A two-day small sailboat festival is coming to Cama Beach State Park along Saratoga Passage in the north Puget Sound. The event is scheduled for Sept. 1-2.
The inaugural festival is a celebration of the art of small boat sailing and features activities that include games, music, racing, sailing, sailing lessons, boat building workshops, crabbing and fishing. It is put on by the State Parks and Recreation Commission, The Center for Wooden Boats and Camano Sail and Power.
Racing takes place both days, with an awards banquet on the evening of Sept. 2. First-day races are around buoys in Saratoga Passage off of Cama Beach. Second-day races are from Cama Beach to Baby Island and back. Each race will include boats of the same class. For boat eligibility and race rules, visit camanosail.com. If weather is not suitable for sailing either day, some races may be moved to Sept. 3.
The event will run 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. The park is at 1880 S.W. Camano Drive on Camano Island.
Kayak, rowboat and sailboat rentals are available at the event by The Center for Wooden Boats. Event admission is free, but the Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the event. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Registration and a $40 individual fee are required for race participation.
Discover Sail Cam’Isle organizers plan to hold the event annually.
The park is a 433-acre historic fishing resort with more than 6,000 feet of rocky beach. The park provides views of Saratoga Passage, Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mountains. The area now known as Cama Beach State Park was used for centuries by American Indians for fishing and hunting. It was later developed into a fishing resort, popular with families for more than 50 years, before becoming a state park in 1994.