The Gowanus Dredgers officially issue a challenge to you, and/or your boathouse to test your mettle on our home turf, the mighty Gowanus Canal, once the life blood of Manufacturing Brooklyn. It's now being called the “Venice of Brooklyn” by real estate developers alongside a growing "Makers" collection of creative industrialists. Funds raised will support our boathouse improvements (restroom, lighting, equipment, etc.) and facility operational costs.
The course is a 2.5 mile round trip from the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse at 165 2nd St. to the buoy at mouth of Gowanus Bay and return. First heat will depart 2pm and event should wrap up by 5pm with a Post Race Banquet and Awards Ceremony starting at 4pm.
Teams will race using canoes provided by the Gowanus Dredgers or (if you bring them) teams may race kayaks, rowboats & Stand Up Paddle-boards. 1st-3rd place prizes will be awarded to canoe class and other class. If enough funds are raised, prizes will be awarded for:
- Highest total pledge amount
- Best dressed crew
- Coolest team name
- Largest number of sponsors
We ask you to try and raise $500 but any donation will allow a team to race!
But ... isn't the water toxic?!!
That's the point of the race! All waters of NYC Inner Harbor are contaminated so avoid consumption. Of course, we don't have the parasites found in other waterways because they can't survive in Gowanus. View our Canal water quality test results and volunteer to be a tester!
$500!!! Whoa, that’s a lot of cabbage!
Listen this is a fundraiser, don’t be a tightwad. Please reach out to your all your workmates, neighbors, parents for pledges. Hey, remember all those lousy girl scout cookies you bought from Sally in accounting? What about that lame walkathon the boss was in last year? This is your time to shine & hit them up. Warning: The 4 lowest fundraisers will be automatically entered into a paddle board based jousting contest under the Carroll Street Bridge!
Donate over $100 to any team and we'll mail you a Dredgers' T-shirt!