Greens Bayou Regatta
October 13 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Please note that online registration will close on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (at midnight). Day-of registration is $60 per person.
- All participants must wear US Coast Guard approved PFD’s (personal flotation device) during the entire race. They must be worn as the manufacturer designed them to be worn. Any participant found not abiding by this rule will be disqualified.
- Minimum age for participation is 12. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult on the boat.
- Canoes and kayaks shall be placed in the designated starting area boats or competitors cannot touch the water until they are given further instructions by the Race Director. Any participant in the water will be disqualified if caught by a race official.
- Inflatable canoes and kayaks that are paddled are allowed (inflatable rafts or other crafts that are ROWEDare NOT allowed).
- Outrigger canoes are NOT allowed.
- Except for portages over channel obstructions, boats must remain in Greens Bayou. Illegal portaging will disqualify participants.
- Intentional capsizing or damaging of another competitor’s canoe or kayak will disqualify the offender.
- The Race Director has the right to remove and/or disqualify a participant due to behavior or alcohol/drug influenced impairment.
- All previous race numbers from previous years must be removed from boats or competitors will be subject to disqualification.
- Teams of two; one must be an employee of the sponsoring company. All members of the winning Corporate Cup team will be awarded medals and Corporate Cup trophy.
- Tandem, aluminum canoes will be provided for all Corporate Cup Participants. If supplying your own boat, it must meet the specifications of the Recreational class (please see chart below for Recreational C-2 and Corporate Cup).
- First prize is awarded for the most trash picked up along the bayou race course upon arrival at Finish Line. Contestants must notify a Regatta official before unloading trash onto the trash barge located at the Finish Line.
- Inform a Regatta official during race day check-in that you would like to compete in the Stewardship Cup and trash bags and trash grabbers can be provided.
In an effort to make Greens Bayou Regatta a race where the most skilled and conditioned contestant(s) have the greatest opportunity to win their division and not the contestant(s) with the “fastest” boat, the following boat specifications have been established:
*Enter the Unlimited class if your boat or number of contestants does not match qualifications for the
Additional specifications or restrictions may apply and will be applied/enforced on those competitors who place in any division. Please direct questions regarding race class or boat specifications to a Regatta Official or the Race Director prior to the start of the race.
You can still race even if you do not own your kayak or canoe. Please contact the outfitter below and tell them you’re participating in the Greens Bayou Regatta. They will have your rental at the starting line and pick it up at the finish line.
The Greens Bayou Regatta will start at Brock Park (formerly Golf Course) and end at Thomas Bell Foster Park, 7.7 miles downstream. The bayou banks are wooded all along the course. The bayou is deep and flat. Normally, there is very little current. The bayou has very few obstacles – dead tree trunks and bridge pilings – thus you will have open water throughout the course.
There are six bridges that will help you mark your progress and keep you aware of your location. The mileage listed shows distance from the start, the distance to the finish, and leg length.
Ley Road/Green River Drive 0.5 7.2 0.5
Business 90/Union Pacific RR 1.5 6.2 1.0
US 90 double bridge 3.95 3.75 2.45
Wallisville Road 4.35 3.35 0.4
Woodforest Boulevard 5.71 2.0 1.36
Normandy Street 7.46 0.25 1.75
Foster Park Finish line 7.7 0.0 0.25
When the Normandy Bridge comes into view, you will be able to see the finish line. The two red buoys will mark the end of the race. The three yellow buoys will mark the entrance to the take out stream.
Observation points are very limited with the best being Woodforest Boulevard bridge which has ample sidewalks.