Events on the water
Sailing, boating, and other events on the water have been part of Houston history since the city was founded.
Sailing and canoeing and many other sports, as well as parades and festivals of many varieties, have taken place on the bayous and Galveston Bay for many, many years. Such recreation sometimes relates to historical events or business interests. For example, the Not-Su-Oh (Houston, spelled backwards) festival included a water-borne arrival of King Nottoc (Cotton), a fitting symbol for the role of waterways in building Houston's economy.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Houston in 1936 and toured the ship channel, turning basin, and San Jacinto battlefield aboard Captiva, one of the Houston Yacht Club fleet’s finest yachts. FDR’s trip to Houston reflected the association between the Yacht Club and Ship Channel both of which had grown together for more than a quarter-century.
The Houston Yacht Club was becoming increasingly successful in various sailing competitions, which led to diverse types of recreational boating and constant annual events.