Many cottage associations host annual regattas. But Chandos Lake’s Regatta (in the North Kawartha area) is so so so good Cottage Life highlighted theirs as the example of how to do it right.
Cottage Life quotes the chair of the Chandos Lake Regatta Committee saying:
To see the kids’ faces when they put on their medals–they’re so excited
I have to say, watching the video above, most of the ‘kids’ I see are hottie 20-somethings bouncing around in potato sack races, but hey, it’s all good clean fun happening in Chandos Lake.
So with Chandos Lake’s Regatta as the shining example, here are their tips (abbreviated from Cottage Life) to making a Regatta truly rock:
- Get the basics: You’ll need water with access to parking and bathrooms, and a summer weekend
- Get Silly. Canoe races with pie plates are much more fun
- Feed People: Get some burgers n’ dogs donated, and get a liquor permit to keep the crowds imbibed
- Market it!: We know about this stuff–flyers, newsletters and social media to get the word out
- Deploy Volunteers: You’ll need lots of people to make it happen
Since it is the shining-star of Regatta, here’s a short video featuring all the shenanigans that go down at the Chandos Lake Regatta.