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2017 Race Results
Sixty-six paddlers braved the 7.5 mile race course on Saturday morning that showcased two proposed boat launches. After the opening ceremony in which Mayor Turner praised GBC’s mission and spoke about the importance of preserving green space, 44 boats launched from Brock Park. In the next one to two hours, boats arrived at the finish line at Thomas Bell Foster Park. They were welcomed by volunteers, partner organizations, complimentary lunch and craft beer donated by 11 Below Brewing Company.

Thanks to all that came out and competed. And special thanks to our sponsors, donors, and volunteers. We hope to see you out there for next year's event, set for October 13, 2018.

Race Results 2017

Race Photos 2017
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More Race Photos 
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The Greens Bayou Regatta will combine recreation, stewardship, and education on one of Houston’s most beautiful and secluded waterways, Greens Bayou. The 7.5 mile race course will showcase two planned launch locations, Brock Park and Thomas Bell Foster Park. This regatta will raise funds and awareness to implement the proposed 27.5 mile paddle trail. Register today for this exciting annual event and experience some of Houston’s hidden natural areas!

The suggested fundraising goal for paddlers to help the paddle trail is $50 and $100 for teams.

*Paddlers registering day of will be charged $50 late registration fee and must have their own boat. (shirt not guaranteed)

Don't want to paddle?
Volunteer to help us make this a great event!  
Greens Bayou Regatta Rules
  • All previous race numbers from previous years must be removed from boats or competitors will be subject to disqualification.
  • Please note that registration will close on Thursday, November 2 (at midnight). You will be able to register on event day (if we have not reached capacity) however, you will NOT be included in the official time keeping of the race, nor be eligible for awards, and will start 5 minutes after the last start of the race.
  • The Race Director has the right to remove and/or disqualify a participant due to behavior or alcohol/drug influenced impairment.
  • Minimum Regatta entry age for all divisions 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 rowed are not allowed).
  • Outrigger canoes are not allowed.
  • All participants must wear US Coast Guard approved PFDs (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.
  • 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.

Corporate Cup Division
  • Two contestants, one must be an employee of the sponsoring company. The winning Corporate Cup team will gain possession of the Corporate Cup for one year. If supplying own canoe, boat must be Recreational class (for specifications, please see chart below for Recreational C-2 and Corporate Cup).

Stewardship Cup
  • First Prize will be awarded for the most trash picked up along the bayou race course and arrive at the Finish Line. Contestants must notify a Regatta official before unloading trash onto the trash barge located at the Finish Line.
  • Top three finishers in each division will receive a trophy. 

Severe Water or Weather Conditions
  • Because conditions can change without notice, race information will be provided at the start location by race officials. If cancellation takes place, all fund-raised will be considered a tax deductible donation to the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition and used in its efforts to develop the Greens Bayou Paddle Trail.
         *SUPs will be allowed to participate in the race.
In an effort to make the 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 basic classifications of boats and equipment have been established. Additional specifications or restrictions may apply and will be applied/enforced on those competitors who place in any division. Enter the Unlimited class if your boat or number of contestants does not qualify for any other category as described above. Questions concerning the correct class to enter should be directed to Race Official or the Race Director prior to the race start.

We only provide boats if you are in the Corporate Cup

Kayak and Canoe Rentals:
Bayou City Adventures
Will deliver boat to the Start Area and pick up at the Finish Line of the race

Course description
The Greens Bayou Regatta will start at Brock Park 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.