlin.
Since joining MITA, Doug has perfected the first 180 degrees of his Eskimo roll, his technique for bending powerboat propellers and his tendency to always grab the wrong halyard. At age 50 he discovered rowing. The Maine Island Trail, America’s first water trail and one of National Geographic’s “Top 50 U.S. Adventures,” is a recreational waterway for small boaters consisting of “wild” islands off the coast of Maine. In more than 30 years, MITA has never owned island properties. Instead, through simple handshake agreements with island-owning partners, MITA facilitates island access for responsible boating explorers. Today, the Trail consists of more than 250 wild islands and coastal mainland sites from Kittery to Cobscook Bay.
The 2021 Sunset Seminar Series runs from July 7 to August 25 on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm. Find full descriptions of seminars HERE, or CLICK HERE for a summary this year’s line-up that can be downloaded or printed. For archives of prior years, CLICK HERE. Donations made at the door or online will be accepted for the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP), a program hosted by Camden Yacht Club that is open to all area youth regardless of their ability to pay. The event will be available livestream by clicking on the Vimeo image above on the date and time of the event as well as after the event.