Locals and long time hardcore race fans of the popular end of summer ritual took to Facebook Thursday evening to express their disappointment over the news that this year’s regatta is a no go due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. Comments left on a Facebook post by the The Record-Online ranged from understanding to outraged.
Via Steve Eoute Absolute bullshit. I will hate to see the suicide numbers from this year for a flu that was blown out of proportion. People are depressed and having nothing to do. So many people make a living off all the carnival, fairs, and festivals for the year. Fire departments and Charities bring in money to buy equipment. They need to save lIfe’s guess we all stay home and watch on the news as the Country rips itself a part. And bring back racial tensions from the 30,40,50.60
Lisa Kiser If you would all read the article, the DVORA canceled the event, not the government. It takes alot to put on the regatta every year. Boaters come from all over, so there are alot of factors that went into this decision. It has nothing to do with the government taking away your right to eat a funnel cake.😂 If you really care, join the Jaycees. They bust their butts to put on all that goes into the Regatta…hundreds and hundreds of hours.
Scott Johnson Lisa Kiser, Thank you for the kind words. I, as the race chairperson for numerous years, stand by DVORA and its decision. They kept us in the loop at every phase. Something to look forward to is this message from one of the DVORA officials to me, “…we promise to make the 2021 regatta a race to remember!!!” We will make a decision, or at least a temporary decision, on our plans at our meeting next week. First and most importantly, whatever our decision is will have the entire community in mind. Meanwhile, we continue to put the last words in our creed in action every day, “Service to humanity is THE BEST WORK IN LIFE!” I can speak for the organization in thanking you, your husband and the entire community for supporting us for nearly 50 years.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, June 4, 2020
LOCK HAVEN, PA: Members of the Delaware Valley Outboard Racing Association (DVORA) voted Wednesday night, June 3rd to cancel the 2020 Labor Day Regatta and postpone the 50th Lock Haven Area Jaycees Regatta until 2021. The 50th Lock Haven Area Jaycees Regatta will now be held on September 4 – 6, 2021. This decision did not come lightly to DVORA club members as this race site is near to everyone’s heart. Due to the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, complying to CDC guidelines and Governor Wolf’s recommendations for social distancing, racing at Lock Haven this year
would put at strain on the racers as well as the Lock Haven community.
“No decision has been made on if the Lock Haven Area Jaycees will host the annual carnival this year, but we are extremely thankful for all of their support over the last fifty years,” said President, Dave Breisacher. “We would like to support the Jaycees in any way we can at this time and look forward on working with them on putting together an outstanding 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2021.” Vice President, John Wlodarski comments, “safety is always our number one priority, and we needed to keep that in mind when making this decision. Safety for the racers, but most importantly, safety for the members of the Lock Haven community.”
DVORA will now turn its attention to the 2020 Fall Millville Regatta in Millville, NJ. This race is tentatively scheduled for the second weekend in October. The next DVORA meeting will take place on July 8, 2020 at 8pm.
Delaware Valley Outboard Racing Association (DVORA) is a local club in the DE, NJ, central and eastern PA area and a member of the American Powerboat Association sanctioning body. DVORA has been conducting Outboard races since the 1950’s.
FACEBOOK: Delaware Valley Outboard
About Lock Haven Area Jaycees:
The Lock Haven Area Jaycees is a young person’s leadership organization, open to all from the ages from 18-41 and has
been serving the Clinton County community since 1920.
FACEBOOK: Lock Haven Area Jaycees
The American Power Boat Association (APBA) is a governing body for power boat racing in the United States. APBA is the oldest racing organization in the United States dating back to 1903. With more than 5,000 racing members, APBA sanctions over 200 events each year from Unlimited Hydroplanes, to rough riding Offshore boats, to Outboard Racing.
FACEBOOK: American Powerboat Association