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HomeNL-2011-05 Regatta
Buffalo Bayou Regatta
March 12, 2011
by
Christy Long

Buffalo Bayou Regatta Trip Report
50-70 deg F
250 CFS
Alumacraft
15 miles
Finish Time 2:21:36
Recreational Canoe, Seniors

Kyle Mynar was this year's overall winner. Kyle paddled in his International Canoe Federation solo kayak (ICF K-1) and finished the race at 1:41:33.

Wade Binion and Tommy Yonley were the Corporate Cup champs for their winning time of 2:14:08 in a recreational class canoe. They also received the coveted round-trip United Airline tickets.

John Ohrt and I paddled his Alumacraft canoe in the Recreational Canoe class. The day started out cool (50) and warmed to 70 degrees, by the time we arrived at the take out, with very little wind. There was a release of 300 cfs (USGS 08073700 Buffalo Bayou at Piney Point, TX) the day before and the water level was 250 cfs when we were paddling.


Mayhem at the start line.
Four hundred and twenty-five (425) boats competed in six categories, with start times at ten-minute intervals. Even with this carefully thought-out planning there was mayhem at each start, which I think is the most fun part of the race. After the first three miles most boaters are out of the pack, have found their cadence, and are paddling steady toward the finish line.

About fifty-feet after we passed the start line, we were pushed into a tree stump that was river right of center and came to a dead stop, it made my teeth rattle we hit it so hard. After the initial shock we started paddling again and kept a steady pace for the whole race, taking a second or two about four times to sip water. John was very good at reading the water and keeping us in the flow. He was able to cut off seconds from our time by cutting across some bends rather than following the flow.

At the finish line my legs did not want to start moving right away and I thank the finish line helpers that helped me out of the boat. They are there to move the boats out of the way but they had to move me out of the boat first. Funny, I could hardly walk, but I still wanted to dance to the lively zydeco music playing at the finish line.
Attached is the list of racers and their times. Each category was divided by men, women, mixed, and seniors. This gave each person the chance to compete against others at their skill level.

John and Christy picking up their first place trophy. A bag of coffee.

This event is dependent on volunteers and there were many smiling faces making things run smoothly. Members of the Houston Canoe Club participated in the event, as noted below. Please forgive any exclusion.

Bob Arthur  Start 
Robert Naeger Start and HCC Booth 
Ken Anderson
Sweep Boat, Safety 
Calvin Doody Sweep Boat, Safety
Joe Coker Sweep Boat, Safety
Harmon Everett  
Sweep Boat, Safety
John Clark
Sweep Boat, Safety
Dave Kitson Sweep Boat, Safety
Milton “Skip” Johnson 
Racer
John Ohrt
Racer
Carl Gilson
Racer
Christy Long
Racer
Sophie Lopez
Timekeeper
Karen Gieger
Sandwich booth
John Berlinghoff
HCC booth
Honey Leveen
HCC booth
Ken McDowell
HCC booth
Tracy Caldwell
Cheer squad

Complete  scoresheet, in a 1.5 megabyte pdf file: Here