SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A racing course is damaged just days before a big state rowing meet that will likely draw thousands of people to Saratoga County.
The vandals sliced a number of buoys which serve to separate racing lanes, at the starting point of the one mile stretch of water that makes up the practice and race course for the Saratoga Rowing Association.
This weekend it will host 3,600 high school students for a state championship regatta.
"When one of the other coaches came down, he could see they all had sunk," Coach Chris Chase said. "You could see the knife cuts in all of them."
Chase said a total of seven buoys were slit, a single one costing $80 for the not-for-profit organization.
"The event is massive for the area," Chase said. "Call a hotel and try to get a room right now, they're all filled from Lake George to Albany, so they didn't accomplish anything but make people feel bad."
The bad feeling did not last long for the coaches and rowers.
While a police report was filed with the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office, Taylor Made Products, a local business in Gloversville, donated a buoy for every one was that vandalized.
In a matter of a few hours a bad incident turned into a great act.
"He just saw it and said I'm in a position to help, so just the gesture is the coolest part of it all," Chase said.