Bayou Vermilion Paddle Battle
Long race: Lafayette to Abbeville (36 miles)
Upper Lafayette to Cafe 20.3 (12 miles)
Sunday April 26, 2020
The 2nd annual BVPB offers a 36 mile race is the second race of the Louisiana Triple Crown series which concludes with the Tour du Teche (October 4-6 2019). The first race of the series is the Quachita River 49er (March 23, 2019).
The BVPB race has two distance options 15 miles or 38 miles and a preme will be awarded to the first boat/class arriving at the Pinhook Bridge. Open to all human powered boats.
No boat? No Problem! visit Pack and Paddle for kayak and SUP rentals.
Saturday April 25, 2020
9AM - 5PM Early packet pick up TBD
7AM Lower Atchafalya River Sprint produced by Tour de Teche organization in Patterson, LA opens up boat check and first race starts at 9AM. The race is a 3 mile race for kayaks, canoes, pirogues, and SUP’s in Patterson.
Sunday April 26, 2020
6AM Day of registration, check-in & boat check opens at starting point (I-10 boat launch off of Shadow Bluff Dr.)
7AM Shuttle departs from Abbeville finish line (36 mile race) back to the start for those dropping vehicles off in Abbeville.
7:30AM Shuttle departs from Cafe 20.3 (1500 General Mouton, Lafayette, LA) the 12 mile race finish line back to the start for those dropping their vehicle off.
8AM Start all boats classes and race distances
10AM – 7PM lunch, dinner and beverages for all registered participants at Cafe 20.3
12PM Award ceremony 15 mile race @Cafe 20.3
3PM Awards ceremony 38 mile race @ Cafe 20.3
Support & Cheering Stations:
Here are some key locations where you can coordinate your own support team to meet you on the course to provide you with any food or water you may need.
Breaux Bridge Hwy 94/Carmel drive (Mile)
Lake Martin Rd bridge
Heyman Park concrete landing
Cafe 20.3 (finsh line for the 12 mile race)
Southside Park (2201 Robley Dr, Lafyaette, LA)
Wawee’s on the River (411 W Milton Ave, Milton, LA )
Finish @ public boat landing in Abbeville, LA at Hwy 14.
Classes for all human powered boats
SUP, Pedal, Canoe, Out Rigger, Kayak and Surf Ski
Classes to compete in Louisiana Triple Crown
Pro Race Division (classes used for all triple crown races)
CLASS A- USCA C 2 /PRO (USCA SPECS)
CLASS B- USCA C2/PRO (USCA SPECS ) ALL FEMALE
All two person canoes that can race at the USCA nationals and that include the following boat specifications 3X27 (Pro-Boat), 4X32 (USCA cruiser), and USCA Standard C2. Single blade paddle only. Temporary modifications to this type of boat to make it fit into any other class are not allowed.
CLASS C- SOLO UNLIMITED SINGLE BLADE
CLASS D- SOLO UNLIMITED SINGLE BLADE FEMALE
Limited to one paddler, single blade paddles only. Minimum length 14 feet.
CLASS E- TANDEM UNLIMITED SINGLE BLADE
CLASS F- TANDEM UNLIMITED SINGLE BLADE ALL FEMALE
Limited to two paddlers, single blade paddles only USCA C2s do not qualify for this class, USCA C2s must race in class A. For canoes longer than 18.5 foot.
CLASS G- SOLO UNLIMITED DOUBLE OR SINGLE BLADE
CLASS H- SOLO UNLIMITED DOUBLE OR SINGLE BLADE FEMALE
Limited to one paddler, double blade paddles or single blades allowed. Minimum length 14 feet.
CLASS I- TANDEM UNLIMITED DOUBLE OR SINGLE BLADE
CLASS J -TANDEM UNLIMITED DOUBLE OR SINGLE BLADE ALL FEMALE
Limited to two paddlers, double blade paddles or single blades allowed. Minimum length 14 feet.
CLASS K- BIG BOAT UNLIMITED DOUBLE OR SINGLE BLADE
CLASS L- BIG BOAT UNLIMITED DOUBLE OR SINGLE BLADE ALL FEMALE
Minimum three paddlers, maximum six paddlers, single and double blade paddles are interchangeable throughout the race.
Special Classes for the Lower Atchafalaya River Sprint
Men and Mixed Tandem (single or double blade paddles) – This is one class
Man solo (single or double blade paddles)
Women Tandem (single or double blade paddles)
Woman solo (single or double blade paddles)
Man Recreation* solo
Woman Recreation* solo
Men and Mixed Recreation* tandem
Women Recreation* tandem
*Recreation means canoe, kayaks under 19 foot in length and with no movable rudder, also includes peddle boats.
**See bottom of this page for details about other events and racing classes for medals and prize money.