In what’s become another little tradition for me, I got up early on Saturday to go photograph the starting line of the Reeking Regatta. Sure, they changed the name to the “Buffalo Bayou Regatta” and now it’s the “Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta” (and next year probably an even longer name), but to me it will be forever known as the original name of the “Reeking Regatta”. I was actually kind of saddened that so few people were even aware of that fact.
Last year my camera was getting repaired so all I had was my smart phone camera so this year I was glad to have my real gear. In previous years I also would follow the race to downtown but I had some other things to do this year (like go to the gym) so I only did the starting line. Fortunately, there was a lot of action at the starting line – namely, people falling in the water. I love watching this event, but one thing I did not care for was the announcer making political jokes in poor taste. Anyway, here are the pictures. Enjoy.
As usual, the street is lined up with boats
Speaking of lining up, this is the last chance to take a potty break. Then again, the urine content in the bayou would probably not be altered to much if one had to go, at least in the old Reeking Regatta.
The Kayaks go first, but not just any Kayaks, there are rules. These are the “ICF K-1/Surf Skis and Solo Unlimited (optional in-water start)” Kayaks. What does that mean? I’ll be honest and admit that I’ve been coming to this thing for 6 years and I still have no clue how they decide who goes first or what they mean. All I know that is the announcer likes to yell at the people for making a mistake in between his poor political jokes.
And the 2nd wave is off…Canoes of some sort, but not the same as the other Canoes, these are the “All Corporate Cups and All Recreational Class Canoes” …if you have another type of canoe, you’ll get yelled at…and then be told a Bernie Sanders joke.
Some people start to have a bad day and hopefully have no open sores:
Announcer makes another Bernie Sanders joke…hilarious.
And another one!
I will go on record as saying I would not want that water to touch me in any way.
And the rest are off! Unlimited something or rather:
In case someone is having a really bad day