Connecticut spring show adds charity benefit

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The Connecticut Spring Boat Show will be held Friday May 4 through Sunday, May 6, at Brewer Essex Island Marina in Essex, Conn., and this year will be the first time that admission fees will benefit the charity SailsUP4Cancer.

Show producers expect more than 2,500 visitors and all of the $5 suggested donation per person will be donated to the Mystic, Conn.-based charity that distributes money to families impacted by cancer.

“We are so excited to be a part of this growing show and this year is a big step forward,” said Tom Pilkington, owner of Prestige Yacht Sales, in a statement. “This boutique boat show, located in one of the most beautiful waterfront towns in New England, has expanded to offer a larger assortment of new and brokerage boats, more land exhibits while still allowing for boaters to spend time on boats of interest, and chat with the brokers in an informative and relaxed manner. It is one of the most successful shows we attend and now, it will be even better with this more significant financial contribution to support such an important cause that touches so many.” Prestige has locations in Essex, Norwalk and Mystic, Conn.

The show is a production of WindCheck magazine and is sponsored by Brewer Essex Island Marina, Essex Boat Works, Yacht Brokers Association of America and YachtWorld. Attendees will see a range of new and brokered power and sail boats and sea trials are available. Additional exhibits will feature boating gear, waterfront real estate and “water lifestyle” service companies.