PLATTSBURGH — Just three weeks away from the annual Mayor's Cup Regatta and Festival, organizers have not stopped improving the event.
New this year will be a prime viewing spot at Elks Lodge 621 on Cumberland Avenue, which will offer a public brunch on Saturday, July 12, from its perch atop the bluff overlooking Plattsburgh Bay, where organizers hope the bulk of the racing will take place.
"If we have a south wind like we do today, we can set up the course so most of it is in the bay, and it will be perfect for viewing," race organizer Dr. Kjell Dahlen said Wednesday.
Dahlen was joined by City of Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon and other organizers at a news conference to drum up support for the 37th-annual Mayor's Cup, which will be held July 10 to 13 in and around the city.
Organizer Jake DeSnyder said the Elks Lodge management agreed to open the venue for the race from 8:30 a.m. to noon so people can have a meal and watch from the large windows in the back of the lodge or from the parking lot.
Typically, race watchers will search for any place they can along the shore to catch a glimpse of the boats as they navigate their way through the buoys marking the course.
Dahlen said he expects the number of vessels entered in the regatta to exceed the 70 they had last year.
The race features three classes with separate categories within each class.
This year, it is also part of the Lake Champlain Championship series, which is a six-race competition held throughout the season.
"We expect to have the best racers from Quebec, Vermont and New York because this race is part of that series," Dahlen said.