Our Friendswood and League City Rotary clubs canoe/kayak race down Clear Creek has partnered with the City of Friendswood, City of League City, Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District, Friends of Downtown Friendswood and Clear Creek Preservation Societies to:

•    Install a canoe launch at 1776 Park and extend the existing Clear Creek Paddle Trail through Friendswood

•    Establish an inter-Rotary club partnership with League City

•    Raise awareness for the preservation of Clear Creek as a recreational feature and important flood drainage for the region

•    Promote Rotary's Community Outreach 

•    Promote City Parks and Amenities

2020 Rotary Regatta - October 18, 2020 - 3rd Annual

1776 Park, Friendswood, TX

9:45am - Race Preparations & Staging

10:00am - Race Begins!

Countryside Park, League City, TX

12:00pm - Finish Line

Online-only registration will begin October 5 to October 17, 2020.  While all the fees go towards the charity efforts of Rotary Club of Friendswood the fees for this year’s race will be reduced to reflect some of the necessary Covid19 modifications.  

Fee: $25 per paddler

The Rotary Regatta is rain or shine. If cancellation does take place due to severe water or weather conditions, all entry fees will be considered as a tax deductible donation supporting the Rotary Clubs. 

Regatta Rules:

  • Please note that online registration will close on Saturday, October 17, 2020 ( midnight). 

  • All participants must wear US Coast Guard approved PFD's (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.

  • Minimum age for participation is 18. 11 to 17 with Parental Consent Form

  • 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.

  • Intentional capsizing or damaging of another competitor’s canoe or kayak will disqualify the offender.

  • The Race Director has the right to remove and/or disqualify a participant due to behavior or alcohol/drug influenced impairment.

  • All previous race numbers from previous years must be removed from boats or competitors will be subject to disqualification.

Starting Order

Short Kayak K-1 &  Long Kayak K-1  - 10:00am

ICF K-1 / Surf Ski / Unlimited Solo  - 10:30am

Recreational Canoe                             - 10:45am

Race Divisions & Boat Specs:

The Corona Virus pandemic has greatly impacted all our family, business and social lives in mostly negative ways.  I feel it’s important, wherever it’s reasonable and safe, to move forward with those parts of our lives that can provide the most good.  The Rotary Regatta is a beneficial event to continue even with some modifications this year to protect participants and spectators. In accordance with the Texas Governor and CDC guidelines, some or all of the following modifications will be implemented avoid congregation of people wherever possible:


  • Mandatory masks worn and social distancing by everyone when on land.

  • In accordance with Gov. Abbot’s mandates regarding exercising, masks will not be worn by paddlers while racing on the water. 

  • Online registration ONLY. No in-person, day of registration!

  • Insurance waivers will include COVID-19 language and MUST be printed and returned via with tickets to avoid handling of materials between people.

  • Staggered entry and exits of boats onto the water to maintain social distancing.

  • No food, drink, awards or music to avoid congregation and maintain social distancing.

  • Result times will NOT be released the day of race to avoid congregations around the timing booth

  • No shuttles – So please make your own arrangements.

  • No Boat Rentals.