West Coast sail and power shows combine

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Sail America recently merged its Strictly Sail Pacific show with the Northern California Marine Association’s Pacific Power Boat Expo.

“There is a large crossover market in the region, and combining the shows will draw a much larger crowd who now can enjoy the very best in both power and sail in one location,” said Jorgen Bateman, director of sales for NCMA, in a statement.

Jonathan Banks, executive director of Sail America, said the organizations will benefit from sharing various costs, and the combined marketing budget will achieve far greater reach.

“The result will be a bigger, more exciting event that will draw additional patrons interested in both sail and power and will provide tremendous value to our exhibitors,” he said in a statement.

The new show, Strictly Sail Pacific & Power Boat Expo, will take place April 15-19 at the newly remodeled Jack London Square in Oakland, Calif. The event will feature more than 300 exhibitors displaying the latest boats, gear and accessories.

The show will have one marina basin dedicated to sailboats and another basin dedicated to powerboats, with a connecting dock between the two basins. The on-land exhibitors will be located throughout Jack London Square with a large tented area at the recently remodeled east end of the square.

To exhibit at the show, contact either Lori Gleason at (312) 240-6802, or Jorgen Bateman at (916) 372-4239.


2 comments on “West Coast sail and power shows combine

  1. Michael Bryant, Principal of Trident Funding

    I am very please with the merger of these two shows. There as been a significant reduction in turnout through out the country so far in 2009. This will provide for better attendance and will benefit both vendor and consumer alike. I am hoping that the number of boat shows continues to shrink as there are far too many, especially on the West Coast. There are fewer boat dealers/brokers, vendors and trades people, there should be fewer shows as well.

  2. Power Stinker

    A great idea–even though I’m a Power guy, I still like all boats and may consider a motor sailor or hybrid some day. It’s always nice to see more stuff in one location, and 2 shows tended to just polarize the industry vendors.

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