3rd Annual Dan Harris Challenge

and Forward Stroke Clinic

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Daniel Jefferson Harris jumped ship in 1853 in Victoria and rowed a dory through the San Juan Islands to step ashore in what is now Harris Bay to name the area “Fairhaven.” Because he worked hard but rarely bathed he was called “Dirty” Dan Harris by the settlers that followed after him. Dan rowed vegetables and raw goods to Victoria once a month to trade for Hudson Bay blankets, rum, and linens which he sold on his return to Fairhaven. He speculated his homesteaded land into a fortune and died a rich man in Los Angeles.

Once again, rowers and paddlers will race along the Fairhaven waterfront in what is becoming one of the most challenging and spectator-friendly races in the Northwest. 

With a mile and a half of the race start and finish along Bellingham’s Taylor Avenue dock and Boulevard Park, spectators can watch the mass start of rowers and paddlers and their sprint toward the finish after almost 9 miles of all-out racing. They’ll see the long finishing glide of the exhausted paddlers with beautiful Bellingham Bay as the backdrop, hearty congratulations and a post-race all-you-can-eat BBQ.

After all contestants are back on their feet, door prizes, awards , food and the rest of the Dirty Dan Days celebration at the Village Green await them… or, the Stroke Clinic immediately following the finish of the Dan Harris Challenge.

Come join the Dirty Dan Days celebration on the waterfront by racing in the Dan Harris Challenge, or cheer your friends at the start and finish. Either way, it’s a wonderful way to celebrate the start of the spring racing season in Bellingham Bay... Bragging rights last all year.




Start of 2006 DHC by David Scherrer


Contact New Whatcom Rowing: P.O Box 4453,  Bellingham, WA 98227,
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