Gowanus Challenge Returns!

Gowanus Challenge

Gowanus Challenge Returns!


The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club is bringing back the Gowanus Challenge on October 7, 2017, beginning at their boathouse by the Carroll Bridge in Brooklyn.

Last held in 2014, the Gowanus Challenge is geared to bring awareness to the Gowanus Canal and act as a fundraiser. Funds raised will support the organization's boathouse improvements (restroom, lighting, equipment, etc.) and facility operational costs.

The 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.

The course is a 2.5 mile round trip from the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse at 165 2nd St. to the bouy at the 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.

Teams will race using canoes provided by the Gowanus Dredgers or (if you bring them) teams may race kayaks, rowboats & Stand Up Paddleboards. 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

The Dredgers ask teams to try and raise $500 but any donation will allow you 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 and the Gowanus Dredgers will mail you a Dredgers' T-shirt. Businesses can join the existing Commodore Supporters with a donation of over $500 with D'Amico Coffee, Lightstone Group, Monadnock Construction, and Sam Adams already signing on. Captain's Table Supporters, donating Prizes & Raffle Items, include Crab Shack, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Gowanus Furniture Co., Mazzone's Hardware, and The Tiki Brothers.


The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing waterfront access and education related to the estuary and bordering shoreline neighborhoods. The organization was founded in 1999 and is based on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY. Activities are conducted on the canal as well as in neighboring waterfront communities of Red Hook, Sunset Park and Brooklyn Heights.

The Dredgers encourage an understanding of the NY-NJ harbor as a resource for recreation and education as well as a waterway for commuters, tourists and goods. During the 2003 season, over 1,000 individuals, including more than 200 youths, participated in our programs. We logged over 2,000 trips on the Gowanus Canal! As people experience and enjoy the waterfront they become advocates for its revitalization. These efforts are proving to be fruitful as recent legislation has provided funding primarily due to the rise in popularity of paddling on the Gowanus Canal.

All of the Gowanus Dredgers facilities, equipment and funding are used to provide safe access to the waterfront and to educate the community about the estuary. The organization runs an array of events throughout the year including paddling on the waterway, leading tours, conducting lectures at schools and public forums and participating in waterfront festivals. Volunteers in our programs monitor the health of oysters and sea grass that naturally clean the water. the Dredgers have adopted an apple tree that is growing on the shoreline. All Dredgers’ activities and workshops are free and membership in the organization is not required to participate in any activity. In addition, our facilities and services are available to the public to launch canoes, rowboats and kayaks.

Gowanus Challenge 2014 on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.
Gowanus Challenge 2014 on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.

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