Sailboats are gathering in downtown Annapolis and adding to the excitement of the fifth annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, April 22-24, 2016, is a festival-like atmosphere in Susan Campbell Park, with spectacular water views and seating for patrons to relax, listen to live music, win valuable prizes, watch a regatta, and enjoy free food and drink tastings. A schedule of events can be found on their website.
“There are so many excellent reasons to attend this weekend’s sailboat show,” said Paul Jacobs, president and general manager of the Annapolis Boat Shows. “It is a perfect destination if you are thinking of getting into sailing or if you are getting ready to purchase a boat.”
“But the best reason to attend the show is to shop from hundreds of local marine retailers who offer boat show pricing, expertise, and boat show specials,” Jacobs added.
More than 100 sailboats, both new and brokerage, will be on display in the water and on land, including catamarans, monohulls, family cruisers, day sailors, and blue water sailboats. Because most sailboats are available for immediate sale, families can realize their dream of spending the summer on a new boat.
The sailboat show will have the latest in navigational equipment, high-tech electronics, inflatables, boating accessories, clothing, gear, and related services such as boating clubs, charter companies, insurance firms, and lending institutions.
The VIP Sunset Cruise Package on Saturday, April 23rd, is an all-inclusive special day at the sailboat show. Participants will be wined and dined, enjoy dancing to a live band on the Catherine Marie during a three-hour sunset cruise. The VIP Package also includes on-site parking, admission to the show, a private buffet luncheon at the Federal House, and a swag bag.
Also on April 23rd, regional high school sailing teams competing for a traveling cup will race in the 2nd Annual Annapolis Junior Keelboat Regatta. The award ceremony will immediately follow race in the park.
For the more serious cruising sailor or those dreaming about venturing off to distant shores, Cruisers University is scheduled Thursday through Sunday. Cruisers U is considered one of the most comprehensive learning opportunities preparing you to head out with confidence. Select from one to four-day customized training programs and be inspired to join a growing community of cruising adventurers, whether it takes you around the bay or around the world.
Recently named one of the most beautiful towns in America by Conde Nast, the charming historic seaport of Annapolis has long been known as the sailing capital of the world, and is home to a thriving marine industry.
“This isn’t just any boat show. There are sailboat tours, sailing lessons, sunset cruises, historic tours, Naval Academy tours, Maryland crab cakes, blue crabs, raw bars, craft beers, painkillers, and breathtaking views,” said Jacobs.
Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show
City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland
Friday, April 22, 2016 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, April 23, 2016 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, April 24, 2016 10:00am – 5:00pm
Adult – One Day $12
Adult – Two Day Combo $19
Children: 12 & under FREE