St. Martin

Jul 24, 2014 10:35 AM

Youth kayak races to be held Aug. 2 on Bayou Teche

Youth kayak races for ages 5 to 17 will be held in Bayou Teche at Parc des Ponts in Breaux Bridge on Saturday, Aug. 2.

Registration for Petite Tour du Teche  is from 6 a.m. - 8 a.m. and the first race begins at 9 a.m.

In addition to kayaks there will be a boat class for stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) for the first time this year.

The races are held around buoys, within view of spectators on the bank at all times. Beginning paddlers are welcome.

Petite Tour du Teche is conducted under the rules of the United States Canoe Association, which specifies the following courses by age group:

•Fledgling I - 5 to 7, course 250 yards.
•Fledgling II - 8 to 10, course 250 yards.
•Bantam - 11 and 12, course 500 yards.
•Juvenile - 13 and 14, course one mile.
•Junior - 15 to 17, course one mile.

Boat classes are K1 Racing (rudders OK), K1 Recreational (no rudders), K2 and SUP. K1 designates solo boats and K2 tandem.

The entry fee is $20 per paddler. Winners receive miniature cypress paddle trophies. 

Tour du Teche V, down the entire length of Bayou Teche from Port Barre to Berwick, is set for Oct. 3-5.

For more information on any of the races, go to www.tourduteche.com, email info@tourduteche.com, or call Ken Grissom at (337) 394-6232.

 

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