Big Little Boat Festival Race & Rendezvous Day

Location: Camp Wabanna - Edgewater, Maryland
Dates: Saturday, May 22, 2021

Remember OkoumeFest, our annual springtime customer rendezvous? It didn't go away. In 2020, it evolved into the more felicitously-named Big Little Boat Festival. Basically the same idea, but in a better location and with a lot more fun stuff going on. Aaaand then....COVID.

Fast forward to 2021. On May 22nd we're hosting a trimmed-down, one-day Big Little Boat Festival, modulated to minimize risks from the still-dangerous pandemic. In short, this year is about showing off your own boat, casual racing, and exploring the beautiful sailing and paddling waters of the West and Rhode Rivers. Alas, we won't be doing boat demos or conducting seminars.

Plan to spend Saturday with us at the beautiful Camp Wabanna campus just south of Annapolis. Centered at the intersection of the Rhode and West Rivers, there will be plenty of space to launch your boat, enjoy time on the water exploring, and to participate in our new Expedition Race Series or Boat Parade. 

Bring your boat or paddleboard to race in 1-, 3-, or 8-mile races for paddlers (seated and standing), rowers, and sailors, or try your luck on the 20-mile race!

Got a beautiful home-built boat? Bring it to participate in the afternoon boat parade, or just show it off on the lawn -- prizes for the best work!

Did you just finish building your boat? Join in the celebration of the Maiden Voyage Launch on Saturday morning.  

Don't have a home-built boat? No worries! Bring what you have and play on the water with other small-boat enthusiasts, and join the afternoon parade. There wll be plenty of space to launch your boat, and all types (and construction materials) are welcome.  The camp offers easy beach access for launching; one of the reasons we like this location so much.  Clean out the spiderwebs, wash it up and meet us at the beach!  

There's also ample room for camping in tents and small campers. Friday and/or Saturday night camping will be available.  The snack bar will be open for yummy lunch options on Saturday, and there is a big playground available for the kids.

Due to pandemic restrictions, our boats will not be on site or available for demos and we will not be presenting our usual seminars this year. We plan to reintroduce both of these elements in 2022.

Join the Rendezvous! Bring Your Boat for Best In Show Competition & Parade.   

Awards Categories
Best Overall

Judging Criteria:

Stitching/fairness, joinery, fillets, fiberglass work, paint & varnish application.
Classes include Row, Paddle, Sail, Power, RV

Best in Class
Creativity & Customization
Ugly Duckling Award Distance Traveled Award
Maiden Voyage Award Most Eccentric
Stewardship Award Laszlo Award (Superfan)
Overachiever Award (Most Builds)

Race With Us!  Read the Notice of Race Here

Deale or No Deale 20 miles Skippers' Meeting 8 a.m.; start 9 a.m.
Gobble Gauntlet 8 miles Skippers' Meeting 10 a.m.; start 11 am.
Triton 3 3 miles Skippers' Meeting 10 a.m.; start 11 a.m.
Beginners' Luck 1 mile Skippers' Meeting 1 p.m.; start 1:30 p.m.


All Distances
All Distances
Paddle (Sit)
All Distances
Paddle (Stand)
All Distances


Friday, May 21

3:00 – 6:00pm Camping Check-In / Racer Check-In / 20-mile Gear Check
6:00p– Until Outdoor Social - Camp Fire / Old Stein

Saturday, May 22:

6:00am – 8:00am 20-Mile Race - Check-In / Gear Check
8:00am 20-Mile Race -
Skipper's Meeting (Deale or No Deale)
9:00am 20-Mile Race - Departs
8:30am – 10:00am 3-Mile and 8-Mile Racer - Check-In
10:00am 3-Mile & 8-Mile Races - Skipper's Meeting
10:30am Maiden Voyage - Beach Launching
11:00am 8-Mile Race (Gobble Gauntlet) & 3-Mile Race (Triton Three) - Start
12:00pm Best In Show Review Part 1: Boat Judging/Inspection on the beach.
1:00pm 1-Mile Race & Parade - Skipper's Meeting
1:30pm 1-Mile Race (Beginner's Luck) - Starts
2:00pm Best in Show Review Part 2: Parade On-Water (Immediately after Beginner's Luck Race finishes)
3:00pm 1-, 3-, & 8-Mile Race Awards, Best in Show Awards
5:00pm 20-Mile Race Awards
6:00pm – Until "Fish Stories" Post- Race Social - Camp Fire / Old Stein

Sunday, May 23:

10:00am - Campers Depart

Thanks to our sponsors!