And they're off for the annual Mayor's Cup regatta. And this year, we decided to watch from the starting line, thanks to Captain Ed Kehn.
"If you're from this area, it's probably the biggest event all year long," explains Kehn.
Kehn has been a sailor since he was 8-years-old and says he's seen the regatta every year for more than two decades.
"It's very riveting, I'm telling you the excitement, I can't stand it!"
The regatta has cruised on in Plattsburgh for 37 years. The race is organized by the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary Club. Organizers say the money this year is going towards The Max Moore Memorial Tree House Project -- a new project on the Saranac River Trail bringing handicap accessibility to a tree house overlooking the river.
"It's really a neat project and we're excited to support it," says Gail Recore, an event organizer.
According to organizers, the regatta is a great opportunity to raise money for their fundraisers, but for sailors it's a awesome opportunity for bragging rights.
"The regatta is made up of three different divisions, you've got your cruising class, your racing class, and your multi-haul," says Recore.
Each class has their own separate race. Boats are required to get around the orange markers and make it back to the finish line with the best time.
"There's a lot to it, you make a mistake and you're moving pretty slow it can be critical," says Kehn.
But win or lose, friendly competition and a good cause always comes out on top.
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