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Labor Day Racing at CWB Cama Beach was Such a Big Success We’re Already Thinking About Next Year!!

October 9, 2012

by Lawrence Baum, Camano Sail and Power

Labor Day weekend saw the beginning of yet another annual Camano Island tradition: Discover Sail Cam Isle 2012 co-sponsored by The Center for Wooden Boats and Camano Sail and Power. This event attracted small boat sailors and their families from around the Salish Sea area to two days of tightly contested dinghy sailing, schmoozing, family celebrations and just plain fun at Cama Beach State Park and The Center for Wooden Boats.

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The winds were light and shifty, with a tidal current thrown in for good measure, thereby challenging the skippers and their crews to make the most out of every small wind shift and puff. The top sailors won not by being the fastest boats but by being the most patient and craftiest. The racing culminated in an closing  dinner at Donna’s Cama Beach Center Cafe on Sunday evening where the opinion was unanimous that the event was a lot of fun and definitely worth doing in future years.

The Discover Sail Cam Isle 2012 committee and all of the sailors are very gratified at the level of support that the community provided to make this event happen. Special thanks to Washington State Parks (Jeff Wheeler, Camano Area Manager) for his help and encouragement, and to our Presenting Sponsor, Windermere Real Estate (Randy and Marla Heagle), who came on board early in the planning with a sizeable sponsorship donation that ensured that the event would happen. Many other businesses and individuals around the community also stepped in with sponsorships that enabled the event to provide the high-quality of service and enjoyment that guarantee that people will return to an event. Thank you to Pat and Rob at Les Schwab Tires; Carol and Ray at Pope Chiropractic; Lawrence at Camano Sail and Power; The Center for Wooden Boats; Lynn at Thistledew Graphics; Katie at Cabelas Outfitters; Michael and Carol Benecke of Camano; Bill Brown at South Whidbey Yacht Club; Donna’s Cama Cafe; and Shannon at Skagit Regional Clinics. Everyone appreciated and enjoyed the Camano Island Fire And Rescue boat and all of the firemen who were on duty during all of the races to provide emergency rescue and medical services. Thank you, Guys.

So, small boat sailors: do not despair because you missed 2012. This event will be back in 2013, Labor Day Weekend at Cama, bigger and better, with more competitors, more fun, and another chance for you to cross swords (in a friendly fashion of course) with like-minded small boat sailors. Plans are afoot to expand it to a full-blown Small Boat Festival with displays of handcrafted wooden boats, rowing and paddling races and exhibitions.

For more information about this event and activities at The Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach State Park, call John Dean, Manager, (425) 293-7575 or send him an e-mail at

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Relaxing at Cama Beach : Photo by Greg Gilbert

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