Boat shows prepare for October crowds

| August 28, 2014
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Every October sailors from around the globe gather on miles of docks in the historic seaport of Annapolis, Maryland for the United States Sailboat Show. The upcoming 45th internationally acclaimed sailboat show will open October 9th and run through October 13th and is the largest and oldest in-water sailboat show.

Premiering Boats – The most exciting new sailboats from major manufacturers including many new designs and models make their debut at the United States Sailboat Show.

Exciting High Performance, Racing Section – A new section of the show this year will feature a sexy high performance racing section.

Sailboat Manufacturers – This is the only show in which virtually every major sailboat manufacturer is represented!

Largest Collection of Multihulls and Catamarans Anywhere in the World – All sizes of catamarans. Miles of docks are constructed to display everything from brand new cruising sailboats to kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes.

On-Land Exhibitors – The sailboat show has the latest in navigational equipment and a wide selection of marine equipment, high-tech electronics, boating accessories, rigging, clothing & gear. There are related services such as sailing lessons, rentals, insurance firms, and lending institutions.

NEW THIS YEAR! Introducing Brokerage Cove

For the First Time in 45 Years the Annapolis Sailboat Show Will Display Previously Owned Sailboats in St. Mary’s Cove.

The granddaddy of all sailboat shows, the United States Sailboat Show is expanding its already impressive selection of new and premiering sailboats to include Brokerage Cove. This show within a show will be overflowing with used boats in a floating marina presented by regional boat brokers and available for immediate sale. Admission provides entry into both the United States Sailboat Show and Brokerage Cove.

Preview Day: October 9, 2014 – This is an extra special day for the serious sailor who will take advantage of a day ideal for talking with exhibitors and touring sailboats.

Premier Launch Party – Boat show goers will celebrate opening night and kickoff the United States Sailboat Show with a star-studded cast from the sailing industry during an evening filled with island music, delicious food, cocktails, and fun.

Special guest speaker Ken Read, considered one of the world’s most accomplished and celebrated sailors.

Presentation of the first annual Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award, co-sponsored by Sail America.  Separate ticket required.

Vacation Basin: Plan the Dream – Dedicated to chartering, travel, vacations and charter boat ownership in the Chesapeake Bay and exotic island locations.

Take The Wheel: Interactive Workshop & Boat Demo – Perfect for the sailor searching for a special sailboat–an innovative workshop that includes an afternoon of sailing to evaluate a wide range of boat styles.

Free Seminars on Sailing – Daily programs presented by the Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Annapolis School of Seamanship and Cruising World Magazine.

Grand Prize Drawing – One week chartered vacation: 7 day, 6 night s charter in the British Virgin Islands donated by The Moorings.

Hendrick’s Gin Tasting Barge

Nobilo Wines Tasting Tent

Why Attend a Boat Show? Sailors have the unique opportunity to board and inspect most new models on the market, make side-by-side comparisons, and talk to industry representatives about all aspects of buying and owning a boat.

Show Information

October 9 – VIP Preview Day, 10:00am – 6:00pm

October 10 – 12,  10:00am – 6:30pm

October 13, 2014,  10:00am – 5:00pm

VIP Preview Day $35

VIP Preview plus additional day – $48

General Admission – $18

Children $5 (6 and under free)

Two-Day General Admission Ticket – $31

PARKING in downtown Annapolis is limited. The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is conveniently located and free buses will shuttle attendees from the stadium to the show site at City Dock. Stadium parking fee: $10. Buses run continuously from 9:00 a.m. until one hour after the show closes each day. Parking is also available at the Eastport Elementary School.

This year, as in many years through the show’s history, a Navy football game will occupy the stadium parking on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  As always, VMS signs will direct show attendees to conveniently located parking sites on Riva Road.  Free bus service will continue between those locations and the show gates.

Annapolis Boat Shows, a premier event management company, has produced grand in-water boat shows since 1970. Today, more than 130,000 attendees from around the world come to the Chesapeake Bay region to experience these nautical extravaganzas.

Blackwall Hitch

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