Students, join the rowing team!

LS Rowing ClubLake Sunapee, N.H., (Lake Sunapee Rowing Club announcement)Avoid concussions. Join the Rowing Team!

Lake Sunapee Rowing Club will start the fall rowing season for all area middle and high school students ages 13 and up on August 26.

Compete regionally, learn a lifelong sport, maintain fitness for your spring sport, and get on the lake. Practice will be Mon. – Fri., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., August 26 to Oct 31, at the Georges Mills Public Boat Launch.

Coach Brenda Balenger graduated from the Institute for Rowing Leadership in Boston, is US Rowing Level III certified, and is experienced in collegiate, masters, and junior sweep and sculling programs.

Write us: lakesunapeerowing@gmail.com
Look us up: www.lakesunapeerowing.com
Like us on Facebook: Lake Sunapee Rowing Club
Call Brenda with questions: 603-481-2166

Sunapee Sightings: The new covered bridge!

CoveredBridge_Falls_CC_2013-07Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee: Above Hames Park falls, a new pedestrian bridge spans the Sugar RIver in Sunapee Harbor Village. It connects River Road and Main Street by the historic Harbor House Livery (old town hall building). On July 19, 2013, a crane put the wooden bridge in place.

View a short video of the bridge being put in place via the Town of Sunapee website and learn more about the project via Project Sunapee.

Read related article: Sunapee sets date for placing covered bridge (SunapeeNews.com).

Lake Sunapee Rowing Club: You can learn to scull

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You can learn to scull by the end of August!
Small Group Lessons ~ 4-6 Rowers
        Mon, Wed, Thurs,  9:30-11:30 am
 August 5-8, 12-15, and 19-22
$75 per Week
     Come for One, Two or Three Weeks
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Sunapee Harbor fireworks on July 6

sunapeeharborpan_jb904x160.jpg Independence Day celebrations will extend into the weekend this year with Sunapee Harbor fireworks set to go off on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at dusk, usually around 9 p.m. It is also flare night on Lake Sunapee.

Earlier in the day, a community parade along Central Street and into the harbor will take place at noon. The parade theme: Relive the 80s.

At 2 p.m., the town will hold the Herbert Welsh Trail dedication and hike at Dewey Woods.

For a listing of summer activities and events, see Recreation Sunapee, Summer 2013 (on FlipSnack).

Note: The Town of Sunapee has a fireworks ordinance and permit process. For more information, go to the town website.

Sunapee Rec Department 2013 newsletter now online

SunapeeRecDeptNewsletter2013What’s happening in Sunapee this summer?

The 2013 Sunapee Recreation Department newsletter is now available online via the town website and it includes information about local events and programs, fun things to do for the whole family.

The booklet is full of photographs and colorful graphics and a calendar listing swim dates, tennis lessons, yoga, sailing, drumming… special events, such as the Welsh Trail Dedication and Nature Walk and the annual Teddy Bear Picnic… and more!

The rec department also distributes hard copies.

‘Ice out’ on Lake Sunapee

Ice Out Day on Lake Sunapee was Thursday, April 18, 2013. In the morning, a mass of  ice blocked boat passage north to south on the lake. However, the ice was gone by 2:30 that afternoon. "Ice out" is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury. Photo by Charleen Osborne, Sunapee.

Ice Out Day on Lake Sunapee was Thursday, April 18, 2013. In the morning, a mass of ice blocked boat passage north to south on the lake. However, the ice was gone by 2:30 that afternoon. “Ice out” is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury. Photo by Charleen Osborne, Sunapee.

Sunapee, N.H. — “Ice out” on Lake Sunapee was declared on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Ice blocked boat passage from north to south at the islands at 8 a.m. By 2:30 p.m. the ice mass was gone and “Ice Out” was called by Richard Osborne and his family.

“Ice out” is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury.

See earlier “ice out” dates via the town website: Lake Sunapee Ice Out Chart.

Kitewings ride spring winds on Lake Sunapee

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Charlie Meding from Skinner’s Ski & Sport, Newbury, was one of almost a dozen “wings” out on Lake Sunapee last weekend. Taken late in the afternoon, this photo by Will Tuthill shows Meding doing a jump with his kitewing.

Last weekend, with March winds filling the air, the wings were out on Lake Sunapee.

And with some good wind this weekend, the kitewings will be back crisscrossing the lake on Saturday and, if conditions are favorable, on Sunday as well.

