By LEVI PASCHER
Fulton County Express

SACANDAGA — Mountain Valley Hospice and the Mayfield Yacht Club will be holding the Annual Charity Cup Regatta, Poker Run and Skipper’s Party on Saturday, July 16.
The event is open to any captains looking to participate in the sixth annual two-day Sailing Regatta on the Great Sacandaga Lake and also open to any individuals that would like to observe the competition from land.
The event will have a variety of wind powered boats and each category will be broken down into different heats and courses during the two-day weekend event.
Organizers said the participating boats will set sail around 9 a.m. and cruise around the designated courses throughout the lake for most of the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday.
Those looking to participate with smaller vessels by kayaking, canoeing or leisure boating can join the fun through a “Poker Run,” which begins at Rondack Roots Marina in Mayfield at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The leisurely run for boats 15’ and under, kayaks or paddle  boards will include five stops where participants can collect a card.
Those that don’t like the cards they are dealt can pay to upgrade their hand and the best hand will receive a new kayak.
Personal Flotation Devices are required and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration for the Poker Run is $20 per vessel and can be done through Rondack Roots Marina.
This year’s ‘Skipper’s Party’ will be held at the Northville Firehouse on Saturday at 5 p.m. and dinner will be catered by Timeless Tavern at 6:30 p.m. A live DJ will also be on location to help party the night away. There will be refreshments, dessert, silent auction and drawings.
Tickets are required for this event and are $35 each. Tickets can be purchased through Mountain Valley Hospice (518-725-4545) and on the Hospice website at www.mvhcares.org or through Rondack Roots Marina (518-613-4366).
All proceeds from this event go to further the mission of Mountain Valley Hospice which is to provide hospice care to all appropriate patients and families in Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery and Saratoga Counties.
Those looking to participate can visit the Mayfield Yacht Club website for information and registration details at www.mayfieldyachtclub.com.