(DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) The boat moves through the water as the wind whips around the sails. The crew feels a rush of energy as the boat picks up speed. The cool, fresh water splashes over the sides of the sailboat as the captain steers through the course. He watches as his team moves through the steps they have repeated so many times before. Their sailboat passes another, and another, until they reach the finish line and can finally take a breath of relief and victory. For Ed Trombley, a member of the Valcour Sailing Club, that is the power he feels…
- Open Air
- February 22, 2017
- by Lisa Scivolette
The boat moves through the water as the wind whips around the sails. The crew feels a rush of energy as the boat picks up speed. The cool, fresh water splashes over the sides of the sailboat as the captain steers through the course. He watches as his team moves through the steps they have repeated so many times before. Their sailboat passes another, and another, until they reach the finish line and can finally take a breath of relief and victory.
For Ed Trombley, a member of the Valcour Sailing Club, that is the power he feels every time he wins a race on Lake Champlain.
“The racing aspect of it is what keeps bringing us back,” he says.
But racing is not the only activity synonymous with Lake Champlain sailing. The sun, waves, cool drink and a mouth-watering meal is enough to pull sailors to shore.
The Adirondack Coast is the home of history, culture and a west-shore beach like no other. Plattsburgh City Beach is one of the longest freshwater beaches in the United States, perfect for accommodating the many sailors who take advantage of the opportunities Lake Champlain has to offer.
Plattsburgh Superintendent of Recreation Steven Peters says from mid-June to Labor Day, the City Beach is a location where sailors can moor their boats while they explore all the inland attractions the Coast offers.
Take on an opponent and set to the net in a beach volleyball game. Rent a paddle boat or a kayak and oar to the lake’s waves, or just wade in the clear, blue water. After you’ve cooled off, hit the Cabana Beach Bar only steps off the sand and order your favorite summer beverage, but don’t forget to visit Smooth Moves Cafe for the best beach concession.
City Beach is also a part of New York State Cumberland Bay State Park, which features a pavilion surrounded by plenty of walking, hiking and biking trails to discover.
Just around the bay, the Plattsburgh City Marina is open to guests from May 15 until Columbus Day. Now in its second season, the marina can accommodate 34 boat slips, 25 moorings and can provide docking for a boat up to 40 feet long.
“What we are focused on doing is providing access to our downtown area to give those boaters a reason to come off the lake when they want a break, and they can use our marina to do that,” Peters says.
The marina is owned by the recreation center and sits right next door to the Naked Turtle in Cumberland Bay, a seasonal waterfront restaurant.
The Turtle’s operations manager, John Parmelee, said the marina gives boaters easy access to the downtown area when they want to take a break from the waves.
The waterfront atmosphere and unique, sea-themed decor creates a casual setting fit for people of all ages.
Parmelee says the restaurant serves 18 different tap beers, and the customer favorites are all classic “casual kinds of foods,” like nachos, chicken wings and tenders, quesadillas and a sampler plate.
“There is something about that atmosphere (where) people like to share foods,” he says. “So we see a lot of people, instead of ordering entrees, they order a half dozen appetizers and share them.”
People also journey to the Turtle for their signature items.
The Turtlezilla is a two pound hamburger that comes on a large roll, covered with lettuce and tomato. Anyone who can eat this monstrous burger in one hour will head home with a new t-shirt, compliments of the Naked Turtle.
From the keg, they serve their signature cocktail the Turtlerita. A variety of fruits are used to make this beverage from scratch, giving the drink a bright, citrus flavor.
The Champlain Lifesaver, a rum-infused drink, is a favorite of their patrons.
“When the sun shines, the skies are blue and the breeze is in the air, people come at a furious rate,” Parmelee says.
He says the owners have spent time and money creating a fun and friendly environment.
“We want to give good food and give good service, but most importantly, we want them to have a good time,” Parmelee says.
The Naked Turtle opens May 1 this season and will be serving all waterfront guests until Labor Day.
Until then, the west shore of Lake Champlain will be a site of sand, surf and all things sailing.
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