LONG BEACH — The Sea Festival begins Saturday with an oar and paddle regatta that will include canoes, kayaks, surf skis and gondolas.
The regatta, modeled after a similar tradition in Italy, will start at 9:30 a.m. in Alamitos Bay at the Gondola Get-Away, 5437 E. Ocean Blvd.
Boats will follow a 10-mile course past three Long Beach oil islands and finish at the Belmont Pier. All boaters who complete the course will get a diploma.
Organizers expect the event to attract about 150 boats, said Mike O'Toole, a director of the event and co-owner of the Gondola Get-Away, which takes visitors on tours around the Naples Island area on gondolas.