New Paltz Regatta

Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Join us for the 69th regatta!

Parade kicks off at 1pm. Boats meet at New Paltz Village Hall at 12pm

Starting this year, there is no fee to register!

Please contact us if your group needs help with funding for building materials.

About the Regatta

The New Paltz Regatta dates back to May 15, 1955 when the Delta Kappa Fraternity of SUNY New Paltz held a strange regatta on the Wallkill River. A massive auto-parade helped carry strange crafts of all types. The homemade crafts were concocted of materials ranging from barrels to tractor inner tubes, some held together with little more than ropes and wires.

Nearly a thousand students and townspeople lined both banks of the Wallkill River to watch the excitement. The race began at the “Old Swimming Hole”, which today is now the New Paltz boat launch on Plains Road. After all the crafts enter the waters of the Wallkill, they scramble downstream about a quarter of a mile, splashing and floundering for the finishing line, the Carmine Liberta Bridge.

The tradition of the Regatta carries on today and has become a symbol of community, eccentricity, and the welcoming of the summer months here in our beautiful Hudson Valley!

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Every year, we donate 25% of all proceeds to Riverkeeper.