On Saturday, July 23, the Town of Waterville Valley Recreation Department hosted the annual Ugotta Regatta at Corcoran Pond.
The morning started off with a sand castle contest on the beach. An amazing “Royal Palace” won Most Creative, a WV logo won Most Patriotic, and “Castle in the Valley” won the Most Grand award.
A hardy group of 15 kayakers raced through the Waterville Valley Fire Department’s water cannon – out and around the rock and back to the dock. Canoers raced in two heats with three canoes filled with two teammates. They raced to the beach where one teammate had to get out and do 10 dizzy bats, then race back to the dock. In the first heat, all three canoes managed to tip over and fill with water, which made for an exciting and hilarious race! The last heat was smooth sailing…errr canoing…and all participants finished soaking wet and full of smiles.
The day wrapped up with the Boat Oughtta Float challenge. Three teams created homemade boats: Waterville Valley Bike Shop’s “Tubey Jr.,” Brooke and Dylan’s “Flat Stanley,” and the Boat Boy’s one and only “Racer X.” The teams had an exciting race from the beach to the boat rentals dock, and then back to the beach, as they tried to keep their boats from falling apart and keep all teammates on or holding their creations. The race was neck and neck between “Tubey Jr.” and “Racer X” until the end when “Tubey Jr.” pulled through for the win! Congratulations to Mike and Hans, creators of “Tubey Jr.” for winning the Gulovsen trophy, which will be displayed at the Waterville Valley Adventure Center for the next year!
Start planning your homemade float for next year’s Ugotta Regatta!
Photos courtesy of the Waterville Valley Recreation Department.