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U.S. Sailboat Show returns in October

The 45th United States Sailboat Show will open Oct. 9 and continue through Oct. 13 with miles of docks in the historic seaport of Annapolis, Md.

Major manufacturers will debut sailboats at the show and a new section this year will feature high-performance racing sailboats.

The show, which is reportedly the oldest in-water sail show in the United States, will feature one of the largest collections of multihulls and catamarans in the world.

On-land exhibits include navigational equipment, marine equipment, high-tech electronics, boating accessories, rigging, clothing and gear. There are related services such as sailing lessons, rentals, insurance firms and lending institutions.

Brokerage Cove is a new addition this year, with used sailboats being shown at St. Mary’s Cove. The show within a show will feature used boats in a floating marina presented by regional boat brokers and the boats will be available for immediate sale. Admission provides entry to the sailboat show and Brokerage Cove.

A preview day on Oct. 9 will give sailors an opportunity to speak with exhibitors while touring sailboats. A launch party will kick off the show with island music, food and cocktails.

The show will also feature Hendrick's Gin Tasting Barge and Nobilo Wines Tasting Tent.

Special guest speaker Ken Read is considered to be one of the world's most accomplished and celebratedsailors. The first Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award,co-sponsored by Sail America, will be presented. (A separate ticket is required.)

Other features of the show include:

  • Vacation Basin: Plan the Dream is dedicated to chartering, travel, vacations and charter boat ownership in the Chesapeake Bay and island locations.
  • Take the Wheel: Interactive Workshop & Boat Demo is an innovative workshop that includes an afternoon of sailing to evaluate a wide range of boat styles.

Free sailing seminars include daily programs by Chesapeake Bay Magazine, the Annapolis School of Seamanship and Cruising World Magazine.

A drawing will take place for a grand prize of a one-week charter vacation in the British Virgin Islands, donated by The Moorings.

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