The Second Annual Pumpkinboat Regatta, held in 2008, was the topic of an in-depth segment on Discovery Channel's "Wreckreation Nation". It was there that the rules were explained as "there are no rules and no fouls, other than that the pumpkin needs to float and needs to go really fast"! Described as the "extreme sport of gardening," this real-life jack-in-the- beanstalk sport has been seen by over 30,000 fans, including U.S. Senator Susan Collins and WCSH's Bill Green. Visitors have flocked to Damariscotta since then to watch giant gourds -steered by captains either paddling or powered by "wicked nice motors"- ply the waters of the Damariscotta River.
In 2012, a reporter for the ABC afternoon talk show The Chew participated in the Sixth Annual Pumpkinboat Regatta, and the entire Damariscotta Pumpkinfest was covered on their October show.
In 2013, CBS News - Sunday Morning show featured the regatta in an in-depth segment! The top three winners in the Powerboat Division in 2013 included Christian Rioux, Buzz Pinkham and Tom Lishness, respectively.
The Ninth Annual Pumpkinfest
Regatta will kick off at around noon on Monday, Columbus Day
2015, depending on the tides. (Needless to say, those 600# pumpkinboats
need HIGH TIDE to be able to float & go really fast !) Please
check this web site later in the Spring for the updated 2015
In the Powerboat division,
the pumpkinboats are actually outfitted with a 5-10 hp outboard
motor, resulting in a crowd-pleasing and memorable race. All
teams in both divisions will be competing for the coveted "Golden
The regatta can be viewed harbor-side, or via a "live feed" into The Lincoln Theater, where spectators are able to watch the event, seated in the warmth and comfort of the historic theater.
Interested Squashbucklers are encouraged to contact Bill Clark at 207-563-8512 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All Regatta participants must sign a waiver, as well as attend a captains meeting prior to the Regatta, for a detailed safety briefing.