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Tupper Lake to host No-Octane Regatta

TUPPER LAKE Those looking for a fun activity with Dad or the entire family might want to consider going to the No-Octane Regatta in Tupper Lake.

The No-Octane Regatta will take place on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For fifteen years the Adirondack Museum held a regatta for non-motorized wooden boats on Fathers Day weekend, and it became a favorite occasion for boat enthusiasts to splash into summer.

After a years hiatus, the event will be revived on Little Wolf Lake, located just outside the Village of Tupper Lake. The regatta will combine water-based and land-based events for a full day of activity. Canoes, rowboats, Adirondack guide boats and sailboats will participate.

Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marti Mozdzier welcomed the event, saying it was a good fit for the community.

"It's very consistent with the character of Tupper Lake. So many of our residents are boating enthusiasts, said Mozdzier. Much of the community borders the shore of Tupper Lake, Raquette Pond and Little Wolf. We have a tremendous amount of shoreline, and many people really enjoy their watersports.

Many of the water events, like the dunk race, hurry-scurry, and jousting were favorites in Adirondack regattas a century ago, and test a skippers sense of humor as well as boat-handling. Sprint races show off strength, boat design and speed. For endurance paddlers, there is a 9-mile race on Raquette River. The day will end with a boat parade.

Mozdzier said the war canoes were a particular attraction of the event, and participants willing to row the canoes were being sought. She explained the boats moved so fast that it was possible to tow a waterskier using them.

On land, boat builders will demonstrate their skills and answer questions about building and restoring regional boats. Displays will help visitors learn to recognize identifying features of North Country boats and trademark style of individual builders. There will be activities for children throughout the day. Demonstrators include Rob Frenette of Tupper Lake, Chris Woodward of Saranac Lake and Bill Smithers of Macomb.

Woodcarver Ron Riley will run childrens workshops throughout the day, Caleb Davis will demonstrate paddle making and John Miller III will paint souvenir paddles and talk about tourist arts in the Adirondacks.

The event is sponsored by the Adirondack Museum, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, the Town of Tupper Lake, the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Adirondack Watershed Alliance.

Mozdzier said she hoped the event would become a regular feature of Tupper Lake.

Come and have fun. Bring your boat if you've got one its going to be a wonderful day of activities, said Mozdzier.

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