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Late registration for Tour du Teche V

General registration closes on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

 
Extended registration begins Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.  Any registration postmarked between Sept. 15, 2014 and Sept. 20, 2014 will have an ADDITIONAL 25% added to the general fee.  
 
Any registration postmarked between Sept. 22, 2014 and Sept. 27, 2014 will have an ADDITIONAL 50% added to the general fee.  All extended registrations postmarked between Sept. 22, 2014 and Sept. 27, 2014 must be paid by credit card.
 
NO registration will be accepted that is postmarked after Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.
 
Registration fees include one coureur de bois per boat. No meals are included in the registration fee.

 

Tour du Teche 135 Mile Stickers

Show the world you paddled 135 miles.  Only $2.00!  Stickers are now available at Tour du Teche events.  If you would like a sticker mailed, please send $2.50 to Tour du Teche, PO Box 1328, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517.

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The TDT V check-in location has moved!

Attention Tour du Teche V racers!  Please note that check-in has moved from Veterans Memorial Park in Port Barre to the Port Barre Boat Launch.

Kayaks taking over the Teche

Single-blade class out of annual race for youths

 

Ken Grissom
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Breaux Bridge – According to the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association, there were 79,450 canoes sold in the United States during 2011, the most recent period for which complete sales figures are available.

 

During the same time frame, 234,800 kayaks were sold.

 

Even in Canada, where the traditional open canoe is a national icon, La Classique Internationale de Canots [canoes!] de La Mauricie, for the first time in its 80-year history, has a K2 division. Kayaks.

 

The popularity of fishing from kayaks plus the availability of inexpensive molded sit-on kayaks has undoubtedly skewed the sales figures, but there’s no question that the Inuit open-sea boat is ascendant on waters once plied by dugout and birch-bark canoes.

 

Last year in the Tour du Teche, the big race from Port Barre to Berwick plus all its side races, we had 18 canoes, including pirogues and big boats with crews of three or four. There were 53 kayaks, solo and tandem, entered.

 

Our thoughts are to eventually – not this year but maybe next – eliminate single-blade classes from the Racing Division. Reducing the number of boat classes will put more cash in the winning pots.

 

There will always be a place for canoes in TDT’s Voyageur Division, the races for recreational boats.

 

Meanwhile, the concept will be introduced at this year’s Petite Tour du Teche, a series of short races for paddlers ages 5 to 17, to be held at Breaux Bridge’s Parc des Ponts Saturday, Aug. 2.

 

Boat classes have been reduced to K1 Racing (rudders OK), K1 Recreational (no rudders) and K2. K1 designates solo boats and K2 tandem.

 

The age groups remain the same as in previous years: 

 

•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.

 

The entry fee is $20 per paddler. The races are held around buoys, within view of spectators on the bank at all times.

 

Petite Tour du Teche is conducted under the rules of the United States Canoe Association (USCA).

 

Tour du Teche V will be Oct. 3-5. For more information on either set of races, go to www.tourduteche.com, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call me at (337) 394-6232.

 

Ken Grissom is one of the founders and a director of Tour du Teche Inc.