26th Annual Cow Patty Pageant 2018

Join us for a protected and flat water fun race on the beautiful and serene Estero Americano in Valley Ford, CA. 

NEW this year, only two race starts! Long (11 mile) and Short (5 mile) courses. There'll be a bovine outfitting / costume competition in the morning before the race and lunch / awards at Dinucci's after the race!

Proceeds benefit the Sonoma Land Trust and Valley Ford Volunteer Fire Department. 

Spread the word, join the herd!
7:00 am – 7:15 am  Volunteers arrive
Check-in / Prizes / Meeting
7:30 am – 8:30 am  Check-in at start / finish area
9:00 am  Mandatory safety meeting at start / finish area
Race Starts
9:20 am  Short course start 
9:40 am  Long course start 
11:15 am  All paddlers return to start / finish line (mandatory turn around time)
Post Race 
noon – 1:30 pm  Snacks and clean up
noon – ? After-race lunch and awards at Dinucci's

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Carter Johnson1Surfski SingleAllGuy
Zachary Alva2K1AllGuy
Paul Macintyre4Surfski SingleAllGuy
Amy Byers5Surfski SingleAllGirl
Cyril Derreumaux7Surfski SingleAllGuy
Michael Hamilton8Surfski SingleAllGuy
Cath Caddell11Surfski SingleAllGirl
Evan Trosin12SUP (All)AllGuy
Tyson Hadley13Surfski SingleAllGuy
Michelle Balestrieri14SUP (All)AllGirl
Jon Harman18Sea KayakAllGuy
Sheila Harman19Sea KayakAllGirl
Holm Schmidt20K1AllGuy
John Hadley23SUP (All)AllGuy
Misha Riszkiewicz9Surfski SingleAllGuy
Sue Pearson102SUP (All)AllGirl
Lily Hourigan104K1AllGirl
Tanya Alva106Surfski SingleAllGirl
Kai Leon107Surfski SingleAllGuy
Mike Staninec108Surfski SingleAllGuy
Patrick Alteri109SUP (All)AllGuy
Joan Rosen110Sea KayakAllMixed
Mark Gonzalves111Sea KayakAllGuy
Emily Matthews112CanoeAllGirl
Shanna Upton113SUP (All)AllGirl
Dylan Anacleto-black3K117UGuy
Petri Alva6K117UGuy
Ariel Bryant15Surfski Single17UGirl
Jonathan Barnato21K117UGuy
Ryan Wurts22K117UGuy
Jasper Caddell100K117UGuy
Philip Majumdar105K117UGuy
Kasen Taylor114K117UGuy
Sophie Matthews, Tom Biglione101Tandem CanoeAllMixed
Grant Bowers, Todd Bowers103Tandem CanoeAllGuy
Michael Melville, Teresa Rogerson, Jennifer Fuller16SUP Unlimited (3-Person)AllAll

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

The race stars 1 mile south of Valley Ford, Ca. on the Estero at the intersection of Valley Ford Estero Road and Marsh Road. Short Course racers will proceed 1/2 way out the Estero round a buoy and return. Long course racers will proceed to the beach (The mouth of the Estero / Pacific Ocean.)  The whole course is very protected, but can be windy. Dress for cool February coastal weather.

It is impossible to get lost on the Estero. It is possible to become temporarily way laid due to the wandering nature of the Estero. The prudent paddler will carefully observe the landmarks, meanderings and features of the Estero as they go west, thus making return trip navigation straight forward. Note that all lands bordering the Estero are private. Please stay on the Estero, and respect landowners property.
Take 101 to Petaluma, California, about 35 miles North of San Francisco, 80 miles West of Sacramento, 16 miles South of Santa Rosa. Exit on Washington Street, head west thru town. In 1.4 miles bear right onto Bodega Avenue. Proceed approximately 8 miles west to the intersection of Tomales Road and Valley Ford Road. Bear right onto Valley Ford Road. Do not turn left to the USCG training center, stay right. Proceed about 12 miles to Valley Ford. Turn left onto Valley Ford Estero Road just past Dinucchi’s restaurant. Turn right then left to stay on Valley Ford Estero Road. Continue onto Valley Ford Franklin School Road. Turn left onto Marsh Rd, parking is on one side of Marsh Road only.


Feb 24, 2018


Valley Ford, CA