Saturday, June 17, 2017 – Check in begins at 10:00am at Launch Point | 11AM start
ENTRY FEE (non-refundable):
- $20/boat pre-registration ($25 day of event) for kayaks and canoes
- $30/boat pre-registration ($35 day of event) for ‘build your own’ boat*
* One fee per boat. All crew members are required to fill out the registration form. Be sure to include the boat’s name you will be sailing with for proper credit.
PRE-REGISTRATION CUT OFF DATE: MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016 T-Shirt guaranteed with pre-registration only
- Kayak, canoe and paddle board launch: Harlem Rd. & Clinton St., or foot of Smith St.
- ‘Build Your Own’ (3 mile trail only) launch: Foot of Smith St.
- Both end at Dead Man’s Creek
United States Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) are MANDATORY per the United States Coast Guard. Shuttle Information: Drop off craft at Harlem Rd. or Smith St.; drive vehicle to Ohio St. to park. Board shuttle bus back to start point to begin Regatta.
Design, build and “Float Your Boat” at this year’s Rigidized Riverfest Regatta and find Treasure! No restrictions and no limitations other than your imagination. All entries will be judged for creativity by an esteemed panel of Buffalo River Enthusiasts. Start dreaming and get building.
Check out What Buffalo Rising Said about Rigidized River Fest Regatta
What could be better than floating down a lazy river in a canoe or kayak? Organizers of Rigidized River Fest Regatta believe that the answer to that question is to “build your own boat”, and then paddle your heart out down the river. Every year, creative and crafty watercraft enthusiasts spend countless hours building their own vessels in order to compete in the regatta. Some of the boats are handsome and seaworthy, while others are a bit more clunky yet still seem to do the job. In the end, everyone is a winner in this regatta because it’s mostly about the experience than anything else. Then again, there are some who take the event very seriously, spending months building their creations in order to take home top honors and cash prizes – “Most Creative Vessel” and “Best Built Vessel”. The most creative vessel also wins the coveted 11th Annual Wilkeson Cup.
For those who don’t feel up to the challenge of building a boat, they are welcome to take part in the regatta simply by hopping aboard a traditional canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board. No matter the craft, the race begins at the foot of Smith Street and winds up at the NYSDEC canoe launch at Ohio Street. There is an even longer race (for kayaks and canoes) that launches from the NYSDEC launch at Harlem Road near Mineral Spring – all of the details can be found on www.rigidizedregatta.com.
Read More of this article from Buffalo Rising HERE.