The 41st Annual Mayor's Cup Regatta and Festival

July 5 - 8, 2018

News Flash! Click here for 2018 Regatta Results!

The Mayor's Cup Regatta and Festival is Plattsburgh's most time-honored and highly anticipated summer tradition on Lake Champlain. The four-day celebration includes the 41stAnnual Regatta, Post-Race BBQ and Award's Ceremony, as well as Live Music, Family Arts & Kid's Activities, and so much more! The Mayor's Cup event is a 100% community funded event with support coming from many generous local businesses and organizations. The proceeds benefit various community projects. CLICK HERE to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
 
 

The Regatta

Known as “the” sailing tradition of Lake Champlain, the Mayor’s Cup Regatta returns July 8th as the signature event of the popular 4-day summer festival in Plattsburgh, NY. Attracting sailboats from throughout the northeast and Quebec, racers face a “no guts, no glory” competition known, since 1978, for its spirited fun and, sometimes, high-seas adventure. When skippers, who compete around the world, claim Lake Champlain as “sailing at its best,” we know our waterfront treasure is no fools gold! CLICK HERE to learn more the 2018 Regatta and past winners. 
 

 

Mayor's Cup T-Shirts

The Mayor's Cup T-Shirts are a long tradition of the event. Each year's design is unique and an essential piece of the weekend's wardrobe. They come in various sizes in both crew and V-neck design. T-Shirts sales help fund various community services throughout the year. CLICK HERE for more information on Mayor's Cup T-Shirts including where you can purchase them - while supplies last!
 
 

Kids and Family Activities

We look forward to having you join us this year for wonderful events for you and your family including: 
  • Vendors (local artisans, artists, baked goods, etc.)
  • Performances - live local music & entertainment
  • Demonstrations (local artists)
  • Creative arts projects for kids
CLICK HERE for the complete calendar of events from 2017 and check back later for the 2018 calendar.
 

Introducing a New Kayak Event for 2018 - First annual Great Champlain Kayak Chain for kayaks, canoes, and SUPs

For the past 41 years Mayor's Cup Regatta & Festival has been all about celebrating summer in the North Country and paying special tribute to our beautiful lake. This year, Sunrise Rotary is very excited to introduce a new event, the Great Champlain Kayak Chain - taking place on Friday, July 6th at 7pm at the small boat launch at the Plattsburgh City Marina.

The "Spirit of Ianelli" Award

The "Spirit of Ianelli" Award was established in 2010 in honor of the late Mayor John Ianelli, former Mayor of the City of Plattsburgh and co-founder of the Mayor’s Cup Regatta in 1977. This honor is bestowed upon one individual – sailor or landlubber – who exemplifies the same “community does matter” spirit that inspired Mayor Ianelli 37 years ago, empowering our lake community to thrive, not only on race day, but every day.  CLICK HERE to read about the 2018 honorees.
 

Past and current Honorees:

2018 - Leigh and Stephens Mundy
2017 - Janet Duprey
2016 - Gordie Little
2015 - Local Law Enforcement of Clinton County, NY
2014 - Kit & Sally Booth
2013 - Bob Wallet
2012 - Roger Harwood
2011 - Matt Spiegel
2010 - Bob Pooler

 

A Celebration of our Lake, our River, our Community

Sunrise Rotary of Plattsburgh looks for opportunities to enhance the sense of community both here and in locations far less fortunate around the globe. The Mayor’s Cup Regatta & Festival, in partnership with the City of Plattsburgh, provides the ideal venue for a community celebration of summer in the North Country.
 
The Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary Club is dedicated to serving our community. Through the proceeds from Mayor's Cup events, we are able to fund and implement various community projects. 
 
The City of Plattsburgh Mayor Read graciously welcomed District Governor Martha Weaver to Plattsburgh on July 5, 2018. Martha was visiting Plattsburgh on the occasion of the kick-off of the 41st annual Mayor's Cup Regatta & Festival hosted by Sunrise Rotary and the City of Plattsburgh. Sunrise Rotary President Doug Kashorek and other members of the Sunrise and Noon clubs were on hand for the welcome ceremony that took place in front of the McDonough monument overlooking the Saranac River and Lake Champlain.
 
 
 

Largest sailboat regatta on Lake Champlain remains the festival's highlight

City of Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read (left) and Sunrise Rotary Club President James Snook unveil the 2018 Mayor's Cup T-shirt design during a press conference at the City Council Chambers at City Hall on Tuesday. This year's festival kicks off the day after the Fourth of July celebration in the city, taking place July 5 through 8.
 

Sailboats from the Northeast will be on Lake Champlain for the 40th annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta at 10 a.m. today.

The regatta, a signature event of the four-day Mayor’s Cup Regatta and Festival, will feature races divided into three divisions — Racing, Cruising and Multihull.

Regatta coordinator Dr. Kjell Dahlen said the regatta brings talented sailors to Lake Champlain and also helps showcase Plattsburgh and the North Country.

Harsh winds and the threat of lightning did not prevent the 39th-Annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta from taking place Saturday on Lake Champlain, nor did it keep Plattsburgh’s Michael Parsons from capturing the coveted Mayor’s Cup trophy. Parsons and skipper Peter Hall of Montreal, Quebec, helped lead the crew of Obelix to a victory in the Racing division, finishing with a corrected time of two hours, eight minutes and 50 seconds.
 
Michael Parsons, holding the Mayor’s cup, poses for a photo with his Obelix crew, including skipper Peter Hall (center), at the Mayor’s Cup Regatta awards ceremony Saturday. (Photo credit, Joey LaFranca, P-R)
 
The Mayor's Cup Regatta & Festival Committee is pleased to announce that Gordie Little has been named the 2016 "Spirit of Ianelli" Award honoree.
 
The "Spirit of Ianelli" Award was established in 2010 in honor of the late Mayor John Ianelli, former Mayor of the City of Plattsburgh and co-founder of the Mayor’s Cup Regatta in 1977. This honor is bestowed upon an individual – sailor or landlubber – who exemplifies the same “community does matter” spirit that inspired Mayor Ianelli 38 years ago, empowering our lake community to thrive, not only on race day, but every day.
 
Mayor's Cup in the News
Sun Community News - July 13, 2018
 
Sun Community News - July 12, 2018
 
Press Republican - July 8, 2018
 
More than 50 boats compete in the race
WPTZ - July 7, 2018
 
Press Republican - July 7, 2018
 
ABC 22/Fox 44 My Champlain Valley - July 6, 2018
 
Press Republican - July 6, 2018
 
Press Republican - July 6, 2018
 
Press Republican - July 6, 2018
 
WPTZ - July 5, 2018
 
ABC 22/Fox 44 My Champlain Valley - July 5, 2018
 
The Sun, June 30, 2018
 
Press Republican - June 13, 2018
 
The Sun - May 31, 2018
 
Press Republican - June 23, 2017
 
WAMC - June 6, 2017
 
Press Republican - June 2, 2017
 
WPTZ - June 2, 2017
 
My Champlain Valley - June 2, 2017
 
Parsons weathers the storm to win regatta 
Press Republican- July 10, 2016 
 
Mayor's Cup Regatta & Festival a Windy Success
My Champlain Valley - July 9, 2016 
 
Breeze of excitement building for Mayor's Cup
Press Republican- June 30, 2016