Strictly Sail Pacific sells out exhibit space


Exhibit space for Strictly Sail Pacific, slated for April 14-17 at Jack London Square in Oakland, Calif., is sold out.

"The show is completely sold out and we've just created a waiting list," Strictly Sail Pacific producer and Sail America executive director Jonathan Banks said in a statement. "The attitude among exhibitors is extremely positive and we're seeing a very encouraging resurgence in new exhibitor participation. Also, we're pleased to see a number of exhibitors returning to the show after several years."

One of the highlights of this year's event is the return of the America's Cup. The oldest trophy in sports will be on display April 14, followed by a special VIP evening presentation and reception for exhibitors and show attendees.

Guest speakers at the evening presentation include Mark Buell of the America's Cup Organizing Committee, who will speak about San Francisco's waterfront development plans for the regatta, and Mike Martin, director of rules administration and umpiring, who will speak on behalf of America's Cup Race Management.

New for 2011 is the DIY Mad Mariner-sponsored "DIY Tent," offering live demonstrations in engine mechanics, rigging and splicing, winch maintenance and other topics.

Also new this year is the Discover Sailing Learning Center, offering free two-hour interactive sailing lessons, from the basics to advanced boat handling and heavy-weather tactics.

The Sail America Seminar Series features more than 100 seminars during the four-day show.

"The show is just packed with activities and special events, as well as all the leading brands in sailing," said Banks. "With more boats, more exhibitors, an expanded layout and many new features, all indications point to a great show that will delight sailors."

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