Come Boating! Winter Adventure Series introduces the 2024 Atlantic Challenge

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    Come Boating! Belfast’s Community Boating Organization and the Belfast Free Library have teamed up once again to offer the Winter Adventure Series. This year the series of evening programs about adventures on the water are offered virtually on Zoom.

    The final program in the series will be on Tuesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m., with Arista Holden introducing The Atlantic Challenge. To register for the Zoom link to this program please go to and find the listing.

    The Atlantic Challenge Contest of Seamanship is coming to Belfast in July 2024. Up to 16 nations’ young adult crews will convene for a week to showcase their maritime skills in a friendly competition while creating an international community. The seamanship events test elements of sailing, rowing, rope-work, and style. 

    Holden will share engaging anecdotes about community building via rowing and sailing in traditional boats, the upcoming Contest in Belfast, and the summer programs available to the public in Penobscot Bay in 2023.

    Arista Holden is the US Trustee for Atlantic Challenge and currently runs the Bantry Bay gig program in Belfast. Originally from Lincolnville, Holden grew up sailing in various traditional small craft throughout Penobscot Bay. She participated as a crewmember in the 2002 Atlantic Challenge Contest in Rockland. Ever since, Holden has been leading sailing trips for Outward Bound, NOLS, the Nova Scotia Sea School, the Wooden Boat School, and has trained the Atlantic Challenge US team and other Bantry Bay gig programs since 2010. 

    For more information please call the Belfast Free Library at 207-338-3884 ext. 10 or visit

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    Tue, 03/21/2023 - 6:30pm

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