Annapolis Boat Shows Inc.’s 2019 schedule includes four in-water sail and powerboat shows taking place in Maryland’s capitol and in the surrounding area.
In addition to producing shows, the organization coordinates several educational and training programs for boating enthusiasts.
“We are truly excited to announce that 2019 will be the 50 anniversary of the United States Sailboat Show in historic downtown Annapolis,” Paul Jacobs, president of the Annapolis Boat Shows, said in a statement. “In 1970, the world’s first in-water sailboat show opened with a handful of sailboats on display in Ego Alley. It’s unlikely that the sailors who designed that first show could imagine the significance and size of today’s show.”
Taking a look at individual events, the Bay Bridge Boat Show will be held April 12-14 with more than 400 powerboats up to 75 feet long on display including fishing models, center consoles, trawlers, express cruisers, pontoon boats, jet boats, tow sports craft and bowriders. Land-based exhibits will include equipment and a VIP Red Carpet lounge area. There will be on-water training classes from BoatUS Foundation.
The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show takes place the last weekend in April and features new and brokered sailboats. There will also be a VIP Red Carpet Lounge and educational sessions at Cruisers University and First Sail Workshops.
The fall boat show season will kick off with the 48 annual United States Powerboat Show October 3-6, with more than 500 boast on display in downtown Annapolis. There will also be a selection of land-based displays. Highlights include Brokerage Cove and a Demo Dock where dealers and product manufacturers will show off new models and accessories.
Celebrating its 50 year, the United States Sailboat Show is the largest dedicated sailboat show in the industry and will feature monohulls and catamarans in a variety of sizes. There are a range of workshops including Vacation Basin, Cruisers University, Take the Wheel and First Sail Workshop. It will be held October 10-14.