Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show has new 2016 location

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Sail America said the Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show, the largest and oldest in-water sailboat show on the West Coast, will move to the Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond, Calif., in April.

The 21st annual Strictly Sail Pacific show will be held April 7-10. The show has increased its capacity to more than 100 in-water sailboats and more than 200 exhibits for boats and marine accessories on land.

“Sail America now has the capacity to grow our show that is both the largest selling event for the sailing industry and an ultimate sailing experience for attendees to promote the growth of recreational sailing on the West Coast,” Peter Durant, Sail America association manager, said in a statement. “We are excited by the opportunity to move to Richmond and into an expansive marina and a beautiful indoor venue that can accommodate the need from our exhibitors and consumers for increased and improved indoor space.”

Craneway Pavilion is a 45,000-square-foot facility in an award-winning, architecturally significant Ford assembly plant that dates from 1931. It has an adjoining 20,000-square-foot open-air patio that blends indoor and outdoor spaces and is set on 25 waterfront acres.

The newly renovated 40,000-square-foot conference center features a large general session area and four breakout rooms suited to the show’s seminar series.

Marina Bay Yacht Harbor is in Richmond’s protected Inner Harbor in the East Bay of San Francisco Bay. Developed in the mid-1980s on the site of World War II-era Kaiser Shipyards No. 2, Marina Bay Yacht Harbor is also known as Richmond Marina Bay and was built by the city of Richmond.

The deep-draft Marina Bay Yacht Harbor accommodates vessels as large as 120 feet, giving in-water exhibitors the chance to showcase even more of their product lines.

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