Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | March 10, 2012

Regatta Rained Out

I have been looking forward to participating in Houston’s 40th Annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta with my son, Jonathan. The regatta is billed as Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race, boasting more than 400 entrants. This race covers 15 of the 52 miles of Houston’s historic Buffalo Bayou waterway. For the past few days Jonathan and I have been making preparations for the race. Yesterday we built a special rack for his vehicle so that we could carry both a canoe and a kayak and then mounted it in the rain. Although it has been raining, the latest news on Friday was that the race was still on. Jonathan and I have done some training on the bayou in the cold and rain, so we were prepared to go in spite of the weather. However, early this morning we received word that the regatta was cancelled for today and will be rescheduled. I’m a bit bummed. I was actually looking forward to doing the race in less than ideal conditions but certainly understand the decision to cancel. It’s the right call. I appreciate the Buffalo Bayou Partnership and their efforts to enhance the Buffalo Bayou waterway and to promote events that bring the people of our community together. That’s a good thing that even the rain can’t dampen.

PS — Happy Birthday, Niki. We love you!


  1. Will it be rescheduled?

    • Yes. Hopefully it will be rescheduled on a day when I am in town.

  2. Omar, you never cease to amaze me. I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone with more energy, or who had their finger in more pies than you do. You do indeed live life to the fullest degree possible. You are a marvel, and I count the opportunity to know you and observe you as you do the Lord’s work as one of the larger blessings in my life.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Lanni. I am certainly enjoying the adventure of living life. Although I never expected to be competing in canoe races at my age, I am thankful for the opportunity that doing so has given me to connect with Jonathan in a new way. Thanks for your friendship and encouragement.

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