Posted by Buck Weaver on Jun 20, 2018
This past Saturday at Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott the Swampscott Rotary Club sponsored the twelfth annual Duct Tape Regatta, a fun but competitive race which has raised over $ 200,000 for international water projects over the years. 

All the funds we raise is with the support of other local Rotary Clubs and often matched by Rotary District 7930 ( North Shore and Cape Ann) and sometimes matched again by Rotary International.         

Our original project was in Houndouras.  Over the past few years we have been partnering with and supporting the Barka Foundation, whose work with pure water and sanitation and health takes place in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

This year's race featured teams from the Marblehead Rotary Club, Marblehead High School Rotary Interact Club, Swampscott Rotary Club and the Weaver Orthodontics/ Swampscott Rotary II boat.

It was a gorgeous day and a tight race with the Weaver Ortho/ Swampscott Rotary II boat edging the Marblehead Rotary boat in a close finish.

Special credit and recognition go to the Marblehead High Interact team for their extraordinary spirit and effort!   Despite almost immediately sinking, and staying underwater the entire race, they did not quit!  Paddling and swimming their way the full four laps around the course- with the boat entirely below the surface the whole time!


L-R the start, Boats:  L Swampscott Rotary I,   Weaver Orthodontics/Swampscott Rotary II, Marblehead High Interact,  Marblehead Rotary, 


Winning boat: Weaver Orthodontics/ Swampscott Rotary II  L-R  R J Brownell, Dan Mills,  Nick Merlo, John Brownell


Marblehead High School Rotary Interact boat (finally above water again) coming out of the water with lots of extra help!