Regatta for Lake Champlain - July 24 & 25!

Photo by Carolyn L. Bates

Get out on the water and support great lake-related causes - including the Lake Champlain Committee - by participating in the 2009 Regatta for Lake Champlain! The event kicks off Friday, July 24th from 7:30 pm to midnight at the ECHO Science Center in Burlington, VT with a Lake Lovers' Dance Party.  In addition to great entertainment, food and drink, there will be many door prizes and a silent auction featuring a 4 day/3 night vacation at Andros Beach Club in the Bahamas and lots more. Tickets for the lake benefit are $15/person, or $25/pair (21 years and up) and can be purchased at the door or in advance from

The Regatta Sailing Race will be held on Saturday, July 25th, at 11:30 am just outside Burlington Harbor. Awards for this family-friendly pursuit-style race are given for placement in various classes, the Largest All-Family Crew, Last Boat, Youngest Crew, All Female Crew, Oldest Boat, and Middle of the Fleet. The boat that raises the  most sponsorship money wins a special prize for the entire crew. The "pursuit" race has a staggered start to eliminate the stress and jockeying of a traditional race. Participating boats are given a handicap based on the length of the course and the speed potential of the boat. Smaller boats start first. The appeal of the race is that it brings all the classes of boats to the finish line around the same time making for a fun and exciting conclusion! The Regatta is open to racer, cruiser, or daysailor sailboats. For pre-race party and race entry details, prize and award information, or to sign up a crew or sponsor a boat, go to

Since 2004 the Regatta has raised over $40,000 for lake causes. Over $10,000 has been donated to the Lake Champlain Committee to support our water quality protection and lake access work.