The Annual Mayor's Cup Regatta &Festival

[2020 Festival has been cancelled and the status of the Regatta is pending. Read more.]

The Mayor's Cup Regatta & Festival is Plattsburgh's most time-honored and highly anticipated summer tradition on Lake Champlain. 
 
Unfortunately, as a result of the current social distancing protocols in place, and with the realization that they will be in effect for the foreseeable future, the Sunrise Rotary Mayor’s Cup Committee decided on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, to cancel the Mayor’s Cup Festival scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 11, 2020. However, it is conceivable that as the summer approaches there may be less stringent social distancing protocols that would allow boats to compete in the Mayor’s Cup Regatta, with races currently still scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2020. The status of the 2020 Mayor's Cup Regatta will be confirmed on June 27, 2020. 
 
On a brighter note, Sunrise Rotary’s Mayor’s Cup Regatta & Festival will return next year on Saturday, July 10, 2021. The club has plans to host the one-day Mayor’s Cup Festival at a new and exciting venue and is in the process of designing a festive logo and t-shirt.
 
Known as “the” sailing tradition of Lake Champlain, the Mayor’s Cup Regatta is the signature event of the popular 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 Regatta and the 2019 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. T-Shirts sales help Sunrise Rotary fund various community services throughout the year. CLICK HERE to learn more.
The Festival - Kids and Family Activities
Sunrise Rotary is working on an exciting Mayor's Cup Festival calendar of events for the whole family to enjoy next year on Saturday, July 10, 2021 and we look forward to sharing details with you in the coming weeks ahead!
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 1978. This honor is bestowed upon one individual – sailor or landlubber – who exemplifies the same “community does matter” spirit that inspired Mayor Ianelli 43 years ago, empowering our lake community to thrive, not only on race day, but every day.  CLICK HERE to learn more about submitting a nomination for 2020!

Past Honorees:

2019 - The Plattsburgh Air Park Restoration Group of Volunteers
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
The Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary Club 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 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. Thanks to proceeds from Mayor's Cup events, we are able to fund and implement various community projects. Learn more about Sunrise Rotary
Mayor's Cup in the News
Press Republican - May 18, 2020
 
WPTZ - May 12, 2020
 
Press-Republican - May 12, 2020
 
WAMC - May 12, 2020
 
Press-Republican - July 7, 2019
 
READY, SET, SAIL!
Press- Republican - July 6, 2019
 
WCAX - July 5, 2019
 
Press Republican - July 4, 2019
 
Sun Community News - July 1, 2019
 
Lake Champlain Weekly - June 26, 2019
 
Press Republican - June 21, 2019
 
WAMC - June 11, 2019
 
Sun Community News - June 8, 2019
 
Press-Republican - May 30, 2019
 
Press-Republican May 26, 2019
 
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