PLATTSBURGH — Skippers from New York, New England and southern Quebec will make their yearly pilgrimage to the shores of Lake Champlain for the 36th-Annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta at 10 a.m. today.
Known as “the sailing tradition” on the freshwater lake, the Regatta is the signature event of the four-day festival.
“There are some new boats participating that haven’t entered before, and we do expect it to be competitive,” event organizer Kjell Dahlen said. “We’re hoping for nice weather and good participation. The forecast is calling for better weather than what we’ve had as of late.”
More than 60 boats are expected to be on hand, with races divided into three divisions — Multihull, Cruising and Racing.
The Multihull division has two classes for catamarans, multihulled vessels consisting of two parallel hulls of equal size.
Feral Cat, operated by Ted Feurer of Scotia, captured the Multihull division title last summer in one hour, six minutes and 29 seconds.
The Cruising division does not compete with spinnakers, which is a special lightweight sail specifically designed for traveling off of the wind.
The Cruising division’s champion, though, will be presented with the Rotary Cup, the trophy awarded by the Sunrise Rotary Club since organizing the event in 1997.
Plattsburgh’s Andy Sajor piloted his 1979 boat, Chaoursarou, to victory in 2012, finishing with a time of 2:34:47.
In the five classes of the Racing division, competitors use a larger sailing inventory, including spinnakers. It’s the headline event, and crews in the Racing division hope to win the coveted Mayor’s Cup trophy.
After missing the 2011 championship by a mere 10 seconds, Walter Marti of South Burlington, Vt., and the crew of Avena won the 2012 Mayor’s Cup in 3:23:15.
“Most of the boats competing will be in (the Racing division),” Dahlen said. “Walter Marti is coming back to defend his title. His experience helps, but other people competing are experienced with Lake Champlain, too. Matt Trombley from Plattsburgh will be skipping a new boat to the area, and he may be competitive.”
This morning’s forecast is sunny, with a high near 84 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Calm winds coming from the southeast are expected to be five to nine mph in the morning.
Conditions on the lake are expected to be challenging, with waves less than one foot high.
“We expect really light winds, which in boat racing makes things more difficult,” Dahlen said. “You have to search for the little wind you have, and it’s easy to get stuck in the light air and stop moving. As an event organizer, I’m hoping for more wind. The entry list probably would have been bigger if not for the rain as of late.”
The 36th-Annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta will conclude with an awards ceremony and barbeque from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Naked Turtle on Dock Street.
36th Annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta
Name Boat Division Class City
Marc Deslauriers The First Crusing A Verdun
Jocelyn Duteau The Avengers Crusing A Lacolle
Cinthia Audet Etoile-d’Argent Cruising A Laval
Jeff Bourdeau Spearmint Crusing A South Burlington
Francois Bertheau Chaika Cruising A Beaconsfield
Richard Hegney Golf Free Crusing B Westerlo
Bruce Routliffe Velocity 1 Crusing B Deux Montagnes
Daniel Hancock O’De Vent Crusing B St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Martin Rousseau Mad Max III Crusing B St-Bruno-de-Monta.
Mark Baglini Apres Ski Crusing B Essex
Olivier Bouverat Lotus Crusing B Rosemere
Richard Villamil Victory Crusing B Essex Junction
Jeff Tobrocke Kaizen Crusing C Hinesburg
Larry Hinkley Full Fraes Cruising C Keeseville
Wallace Good Sand Piper Crusing C St. Albans
Ulrich Holzinger Edelweiss II Crusing C Bridport
Michael O’Brien Audrie May Crusing D Corinth
William Whalen Remedy III Crusing D Essex Junction
Nicholas Gibault NUNAVIK Crusing D Montreal
Charles Morin Nunavik Crusing D Montreal
William Rogers Oriel Crusing D South Burlington
Tim McGuill Patina Crusing D Williston
Yves Vachon Le Saint Yves Crusing D Verdun
Barry Brogan Gibro 95 Crusing E Saranac Lake
Arthur Jubin Whiskers Crusing E Lake Placid
Dan Kisel Big T Multihull Balston Spa
Peter Knapp Torrie Two Multihull Castleton
Kim Roberts Shaboom-Shaboom Multihull Duanesburg
Christopher Anderson Mir Cat Multihull High Falls
Tom Field This Side Up Multihull Delmar
Ted Feurer Feral Cat Multihull Scotia
Robert Denninger Bob’s Toy Multihull Albany
Peter Alessio WingWalker Multihull Pittsfield
Devin Van Zandt F-24 Multihull Greenfield Center
Bill Hotaling Hobie 16 Multihull Clifton Park
Miro Balcar ENDO X Racing A Montreal
John Thouron Dunder Racing A Waterbury Center
Jean-Pierre Turgeon Galilee Racing A Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle
Ed Trombley Odinn Racing A Morrisonville
Bill Fastiggi Buffalo Theory Racing A Winooski
Stephen Unsworth Morning Star IV Racing A Shelburne
Walt Marti Avena Racing A South Burlington
Craig Meyerson Souvenir Racing A Albany
Lawrence Robinson Kuja 2 Racing A Slingerlands
Donald Duley Real Escape Racing A Plattsburgh
Brad Dumas Viper 640 Racing B Plattsburgh
Tom Glynn Sundance Racing B Jeffersonville
Robert Fardelmann Imagine Racing B Colchester
Michael Parsons Witchcraft Racing B Plattsburgh
Dennis Manion Liverpool Jarge Racing B Plattsburgh
Jack Wallace Boomer Racing B Shelburne
Christopher Morris Dalliance Racing B South Hero
Leslie Velte Talisman Racing C Londonderry
Daniel Pratt Lift Ticket Racing C Essex Junction
Mark Gardner Zoraida Racing C Colchester
Chris Downing Lady Falcon Racing C Essex
Robin-Elizabeth Doyle Thunder Duck Racing C Milton
Gerald Couture Thankful Racing C Burlington
Michael Quaid Ice Cube Racing C Williston
Skip McClelan Skip Racing C South Burlington
Charles Surber Elysian Racing C Morrisonville