Once safe ice depths cover Sunapee, the lake attracts many winter sailors, ice boats, windsurfing rigs, kitewings and skate-sails.

First year kite-sailor Sylvain Barriere of Etna recently posted “Funky snowkite, New Hampshire 2013″ that was largely filmed on Lake Sunapee.  See: http://vimeo.com/61991327

In mid-March, after returning to Lake Sunapee from  WISSA 2013 – 2.3-10.3.2013 Kalajoki, Finland, Will Tuthill, a frequent winter sailor on Sunapee, said “we came across epic conditions.”

“That Sunday afternoon the place was abuzz with Kitewings.”

KiteWings filled the air over Lake Sunapee

“Epic conditions” on Lake Sunapee in mid-March welcomed local winter sailors returning from WISSA 2013, the World Ice and Snow Sailing Association competition held in Finland.

Lake Sunapee Rowing Club: Invite to students

Lake Sunapee Rowing on the waterHigh school students, how about rowing with the Lake Sunapee Rowing Club? The Rowing Club will hold an “interest meeting” on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m, at Pete’s Shed, River Road, Sunapee Harbor.

“High school students aged 14 and up are invited to join our competitive rowing team,” says LSRC coach Brenda Balenger. “Beginners are welcome. No experience necessary.”

LSRC LogoQuestions? Email: lakesunapeerowing@gmail.com.

MV Kearsarge and Steamboat Kearsarge “Sunk in Ice”

Kearsarge photos_SHSLake Sunapee, N.H. – The similar look of being sunk in ice. The MV Kearsarge (left) sank into the ice on Lake Sunapee in January 2013, and the steamboat Kearsarge (shown in the photo on the right) had a similar experience… some 80 years ago.

The old photo (on the right) reads: “Steamboat Kearsarge, Sunk in ice near Davis Cabins, Lake Sunapee – Circa 1933?, Sunapee Historical Society Collection.”

Photos courtesy of the Sunapee Historical Society and local historian Ron Garceau.

Look for these photos in the March 2013 issue of SooNipi Magazine.

Read related articles:

MV Kearsarge is afloat! (SunapeeNews.com)

MV Kearsarge back afloat after small hole detected (UnionLeader.com)

Sunapee Historical Society: Winter newsletter previews summer projects

SunapeeHistoricalSocietyAlthough the Sunapee Historical Society Museum at Sunapee Harbor is closed during winter, members are open for business researching and seeking out information for the Society’s summer projects.

In the recently published SHS Winter 2013 newsletter, President Becky Fitts Rylander previewed each of these programs:

  • A program on summer camps. This will be done in conjunction with our friends in other towns, coordinated through PALS (our Partners Around Lake Sunapee). Each town will focus on camps that operated within its boundaries. If you have any information about or photos of Camp Sunapee (a boy’s camp on Lake Ave. 100 years ago), please let us know. We have a photo and brochure for Camp Manauke, a girl’s camp on Star Island in the 1920s, but would welcome more. Any others?
  • Industries along the Sugar River. With a new pedestrian bridge being built in the spring behind the Harbor House Livery, we think this year will be a good time to explore all the industries that lined the river between the Harbor and Coffin Park. That area looked quite different a century ago. We have some information and photos, but would welcome more.
  • The old information booth. Despite our best intentions last summer, this 1929 vintage building still needs to be restored—and we still need help to get that done. If carpentry is up your alley, please let us know.

To volunteer or exchange information, email sunapeehistory@gmail.com.

To download/view the Winter 2013 newsletter, visit the Society’s website: www.sunapeehistoricalsociety.org. A membership form is also posted on the website.

Winter tapestry: Snow weaves across Lake Sunapee

A winter tapestry: A snow weaving on the ice that forecasts more is to come...

A winter tapestry: snow falls steadily this morning and weaves across the ice forecasting more… much more to come. Winter Storm Nemo brings blizzard warnings to New England.  12-24″ of snow predicted for New Hampshire. Photo of Jobs Creek, Lake Sunapee.

Ice warnings issued for Lake Sunapee

The Lake Sunapee Protective Association and the town of Newbury, New Hampshire, are warning people about unsafe ice conditions on Lake Sunapee.

“The changing temperatures have resulted in areas of very thin ice in certain areas of Lake Sunapee,” says the alert issued by Newbury on the town website and in a public notice announcement. “The ice is very thin in the area between Bay Point and The Fells and those using the lake for winter activities should keep away from this area as well as being cautious in other areas of the lake.”

