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Students row boats that they built

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

About 140 students piled onto the dock at the South Burlington Boat House ready for the race to begin.

Taylor Gloyd from the South Burlington Row Team said, "It's good to be out here, it's really awesome."

The James Wakefield Rescue Row is an annual youth rowing race that welcomes students from local high schools and rowers from as far as Maine.

One coach, Tammy Brown, said, "We been making this trek for 11 years."

The 25 and 32 foot boats in the race are built by the students themselves.

Nick Patch the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Director explained, "At the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum we build and row these boats with seven regional schools."

Once the hard labor is done, the rowers bring the skill. 21 rowing crews will participate in 6 races taking different routes on the lake.

Sarina Cannizzaro explains the course,  "We start at the end of the break water down there and then we row down to the boathouse."

"It's a competitive program but we pride ourselves in being very inclusive to everybody in any of these rowing programs that wants to row," said Patch.

But only one team in each race can come out on top...

In the four-oared race, South Burlington takes first place in the Intermediate division.

Sai Andra of the South Burlington Row Team said, "Definitely excited, this is my second year doing it so, have some experience, still getting there."

But it wasn't smooth sailing to the number one spot...

"There was a little bit of trouble in the race, we couldn't get our feet under the foot rest so just had to work it out." said Andra.

The North Haven Community School Rowers also ran into a little trouble on the water...

Adrianna Ames from the North Haven Community School said, "Our last race we got run into by another boat so my rudder fell out so that turned the boat and we were all in a big mess but we came together."

But the team still managed to snag fifth place and they'll be back for more next year.

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