VCB Rents Boats for Photo Shoots

From Photo Shoots

Just a reminder to all you media-savvy people out there that all of the vessels in our fleet–the seven Whitehall gigs, the pilot gig, the gunning dory, the umiak, and the smaller rowboats now based in Prospect Park, Brooklyn–are available for photo and film shoots and other special events. This year, in fact, rental fees have become a significant source of income for the boathouse

The biggest earner so far has been Warrior, our four-oared dory, whose sleek double-ended lines and natural finish seem to be particularly appealing to art directors and prop masters. In July, the boat was featured in an eight-page photo spread in M, a men’s fashion magazine; this month it was booked again for use in a television commercial for Cup Noodle.

Our Prospect Park rowboats have also been pressed into service. A transplanted Australian couple, Jess and Shane, used one of them as a part of their wedding ceremony in September, and a book-jacket photographer, Lauren Zurchin, will be shooting in another later this month.

If you’re interested in using a boat in a shoot or for a special event, or know someone who might be, please contact Rob Buchanan at

Icebreaker 2014 Slideshow

From Icebreaker 2014

This year, Village Community Boathouse sent two crews to The Icebreaker Northeast Open Water Rowing Championship. The annual race is sponsored by The Hull Lifesaving Museum. Weather conditions for the race on Saturday, November 22 were brutal. The temperature was 39 degrees with sustained winds of 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. The novice teams had difficulty getting off the beach. The Nautical Mile was canceled. Official results for the races that did take place are not yet posted but all the rowers who participated got the coveted “Key to the Harbor.”

Special Thanks to Don and Martha Betts, Sally & Curtis Betts, Riley Hall & Mary Robin Evans