World class sailors on Lake Sunapee to compete

Sunapee, N.H. — The Lake Sunapee Yacht Club is hosting the 2014 Western Hemisphere Star Sailboat Championships, a seven race series (June 16 to June 20) featuring Star sailors from as far away as Brazil and The Bahamas.

Conditions permitting, races start Monday on Lake Sunapee.

For the Valley News, Jared Pendak reported:

“It’s the second largest star boat regatta in the world, after the World Championships,” said event chairman John Chiarella, a past commodore and skipper who will be one of 13 competitors from the Lake Sunapee Star Fleet. “Only the sailors in the top percentiles of their fleets and districts can qualify for this event, so it’s something we’re excited about.” –  Top Sailors Flock to Lake Sunapee for Marquee Event (Valley News)

Follow the races via the website and for the List of Competitors, Race Schedule and Current Weather Conditions.

Sunapee Sightings: Along River Road


RiverRoad_CC_2014Apr Sunapee Sightings: How about a short walk?  Enjoy River Road in Sunapee Harbor Village, where you can take in the scenery and sights along the Sugar River. Enjoy the new Sugar River Bridge and the Sunapee Riverwalk, a 1/2 mile trail from the harbor dam to the Information Booth on Route 11. To share your favorite walking path or hiking trail in and around Sunapee, leave a reply. Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

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.

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Trailwork volunteers needed in the Lake Sunapee Region

Mount Sunapee's Lake Solitude

The highland trails in the region’s state parks, such as on Mount Sunapee and on Mount Kearsarge in Winslow State Park, are seeing more and more hikers each year. Photo shows Lake Solitude, near the top of Mount Sunapee.

Hikers, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts: The hiking trails in the Lake Sunapee region need your help.

“The need is never-ending to identify and encourage new volunteers who can build and maintain the area’s trails,” says Gerry Gold for the Trails Committee of the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition.

SRKG, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, is looking for more volunteers to help keep up and improve the region’s trail system, which includes more than 75 miles of walking paths and hiking trails that cross Sunapee, Ragged and Kearsarge mountains and takes in three state forests and four state parks.

The Greenway connects state, town and private lands and gives hikers and walkers access to mountains, lakes, vistas and historical sites across the region.

These trails also connect with other popular hiking areas, such as Mount Monadnock.

Building a Trailworks Community

With organized and advertised events–eight trailwork events in four months–SRKG with support from the Quabbin to Cardigan Partnership hope to grow and strengthen the area’s trailwork community.

Each event will focus on specific improvements to local trails and teach trailwork skills to new volunteers.

The trailwork campaign will also help spread the word about the area’s trails, organizations and conserved lands, which are part of a larger landscape, the Q2C (Quabbin to Cardigan) region.

Volunteers Needed

On Tuesday, July 23, trailwork volunteers have three “help and learn” opportunities: easy, moderate and difficult.

  • Sunapee, Upper Sunapee Village to North Road (Easy) – Blaze a trail: Paint and plastic blazes show the way. To volunteer, contact Lisa Correa (
  • Goshen, Lower Summit Trail, Mount Sunapee State Park (Moderate) – Clean a waterbar: Rakes, shovels and a short walk in. Contact Dave Coulter (603-934-0148 )
  • Andover, Ragged Mountain from Proctor Academy (Difficult) – Move a trail requiring a 1.5 mile hike uphill with tools. Contact Gerry Gold (603-526-2857 or

Trailwork is also planned for July 24-26. The Student Conservation Association high school trail crew will be working on the Barlow Trail on Mount Kearsarge at Winslow State Park in Wilmot.  Also, SCA will do trailwork on July 28-31.

Increasing use of highland trails

The highland trails in the region’s state parks, such as on Mount Sunapee and on Mount Kearsarge in Winslow State Park, are seeing ever-increasing traffic including use by large groups that meet up to hike, explained Gold.

