Teams to build boats in Reach Centre fundraiser

Published on August 11, 2014

David McInnis, left, Jill Cameron, centre, and Leza Matheson-Wolters prepare for the Reach Regatta fundraiser for the Reach Centre.

©Guardian photo by Heather Taweel

A unique fundraiser is planned for the Charlottetown waterfront on Aug. 23.

The first Reach Regatta will take place near the big 2014 numbers by Founders Hall in Charlottetown.

The fundraiser is organized by the Reach Centre, a non-profit organization in Stratford, dedicated to working with youth who struggle with addiction and mental health issues.

Teams of four will be provided with two sheets of plywood, nails, a roll of duct tape and a few tools and be given 90 minutes to build a boat, thanks to the major sponsor Kent Building Supplies. Teams will then race to the marina, grab a flag and try to sail their newly built boats to the finish line.

The boat build begins at 11 a.m.. The race will take place at 1:30 p.m.

Event organizer Leza Matheson-Wolters says they are excited to see what unfolds on Aug. 23.

“It is a great opportunity for the community to come together, have some fun while working towards a common goal of supporting our youth,” said Matheson-Wolters.

“We invite the public to come down and cheer on their favourite team, vote for their favourite boat design, grab a hamburger and the watch the race. There is even a Titanic Award for the boat that sinks.”

The Reach Regatta is still accepting team entries. If you would like to submit or sponsor a team please contact or 902-393-4727.