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A 'Sunrise' holds promise for the 30th annual Mayor's Cup

PLATTSBURGH The Sunrise Rotary Club of Plattsburgh has recently unveiled plans to hold the 30th Annual Mayors Cup Regatta July 7, but with some cool new additions. Sure, the regatta has become the largest sailboat race on Lake Champlain, with some 100 boats and 400-500 sailors, but what about the land-landlubbers? Weve been trying to find ways to get more people out on the water, people that dont usually get the chance to get out there and see how beautiful and exciting the sailboat races can be, said Rotarian Mary Ann Castine. We are trying to make this (Lake Champlain/ Plattsburgh waterfront) a destination for tourism and for family fun, said Castine of Multi-Media Marketing. So far the plans include bringing a passenger ferry to the docks at the Plattsburgh Boat Basin. That will make a great venue for weekend-long entertainment, including a Friday night Splash Party dinner and dance a chance for the public to go out and enjoy one of two regatta observation cruises that will be offered during the Mayors Cup race. Fellow Sunrise Rotarian, Dr. Jake DeSnyder, is working on plans to hold a Parade of Lights, which will be held Thursday evening (July 5). Boat owners will be encouraged to decorate their vessels and meet at the Wilcox Dock. From there the boats will parade in front of Lake Forest Senior Living Community and then will return to the Plattsburgh Boat Basin where the judging will take place. With children and families in mind, a Bike Ride has also been planned for July 7. Castine said that event is still in the planning stages, but has been the result of a collaboration of efforts of Rotarians with ties to the Lake Champlain Transportation Museum and a bicycle safety group. Castine added that thanks to the generosity of the Martin, Harding and Mazzotti law firm, the first 500 participants will receive a new helmet and all in attendance will have a chance to win a new bike. Castine said the Sunrise Rotary would love to hear from anyone in the community that may have other event ideas to share - or that are willing to get involved. We also need sponsors, she added, we would love to be able to provide the cruises free of charge or at least at a reduced price so that everyone can afford to take part in this wonderful opportunity to get out there on the lake. We are hoping to be able to market this with a full calendar of events, and we want it to be built upon in the next few years as we gear up for the VT\NY Quadricentennial celebrations, Castine said. Castine recalled an expression used by Dr. Celine Racine Paquette in reference to the 400th year celebration of Lake Champlain, Quadra-size it! Thats what we need to do with the Mayors Cup too!

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