With the internet and on-line networking and easy access to information, the area is no longer a secret. The well-publicized areas are seeing many more hikers (of varying experience). More use means more wear and tear to the trails and the need for more trail maintenance.

Also, when new hiking opportunities open up with new or expanded land conservation, the call for experienced trail crews increases.

Ideally, a perfect trail crew member is someone who works on their favorite trails and pathways, Gold added.  However, “even if we only need three or four people on a given day, it may take an email list of 100 to find those people ready and able on that day.”

To learn more about joining the area’s Trailwork Community. Email

For information about the Greenway, including SRKG membership ($10/yr), the SRKG Guide, and volunteer opportunities, visit or email

Phillips Preserve protects 71 acres on Goose Hole Road

Phillips Preserve NL NHNew London, NH — With support from New London voters and the town’s Conservation Commission, the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust in June, 2013, added the Phillips Preserve to its list of protected lands in the Kearsarge/Sunapee region.

The 71-acre Phillips Preserve easement, on Goose Hole Road in New London, is owned by the town and managed by the New London Conservation Commission.

The property has over 1,600 feet of frontage on Otter Pond and over 700 feet of frontage on Otter Pond Brook, which flows from Goose Hole Pond into Otter Pond.

The Phillips Preserve is open to the public for low impact recreation, offering significant trails on the property. The easement, managed for timber production, had a recent timber cut on the property that created a substantial view of Mount Sunapee.

At the 2012 Town Meeting, the voters of New London voted unanimously to place a conservation easement on the property.

In 1980, as a memorial to her husband, Stephen, summer resident Bessie Wright Phillips of Salem, Massachusetts, gifted these 71 acres on Otter Pond to the Town of New London.

In the fall of 1993, Mrs. Phillips was recognized nationally for her 7,000-acre donation in the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine.

Prior to her death in 1996, Mrs. Phillips granted easements on her five New London properties on Burpee Hill Road, Little Lake Sunapee and Route 103A, which benefits all that enjoy the regional landscape.

Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet to host Sailing Day


The Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet will host its 2nd Annual Lake Sunapee Sailing Day on Saturday, July 13. Courtesy photo.

Sunapee, NH – The Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet is hosting its 2nd Annual Lake Sunapee Sailing Day on Saturday, July 13, to promote sailing fun on Lake Sunapee. All sailboats from sunfish to cruisers to racers are welcome to join a “Poker Cruise.”

The “Poker Cruise”

Sailboats are invited to rendezvous at the Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet Committee Boat just outside Sunapee Harbor at 1 p.m.

At the Committee Boat each sailboat will receive a map of the course and instructions.

Boats will sail to four marks and back to the Committee Boat. At each mark and the Committee Boat each boat will receive a playing card. The Committee Boat and four power boats anchored at the four marks will be adorned with balloons and easy to locate.

Following the cruise, each crew is invited to bring their “poker hand” to a reception sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet at Pete’s Shed at Sunapee Harbor from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be food and refreshments. Prizes will go to the best “poker hands” and best themed crew costumes.

The Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the sport of sailboat racing on Lake Sunapee and creating friendships. It has been in existence since 1984.

All participating sailboats must meet all vessel requirements as outlined in the Boater’s Guide of New Hampshire. The weather day is Sunday, July 14.

To participate with your sailboat or to get more information, contact Fleet Captain Bill Ames at 603-763-4868 or e-mail

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.

Community bike tune-up and swap held in New London

Geordie Sousa ’13, of Colby-Sawyer College and the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative, was one of the volunteer “mechanics” at the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap on May 4th.  Together with Professor Harvey Pine and fellow student Doug Foley ’15, they estimate they tuned-up 35 bikes.

Geordie Sousa ’13, of Colby-Sawyer College and the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative, was one of the volunteer “mechanics” at the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap on May 4th. Together with Professor Harvey Pine and fellow student Doug Foley ’15, they estimate they tuned-up 35 bikes. Courtesy photo.

New London, N.H. – On the New London Town Green on May 4, the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative (KVTI) hosted a successful Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap that may become an annual KVTI event.

