Manistee Regatta

August 8th - 9th

Douglas Park, Manistee, MI

Check and see who has pre-registered HERE

This scenic little vacation town is here to stay on the CRAM season schedule.

From US 31, head west on 1st Street. Take the first right in the round-about near the lakeshore, and pass the boat launch. The CRAM designated area is the large field on the right, past the pavilions.
 Manistee Location

On the South side of the mouth of the Manistee River lies Douglas Park and a perfect beach to host a regatta within a breakwater. Racing will be held on Lake Michigan to the north of the channel.

manistee launch area
Manistee Parking

Both RV and Tent campers are welcome to join us on the 1.5 acre section of Douglas Park right next to our launch site. No hookups are available, but public restrooms are nearby and showers are available to CRAM campers at the city marina located 5 minutes away in the downtown part of Manistee. Whether camping with us or not, come join us for a group campfire in the evening.

RV parking - This year, the city of Manistee has graciously allowed us to park in the lot across from the open space. We will need to be courteous and respectful of the lot's intended use, so perhaps we park every other spot in the red areas shown above to try to keep the footprint small but also try to be in close proximity to the open area. 


If you’re not looking for the rustic sailing & camping experience there are other campgrounds in the area including Orchard Beach State Park located 10 minutes away.
Manistee has many hotels, motels, and Bed & Breakfasts to choose from in the area, including the Lake Shore Motel within walking distance from Douglas Park. For a full list and contact information see the map here.

Saturday Dinner
This is a new one and we're excited about it and hope that everyone else will be as well. We have arranged for Manistee Cab Co. to take sailors and their families to the downtown area for dinner Saturday night. Manistee has their annual Grapes on the River wine event that evening and there are multiple places to enjoy food and drink downtown. 
The taxi will start picking up at the open space at 6:00 PM and will drop off downtown at the corner of Oak and River Street, walking distance from all that downtown has to offer. The taxi will pick up at the same area from 8:30-9:00 PM; they will do a few runs for us. If someone needs a ride after 9:00 PM then they can just call the taxi and they will get a lift. 
If someone needs a ride outside of 6:00-6:30 PM or 8:30-9:00 PM then they will be on the hook for that. It is also a walk-able distance and even a short bike ride. 
Seeing a lot of CRAM shirts downtown will be a good thing. The Chamber of Commerce is excited that we will be in town!

For the Family
Mani Grapes RiverIf you’re bringing the family with you for the weekend, there will be plenty for them to do while the fleet is racing. Within walking distance of Douglas Park there is Lighthouse Park, as well as First Street Beach which includes multiple playgrounds.

Kids not a concern? Then head downtown for Manistee’s annual Grapes on the River wine festival. Hosted by the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, Grapes on the River is an event that pairs local cuisine and Michigan wine. This event hosts live entertainment, while relaxing in the park at the Manistee Municipal Marina overlooking the Manistee River in the heart of Downtown Manistee.

12:00-?? Arrive and Set-up
8:45 to 9:15 Registration
9:30 Skipper's Meeting
11:00 First Race
18:00 Dinner
18:30-21:30 Party
9:00 Skipper's Meeting
10:30 First Race
13:00 Final Race
15:00 Sharp Trophy presentation

CRAM Racing Rules

Please Note:
  • CRAM members receive a $15 discount. However, you must first log in to the website for the system to recognize your membership status.
  • If you are not currently a member, first purchase your membership as a separate transaction from the regatta registration in order to get the discount.
  • Finally, if you're under 18 years of age, you and your parent or legal guardian need to print, sign and date CRAM's Waiver & Release of Liability available here. The signed document must be either hand delivered to Registration at the regatta or scanned and emailed to Registration (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) prior to the event.
Get your CRAM Membership here:
for 1 Year
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Automatic Discounts:
  $15 Member*
  $10 Pre Registration
     → expires midnight Aug 4th!

Manual Discount:
  $5 Single Handed Boats

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2-Day Regatta Fee

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RV/Camping (inc. Showers)

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