The lake association released an ice warning on February 6. LSPA Executive Director June Fichter wrote:

“We have reports that the lake ice is very thin, therefore unsafe, in the northern section of Lake Sunapee, between Tilson Point and Herrick Cove. We also have reports of thin ice between Bay Point and the Fells, south of Minute Island.”

A nor’easter, expected to hit the region Friday into Saturday, will likely cover the lake with a fresh blanket of snow, which will hide and insulate thin ice below.

Although Lake Sunapee may look safe, these ice warning suggest otherwise. Caution advised.

MV Kearsarge is afloat!

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Sunday, January 13, 2013, MV Kearsarge afloat at Sunapee Harbor. Photos by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

The MV Kearsarge is afloat dockside at Sunapee Harbor.

Late yesterday, Saturday afternoon, salvage workers lifted the stern off the bottom of Lake Sunapee.

The restaurant boat took on icy water Thursday evening while at its berth, the town dock. The boat’s stern sank in about eight feet of water.

MVK_CC8“Still foggy, yet quieter at Sunapee Harbor on Sunday,” wrote Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, who shares these photos. “You can hear the sound of the water pump and see the dinner boat now floating at the dock.”

Saturday the harbor was busy with hundreds of curious onlookers while the salvage crew worked throughout the day to raise the boat.

“A salvage team stabilized the vessel Friday afternoon using a sling wrapped around the boat and secured to a cable from a truck,” wrote Valley News correspondent Patrick O’Grady in the newspaper’s Sunday edition.

“Yesterday, divers placed several large airbags underneath the stern of the boat. When inflated, they began easing the boat out of the water, eliciting cheers from onlookers, many of whom were standing on the harbor ice.”

The owners of the Kearsarge (and its sister boat the MV Sunapee II), the Fenton family, expect to repair the dinner boat and have it in service for the summer.

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Read related article via SunapeeNews.com – Lake Sunapee MV Kearsarge sinks, awaits crane and salvage

Lake Sunapee MV Kearsarge sinks, awaits crane and salvage

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“It’s pretty much sunk, most of it is on the bottom,” said owner Peter Fenton, reports Dan Seufert for the Union Leader.  Read more via MV Kearsarge sinks at Sunapee dock | New Hampshire NEWS07.

The popular local restaurant boat took on water Thursday while tied up at its berth on Lake Sunapee, the town dock at Sunapee Harbor.

Salvage efforts are underway. A crane will be brought in Saturday to lift the boat, according to several news reports. The scene has attracted wide-spread interest and media coverage.

MV Kearsarge has been sailing Lake Sunapee for 30 years. It operates from May to October hosting dinners and special functions.

The boat’s stern settled into the icy water to the bottom of the lake, which is shallow dock side. It makes for a sad sight.

On Facebook posted Friday, the Peter Fentons, owners of the boat and Sunapee Cruises, expressed their thanks “to the community for all the good thoughts and support that you have sent our way these past 24 hours. We are so lucky to live in such a great, thoughtful and caring community.”

“We are very thankful that no one was injured and to be working on a solution with great people. Tomorrow [Saturday], we will be working with a salvage company to determine the best way to raise the Kearsarge. We are still looking into what caused this issue and hope to know more tomorrow. Thank you again for your thoughts and support; this is why we love this area.”

Related article via WMUR: MV Kearsarge restaurant ship sinks

via SunapeeNews.com: Lake Sunapee dinner boat takes on icy water

Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee

Lake Sunapee dinner boat takes on icy water

Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Photos by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

MVK_CC1Sunapee, N.H. – The dinner boat MV Kearsarge, at the public dock at Sunapee Harbor, started to take on water and sink into Lake Sunapee Thursday night, January 10, 2013. News reports with more info, are available via WNTK and WCVB:

It was a heartbreaking scene at Sunapee Harbor last night seeing the iconic dinner boat Mt.Kearsage sinking in Lake Sunapee from its slip. via WNTK: Dinner boat sinks in harbor

WCVB: Restaurant boat sinking into icy lakeMVK_CC3

Update: Jan. 11, 2013, noon – Sunapee Cruises, on its Facebook page, writes: “While sitting at it’s winter berth tonight, the MV Kearsarge took on water and the stern is partially submerged. We are currently working to determine the cause and focus on recovery. We appreciate all of the community’s support.”

Update:  Jan. 11, 2013, noon – Via WMUR, MV Kearsarge restaurant ship sinks

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