The 2016 Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show, which organizers said is the oldest sailboat show on the West Coast, will visit the San Francisco Bay area at its new location at the Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor.
Organizers said the new Richmond, Calif., location will allow Sail America, the association that owns the show, to expand the event inside the pavilion and outside on the water with sailboats of every size and budget, including sleek racers, multihulls, family cruisers and luxury yachts.
The April 7-10 show will feature hundreds of boats, gear, accessories, free seminars and interactive activities for young aspiring sailors.
From nautical novices to serious sailors, the 21st annual Strictly Sail Pacific is the place for people to immerse themselves in the sailing lifestyle, talk to experts, participate in hands-on seminars, learn new techniques and check out the latest marine gear, organizers said.
“This expansive new location will provide Sail America with the capacity to expand this show even more to further promote the growth of recreational sailing on the West Coast,” Sail America Association Manager Peter Durant said in a statement. “We are excited to move the show to Richmond into this spacious marina and beautiful indoor venue to accommodate the demand from our exhibitors and consumers for more expansive indoor and outdoor spaces.”
Organizers said the pavilion is a 45,000-square-foot facility in an award-winning, architecturally significant former Ford assembly plant building dating from 1931 with an adjoining 20,000-square-foot open-air patio, blending indoor and outdoor spaces.
Set on 25 waterfront acres, a newly renovated 40,000-square-foot conference center features a large general session area and four breakout rooms.