The bike tune-up and exchange was made possible through partnerships and support from Colby-Sawyer College, the New London Police Department, Pizza Chef, Hole in the Fence Café, Arctic Dreams and Village Sports.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon KVTI members distributed coupons contributed by Arctic Dreams, Hole in the Fence Café and Pizza Chef to the 20 community members who donated bikes.  Those members also facilitated 12 swaps for people who brought in smaller bikes and “traded-up” for a larger size, and eight other people went home with a “new” bike.

In addition, three volunteer mechanics were on hand to offer free tune-ups and advice. Professor Harvey Pine from Colby-Sawyer College and students Geordie Sousa ’13 and Doug Foley ’15 worked on approximately 35 bicycles throughout the day.

Two New London Police Department officers, Patrolman Eben Lamson and Detective Tom Anderson, distributed free helmets, and John Kiernan from Village Sports sized the helmets and was on-hand to provided additional technical assistance and equipment as needed.

Candis Whitney from the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative welcomes participants to the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap as they enter the donation area on the New London Town Green. Over 20 bicycles were donated on the May 4 event.

Live music was provided by Ben Dobrowski, co-owner of Greenhill Collective Farm in Sutton, N.H.

Bikes that were not claimed by the end of the day were donated to local children and to Colby-Sawyer’s Chargers Stable, a free bike-share program for students.

The Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative encourages the nine towns in the Kearsarge Valley to develop a greater reliance on local resources – food, energy and human resources in particular – to address the impacts of global issues such as economic insecurity, environmental instabilities, and dependence on non-renewable energy.  Its members include Colby-Sawyer College students, faculty and staff, as well as residents from surrounding communities.

For more information visit the KVTI blog or


Kitewings ride spring winds on Lake Sunapee

Charlie Meding

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:

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.

Center for the Arts: All Things Wild and Wonderful

Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson, South Sutton, will be the guest speaker at All Things Wild and Wonderful, a program hosted by the Lake Sunapee Region Center for the Arts, at the Knowlton House, Sunapee Harbor, on April 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Lake Sunapee Region, N.H. — The Center for the Arts will celebrate New Hampshire’s natural heritage with words, music and art in All Things Wild and Wonderful on Friday, April 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Knowlton House, Sunapee Harbor.

The free program, a CFA’s First Friday event, will include poetry, music and a photography-illustrated talk by naturalist Dave Anderson of South Sutton, N.H. The public is invited to attend.

Anderson will speak about New Hampshire’s “incredible” natural surroundings and how it improves mental and physical health and quality of life.

Anderson designs and delivers education programs and field trips that teach forest and wildlife ecology, forest stewardship, and land conservation. He is the director of Education & Volunteer Services for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forest.

He also writes a column for the New Hampshire Sunday News and for the Forest Society and hosts the bi-monthly program Something Wild on New Hampshire Public Radio.

The evening will also include readings and music: “The Swan” by Mary Oliver  and Dianalee Velie’s “Claire de Lune” followed by Katelyn Croft’s harp rendition of Camille Saint-Saens’ “The Swan” and Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.” And CFA’s Literary Arts Guild will honor the winners of its Second Annual Springing into Poetry contest.

On the First Friday of each month, the Center for the Arts hosts free programs for the community: gallery openings and receptions, music events, and literary and theater nights. For more information, visit www.

Hippity Hop! Sunapee’s Easter Egg Hunt is March 30


Hippity-hop! Sunapee’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 30 at Tilton Park, Route 103B. Photo by Charlotte Carlson.

Five days and counting. Are you ready to hop into spring?

In Sunapee, the Recreation Department is getting ready for is annual Easter Egg Hunt that will be held on Saturday, March 30, at Tilton Park on Route 103B. It starts promptly at 11 a.m.

The community event is for children ages 8 and younger. Bring your own basket and join the fun. There will be over 2000 eggs filled with surprises AND extra special eggs, as well.

