News Release 12-077
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Jeff Wheeler, (360) 387-3304 Jeff.Wheeler@parks.wa.gov
Hilary Schult, (360) 902-8604 Hilary.Schult@parks.wa.gov
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Discover Sail Cam’Isle at Cama Beach State Park
Aug. 9, 2012 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, The Center for Wooden Boats and Camano Sail and Power invite the public to a two-day small sailboat festival at Cama Beach State Park along Saratoga Passage.
The event runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1 through 2 at Cama Beach State Park, 1880 S.W. Camano Drive on Camano Island. The festival celebrates the art of small boat sailing and features activities for all ages, including games, music, racing, sailing, sailing lessons, boat building workshops, crabbing and fishing. Kayak, row boat and sail boat rentals are available at the event by The Center for Wooden Boats. Event admission is free. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Registration and a $40 individual fee are required for race participation. Registration fee includes a lasagna dinner on Sunday evening. Deadline for registration is Aug. 15. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the event.
Racing takes place Sept. 1 and 2, 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 www.camanosail.com. If weather is not suitable for sailing on Sept. 1 or 2, some races may be moved to Sept. 3.
Parking is limited at Cama Beach State Park. Carpooling is recommended. For parking information, call (360) 387-1550.
Discover Sail Cam’Isle is organized by The Center for Wooden Boats and Camano Sail and Power. Festival organizers plan to hold the event annually. For more information about Discover Sail Cam’Isle or to register, visit www.camanosail.com, find the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SailCamIsle or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discover Sail Cam’Isle is one of many Centennial 2013 events leading up to the park system’s 100th birthday in 2013. Events include park fun days, tours, demonstrations, cultural, music and arts events, interpretive activities, recreation days and more. Upcoming events include Discover Lake Sylvia Fall Festival, a festival event featuring artists demonstrations, triathlons and nature walks at Lake Sylvia State Park on Sept. 15. For information about State Parks events in this 100th celebration year, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events and watch for reminders on State Parks social media.
Cama Beach State Park is a 433-acre historic fishing resort with more than 6,000 feet of rocky beach. The park provides sweeping views of Saratoga Passage, Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mountain Range. The area now known as Cama Beach State Park was used for centuries by Native Americans 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 through a combination of property donation and sale.
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The Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. The 99-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.
Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.