Regatta helps attract new members

HINTERLAND BEACH – Dozens of people braved the chilly waters at Hinterland Beach on August 3 to take part in the annual Kamaniskeg Area Property Owners Association (KAPOA) Regatta.

Like years past, the event allowed members to enter into swimming, sailing and canoe races along with other competitions. Winners received bragging rights and trophies.

While the weather was a bit cooler than years past, there was a good turnout and many people competed in the various games.

Kerra Wylie, one of the organizers of the event, said the regatta started sometime in the 1970s and has been ongoing annually ever since.

Because it is so well established, Wylie explained, a core group of members starts organizing the regatta only a month, or two ahead of time. Then, she said, people often volunteer to help with odd jobs on the day of the event.

Not only is the regatta a much-anticipated event throughout the year, but it also is an attempt to recruit new members to KAPOA.

“Membership is important not to collect the $20 fee, but to get these people on an email list, so we let them know what is happening and what the current issues are,” Wylie said. 

Story continues in the August 7, 2013 issue of The Valley Gazette