Our first “Roaring Brook Lake Regatta” took place ┬áJuly 20. When we lived on Lake Geneva in Switzerland every year they had something called the “Bol d’Or” where several hundred sailboats of all shapes and sizes raced from one end of the lake to the other and back. It was really quite spectacular. I suppose we were expecting something along these lines – but of course with fewer boats. I understand from old time residents that once upon a time there were quite a few boats, but this is no longer the case. In fact the sailboat with the pennants in the picture was the only one to turn up and it never left children’s beach. So it was more of a party on children’s beach. Cold drinks and other snacks were served and later there was a barbecue. There were swimming races for the kids. Everybody seemed to be having a great time. It just wasn’t what I thought of as a regatta. Here are a few snapshots:

Balloon Arch near the entrance to Children’s Beach

Waiting for the swimming races to begin.

And they’re off!

The end of a race

Family fun in the water

Nail hammering contest

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