BRATTLEBORO >> There will be 300 rowers competing in the 35th Green Mountain Head sculling regatta on Sunday in Putney, with a quart of the prized locally produced Vermont maple syrup — also known as Vermont gold — on the line. This will lead to some very intense racing and has even caught the attention of a couple of this year's Olympic medalists.
Tessa Gobbo, an Olympic gold medalist in the women's eight in Rio and a Chesterfield, N.H. native, will team up with her mother in an attempt to win two quarts of Vermont gold. Linda Gobbo, who is an enthusiastic Olympic spectator, has no racing experience herself.
Also competing will be Gevvie Stone, a Newton, Mass. resident who is the Olympic silver medalist in the single scull event. Her father, Greg Stone, who is also her coach and himself a former national team rower will also be racing on Sunday.
Rowers with varying ranges of experience will be competing in the same races. This event is an important lead up to the world's biggest rowing regatta, the Head Of The Charles, and is a good opportunity for rowers of all ages and abilities to socialize and relax. Among the newcomers to the sport are eight students from the Putney School who are just beginning their rowing activity.
The regatta will be held at the Dummerston boat landing, which is near the Putney boat landing, starting at 9:45 a.m. The race is over a three-mile course, starting and finishing at the Dummerston boat landing, and is limited to single sculls (boats about 27 feet long, about 10 inches wide and weighing about 30 pounds) and double sculls (boats about 33 feet long, about 14 inches wide and weighing about 60 pounds).