Sailing summit set for Annapolis in October

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The American Sailing Summit in Annapolis will be held from Oct. 5-12 at the Naval Academy Club at the U.S. Naval Academy.

The summit will be presented by Annapolis Boat Shows, in partnership with Cruising World, Sail, and Blue Water Sailing magazines.

Annapolis Boat Shows said it has bundled its educational programs — Cruisers University, Take the Wheel and First Sail Workshop — with eight days of workshops, on-board training and seminars.

The sessions will be led by prominent names in sailing, including Jean Levine and Jeff Grossman, Pam Wall, John and Amanda Neal, Jimmy Cornell, Ralph Naranjo, Nigel Calder, Behan Gifford, Lin Pardey, Andy Schell, and Paul and Sheryl Shard.

"We are very enthusiastic about this new concept and see it as an exceptional opportunity to encourage the growth of sailing,” Annapolis Boat Shows president Paul Jacobs said in a statement.

“For the past few years we have offered sailing programs to thousands of new and accomplished sailors. The American Sailing Summit in Annapolis will take these educational activities to a whole new level by bringing together all major sailing education programs into one venue," Jacobs added.

Sailors will choose from more than 100 courses and workshops that explore all aspects of sailing, from beginning sailing to bluewater passagemaking.

Topics include boat selection and preparedness; outfitting; engine and electrical systems; anchoring; safety; rigging and sails; cruising budgets; insurance; galley essentials; and storm survival tactics, as well as on-board lessons and sea trials.

"We are pleased to introduce the American Sailing Summit in Annapolis at our great new Naval Academy Club venue,” Jacobs said. “The layout of the club lends itself nicely to concurrent programs in high-quality meeting rooms with excellent food service options for breakfast and lunch, and just a short walk to the boat show."

Most courses will take place during the 48th U.S. Sailboat Show from Oct. 5-9, when organizers said tens of thousands of sailors visit Annapolis to shop for boats, network and purchase sailing gear for the year.

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