Arrive early, as parking is limited, advises Rec Director Scott Blewitt. Additional parking can be found along Maple and Beech streets. The festivities will be held at the Sherburne Gym, Route 11, if the weather is inclement.

Did you know…

Sanctuary Dairy Farm, Sunapee, donates eggs with free ice cream coupons to the Easter egg hunt. The farm donates over 200 eggs to the towns of Sunapee, Newport and New London.

To share your perspective about spring’s arrival this year as well as community news and event announcements, please use the contact page.

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.”

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Land conservation effort underway in Sunapee: Wendell Marsh North

WendellMarshN_trailSunapee, N.H. – An exceptional land conservation effort is underway in Sunapee.

“Sometimes an important resource seems to be on its way to development, and nothing a land trust or concerned neighbors say or do will change the trajectory of that development. That seemed to be the case with the Wendell Marsh area for many years, but today, we have a chance to begin conserving the Wendell Marsh area,” says Land Protection Specialist Beth McGuinn in the Ausbon Sargent newsletter (Winter 2013).

Ausbon Sargent, a regional land trust, and Sunapee Conservation Commission are working to protect 136 acres between Ryder Corner and Wendell Marsh: Wendell Marsh North.

$35,000 in donations and grants is needed to complete the project.

“Most travelers along Rte. 11 in Sunapee are surprised to learn that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department owns only a few acres near the large wooden sign declaring ‘Wendell Marsh Waterfowl Management Area,'” says Ausbon Sargent in its informational sheet on the project.

“The Department’s primary ownership is the right to flood the Sugar River which creates Wendell Marsh, a rich and diverse wildlife habitat. However, the land that filters water draining into the marsh is not conserved. In fact, some of that land was planned for a water bottling facility.”

Wendell Marsh North offers important public benefits

Conserving this land would permanently protect part of the Wendell Marsh watershed and 2200 feet of the brook flowing from Perkins Pond.

WendellMarshN_brookIt would also reserve drinking water wells for municipal uses.

Highlighted by the Sunapee Master Plan as best suited for conservation, the area would provide wildlife habitat for a diversity of species and provide public access for hiking, nature observation, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hunting and snowmobiling.

The conservation commission has been interested in protecting the land around the marsh for many years.

When this land became available last year, Jolyon Johnson, Sunapee, who has long recognized the land’s importance for conservation purposes, stepped in and acquired the parcel. He has offered to sell at a bargain price the 136 acre property to the Town of Sunapee with a conservation easement to Ausbon Sargent.

WendellMarsh_MapAusbon Sargent estimates the project cost is $297,000, which includes “purchase of the property and expenses such as survey, legal, appraisal and stewardship (forever).”

The Sunapee Conservation Commission with a pledge of $252,000 strongly supports the projects.

Funding from private donors is needed to complete the project.

To learn more about the project…

Download/view, from Ausbon Sargent:

Wendell Marsh North Info 1-23-13 (PDF 856KB)

or contact any of the Wendell Marsh North conservation committee members:

  • Debbie Stanley, executive director for Ausbon Sargent
  • Beth McGuinn, land protection specialist for Ausbon Sargent
  • Van Webb, chairman of the Sunapee Conservation Commission
  • Tim Fleury, vice chairman of the Sunapee Conservation Commission

To contribute…

Contributions can be sent to Ausbon Sargent at PO Box 2040, New London, NH 03257. Note that your donation is for “Wendell Marsh North.”

Photos and map reprinted with permission from Ausbon Sargent.

LSPA: Snowshoe walk in Dewey Woods Feb. 15

Enjoy a winter outing, a snowshoe walk in Sunapee Town Forest. Lake Sunapee Protective Association will hold a guided walk of Sawyer Trail in Dewey Woods, Sunapee, on Friday, February 15, at 1 p.m. Cocoa and cookies will be served after the walk at the LSPA Learning Center, Main Street, Sunapee Harbor. Registration required. Call 603-763-2210 or email


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