On Saturday, July 4th at 11:00 AM, the inaugural San Agustín Rowing Challenge will be presented by the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation on the downtown waterfront. It’s the Men’s “Sons of Neptune” versus the Women’s “San Agustín Sirens” rowing crews. They’ll each take a turn rowing the San Agustín Chalupa competing against the tides and the clock.


Dr. Sam Turner (front row, left) is captain of the Sons of Neptune chalupa rowing team.

Dr. Sam Turner, Director of Archaeology at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, will be captain of the Sons of Neptune team and Executive Director Kathy Fleming will be one of the judges.

Watching a “Chalupa” a utility wooden workboat rowed along the waterfront was an activity familiar to the towns’ folks who lived here during St. Augustine’s 16th century Spanish Colonial period.

On July 4th spectators are going to see it in live action!