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U.S. Sailboat Show plans sailing-lesson workshops

For the first time in its decades-long history, sailing lessons will be offered in October at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md.

For the first time in its decades-long history, sailing lessons will be offered in October at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md.

Collaborating with Beneteau America, the American Sailing Association and Sailtime, show producer Annapolis Boat Shows is expanding the activities designed especially for those new to the sport of sailing.

"We are very pleased to announce that this year beginning sailors will have the opportunity to learn to sail from the docks of the United States Sailboat Show," Annapolis Boat Shows president and general manager Paul Jacobs said in a statement. "It is important that we do what we can to encourage new people into sailing. This is a fun activity on new sailboats especially suited for teaching sailors of all levels."

The hands-on workshop includes a 45-minute classroom session on the basics of sailing, followed immediately by 90 minutes in Annapolis Harbor with SailTime and ASA instructors on the a Beneteau First 22.

First Sail workshops will be held four times a day on each day of the United States Sailboat Show, Oct. 8-12. Advance registration is required. Admission is included.

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