Tuesday 22 July 2014

Annual WCHA assembly, Paul Smiths College, Adirondack region New York

Paul Smiths is a hamlet in the Town of Brighton in Franklin County, New York on Lower St Regis Lake, in the Adirondacks 10 miles North of Saranac Lake. 
Many WCHA assemblies have been held here, and the last couple of years have seen it return. A gorgeous spot in the Adirondacks, with access to several lakes including Lower St Regis and Spitfire, home to many wonderful cottages and boathouses, from the unassuming to the extravagant. 
Below are a few photos of boats, scenery and so on.

From the deck of one of the buildings located lakeside

The green, with tents and boats on display

Closer to the lake

Chris Pearson from Holland, Michigan with his Old Town sailing canoe

Heading out onto Lower St Regis

Cottage compound on Spitfire Lake

Idem class sailboat, a design peculiar to the area

Grand Laker guide canoe and 6hp from Maine, brought by Dale Tobey

Backside of tents on the green

Another view of the Idem class gaff rigged racer

Jerry Stelmok, who confirmed our new project 18.5 ft guide canoe is one of his early boats from the late '70s

Raft up after Paddle by, an annual event where owners paddle their craft by the crowd as details are announced, at which time they salute the crowd, later rafting up for a group shot. 

The annual auction, run by yours truly. This year we interrupted sales for the auction of this beautiful lapstrake canoe built by Geoff Burke, and donated to the college as a fundraiser. 

Gerrish replica  built by Pam Wedd of Bearwood Canoes, Parry Sound district

Nose art on canoes displayed on the green

John Allen packing up his 16/30 sailing canoe for the return trip to Hudson Valley, NY.

Another shot of the stone residence on Spitfire Lake

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