Annapolis Watersports Festival: Boating Season’s Last Hurrah

Standup paddleboaders and sailors will come together for an end-of-season celebration next month, and it’s all to benefit Bay causes.

Annapolis Sailing School and Capital SUP have teamed up for the first-ever Annapolis Watersports Festival, Saturday, September 15. The goal is to bring together the paddling and sailing communities.

“There is a lot of synergy between paddlers and sailors. We want to highlight that and continue to grow both communities in Annapolis,” says Brian Meyer, Capital SUP’s CEO.

The festival will be held on Annapolis Sailing School’s property at Bembe Beach, and will include paddle demonstrations, free sailing experiences, live music, yoga on the land and water, and kids’ activities. Novice paddlers and sailors are welcome.

The event benefits Capital SUP’s Live Water Foundation, which supports the Veteran community with an adaptive paddling program, underprivileged and disabled youth by matching them with mentors on the water, and clean waterways with the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

The festival runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on September 15 and tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for youth ages 13-20, and free for kids 12 and under. For more information and a link to buy tickets, visit the Annapolis Watersports Festival’s Facebook page.

-Meg Walburn Viviano