U.S. Sailboat Show adds boat prize and sailing lessons

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Sailing lessons and a grand prize Beneteau sailboat giveaway are among the new offerings this year at the Oct. 8-12 U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md.

Collaborating with Beneteau America, American Sailing Association and Sailtime, the Annapolis Boat Shows is expanding the activities designed especially for those new to sailing. A hands-on workshop will include a 45-minute classroom session on the basics of sailing, followed by 90 minutes in Annapolis Harbor. Advance registration is required.

"We are very pleased that beginning sailors can learn to sail from the docks of the United States Sailboat Show," said Paul Jacobs, general manager and president of the Annapolis Boat Shows, in a statement.

One attendee will win a Beneteau First 22 that has a retail value of $29,900. Showgoers who purchase tickets online will be automatically entered to win; all show visitors can register onsite.

The America's Cup trophy will be featured on Oct. 8 (VIP Preview Day) and that evening with keynote speaker and America's Cup host Tucker Thompson at the Premier Launch Party, an annual networking event to celebrate opening day. Attendees can also see the trophy on Oct. 9.

"For five days in October, the Annapolis City Dock becomes the candy land of sailing. In addition to premiering sailboats, brokered boats and the world's largest collection of multihulls, we are offering sailing lessons and giving away a Beneteau First 22 sailboat, plus there are more than 40 courses offered for cruisers and the America's Cup trophy will be on display Thursday and Friday,” Jacobs said. “There is truly something for everyone.”

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