Lock Haven Regatta wins national award

Jaycees proud, seeking more members

This award recognized the Lock Haven Area Jaycess annual Labor Day Regatta as the "best site" in 2019.

SEATTLE – The Lock Haven Area Jaycess’ annual Regatta powerboat race has won the “2019 Best Site of the Year award as bestowed by the American Powerboat Association (APBA).

The honor was announced recently during the APBA’s annual awards banquet, held this year in Seattle, Wash.

News of the honor was released by Delaware Valley Outboard, a regional powerboat racing organization.

Delaware Valley Outboard is the organization through which the Lock Haven Area Jaycees’ annual Labor Day Regatta powerboat race is sanctioned by the American Powerboat Association.

DuWayne Kunes, Jaycees acting treasurer, brought news of the national award to The Express on Wednesday afternoon.

“You gotta regatta!” was Kunes’ initial reaction to the honor.

Kunes said the the local regatta – due to the large number of competitors – has been the largest race of its kind in the United States the last three years running.

He expects that to be the case this summer.

But the Regatta is more than just racing, he said.

Live entertainment, arts and crafts, rides and food .. they all make it work so well,” he said.

2020 marks the local Regatta’s 50th anniversary.

Kunes said the Jaycees are planning some special events, but sure could use more members and volunteers.

“We have to get more and new members,” he emphasized.

“Or, we’re in danger of this great event ending.”

This year, the four-day Regatta will be held Sept. 4, 5, 6 and 7 along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River on both the City of Lock Haven and Woodward Township sides.

The Delaware Valley Outboard said on its social media page, “Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported this race for what will now be 50 years. If you have ever been to Lock Haven, you know why DVORA was awarded Best Site! See you, Labor Day Weekend!