Flotilla set for Saturday 08/09/14 in Kittery

Wood islandFlotilla will sail to aid Wood Island restoration
August 07, 2014 2:00 AM

KITTERY, Maine — A flotilla of boats led by the gundalow Piscataqua will set sail from Kittery Point to Wood Island and back Saturday in support of restoration efforts of the life saving station there.

“It’s a fun, community thing to do, to let everyone know restoration efforts are under way now,” said Sam Reid, president of the Wood Island Life Saving Station Association.

WILSSA has embarked on a $500,000 fund-raising campaign for external repair of the building and the seawall on Wood Island. Reid said this week that WILSSA is first applying for a number of federal and private grants, and then will seek private funding.

The Aug. 9 event has already attracted about 30 boats, said Reid, from sailboats and motor boats to lobster boats and kayaks. The flotilla will leave from Pepperrell Cove at 4:30 p.m., with the Piscataqua in the lead, he said. The boats will travel around Wood Island and then come back to Pepperrell Cove.

The entire event is expected to last about one hour.

“It’s going to be very simple, and the weather looks like it’s going to cooperate beautifully,” he said.

Anyone with a boat is invited to join in the parade. Those who would like to ride on a boat, or those seeking information, should visit www.woodislandflotilla.org.

“We want to emphasize the importance of restoring the old building,” Reid said.