New Paltz Regatta 2015

May 3th, 2015

60th Anniversary!

Get Ready for the 2015 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 down Main Street New Paltz, NY. 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 Rt. 299 Bridge.

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


Regatta Rules

  • Only raft style boats.
  • All boats in competition must be hand crafted by participants.
  • No motors.
  • Each year, the base of previously used Regatta boats may be reused, but there must be a new overall theme.

Prize Categories

  • Best In Show
  • Most Creative
  • Most Theatrical
  • Green Award
  • Funniest
  • Fastest
  • Most Likely To Sink

2015 Committee