50th Annual Willard Hanmer Guideboat Race & Ralph Morrow Canoe & Kayak Races will be held on Lake Flower at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2012.

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 comemerating Willard Hanmer the preeminent Guide Boat builder of his era. The race has been celebrated every year since 1963 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: 50thhanmer@gmail.com


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: 50thhanmer@gmail.com.

"A Saranac boat is one of the finest things that the skill of man has ever produced under the inspiration of the wilderness. It is a frail shell, so light that a guide can carry it on his shoulders with ease, but so dexterously fashioned that it rides the heaviest waves like a duck, and slips through the water as if by magic."
Henry Van Dyke, author of "Little Rivers, A Book Of Essays In Profitable Idleness" (1895) describes the fundamental nature of an Adirondack guide boat:
This years event is sponsored by:
Guide Boat Realty (www.guideboatrealty.com)
Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (www.saranaclake.com)
Doyle Boatmakings
Woodward Boatshop (http://www.guideboats.com/)
 HomEnergy Services
Lakeview Deli