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Largest Gathering of Adirondack Guideboats Ever

Discussion in 'Adirondack Guideboats' started by John Michne, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. John Michne

    John Michne Recovering stripper

    Organizers Planning for Largest Gathering of Adirondack Guideboats Ever

    (Saranac Lake, NY) Sunday July 1, 2012 will mark the 50th annual Willard Hanmer Guideboat Race commemorating Willard Hanmer the preeminent Guide Boat builder of his era. The race has been celebrated every year since 1962 on the Sunday closest to the 4th of July. This year, to celebrate the craftsmanship of this uniquely Adirondack craft, the organizers are planning a display of over 50 guideboats in a guideboat parade on Lake Flower prior to the race. The guideboat parade will be open to anyone wishing to display their guideboat. Natalie Bombard Corl Leduc, a participant in the inaugural race invites all past participants of the race to row in the parade. For those wishing to display their guideboats or participate in the guideboat parade contact:

    Following the parade will be guideboat, canoe and kayak races. This year the one-person guideboat race will follow the traditional route on Lake Flower, carry around the dam and down the Saranac River to the Fish and Game Club where there will be food, refreshments ands festivities for the whole family. Canoes and kayaks will be following the one person guideboat course, also going down the river. For those wishing to race in either the guideboat, recreational canoe or kayak classes contact:

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Chris Covert, 518-891-1144 or
  2. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    This is great timing, as the guideboat gathering will take place on the Sunday that all the WCHA folks are driving home from Assembly. I usually bring my guideboat to the Assemblies at Paul Smiths, so I am planning to attend the Saranac Lake event on the way home....

  3. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    From what little I was able to glean on the Hanmer races from the Internet, they apparently (used to?) have a war canoe class race.
  4. JHomer

    JHomer Continuing the Tradition

    You can contact Chris to find out more information on War Canoes, see below:

    Contact: Chris Covert, 518-891-1144 or
  5. Charger

    Charger Woodworker

    This sounds like a fun day. I would really like to see 50 guideboats in one place in surroundings other then a museum. I am going to plan on being there with my guideboat but will only do the parade as racing it is out of the question as my arms won't let me. LOL Thanks for the heads up on this event John.
  6. Rich Jones

    Rich Jones Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Do you know when the race will start on that Sunday morning? It's something I'd like to see.
  7. Guideboat parade starts at 9:30 am; Races start at 11:00 am. Hope to see you there.
  8. Charger

    Charger Woodworker


    OK So who is planning on going to Saranac Lake, NY on July 1st for this gathering? I already have my room reserved right across the lake from the park. Come on let's hear from you.
  9. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Deborah and I hope to stop by for at least a short time on our way home from the WCHA Assembly -- it's only a very few miles away.
  10. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

  11. Charger

    Charger Woodworker

    Two Weeks and counting to this gathering at Saranac Lake. I don't know about all of you but I am looking forward to being there and seeing all the guideboats on display and parading with them on Lake Flower.
  12. We are shaking all the trees around here trying to chase all the old boats out of hiding. It is proving harder then we had hoped. Everybody that has a guideboat is welcome to bring it and display it, especially in the parade of boats on the lake.
  13. Charger

    Charger Woodworker

    Hello Everyone, Well I am about to load up my Guide Boat and head out to Saranac Lake,New York. If we encounter no problems we should be there by 12:30 or so. I would like to get in some rowing today on Lake Flower. Hope to see you all there.
  14. Charger

    Charger Woodworker

    Hey Guys, Just back from Saranac Lake, New York and the Gathering of Guide Boats. Total of boats that showed up was 58. Great showing for the parade and races. Here are a few pics from today. I'll get to uploading the rest that I have during the week. I want to thank Chris for the very nice personal thank you that he gave me and to the whole group of volunteers that made this event the great show that it was. Rowing in the parade was a event that will be with me the rest of my life. Thank you everyone one. Special thanks to Bill for guiding me through the route of the parade.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2012
  15. Well the Worlds Greatest Gathering of Guideboats and the 50th Annual Hanmer Memorial Guideboats Races was a resounding success by all accounts.
    Everyone here turned out with their boats and made quite a showing in the Grand Parade. I would like to thank everyone who participated and spectated, especially those whom drove several hours to get here. Official count by registration was 55 boats, count on the water was 61, with several more boats on the shore. I will post pictures over the next few days.
  16. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    It was a lot of fun, and I'm glad Caleb and I were able to participate. Thanks to you and everyone else who helped out with the event.

  17. JHomer

    JHomer Continuing the Tradition

    Glad the weather was good for the event.
  18. Billm

    Billm Canoes & Guideboats

    Congratulations and many, many thanks to Chris Woodward, Joe and Sally Spedaro and all the other volunteers who made this a truly memorable event.

    Bill Michelfelder

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