The 47th United States Sailboat Show opens Thursday and will continue through Monday in Annapolis, Md.
Organizers said the show will have all of the nautical shopping opportunities boaters have come to expect, plus fun maritime activities such as interactive sailing workshops, cocktail and wine tastings, on-board sailing programs and a grand prize drawing of a Moorings BVI charter vacation.
The show will feature family cruisers, daysailers, high-tech race boats and luxury cruising yachts, plus 30 sailboats under 30 feet.
Organizers said the show’s First Sail Workshops will be taught by expert instructors and are designed for the beginning sailor. The onboard lessons are sponsored by Annapolis Boat Shows, Beneteau America, the American Sailing Association and SailTime and will be held four times a day on each day of the show.
"This isn't just any boat show. There are boat tours, sailing lessons, sunset cruises, Naval Academy tours, Maryland crab cakes, blue crabs, raw bars, craft beers, painkillers and breathtaking views," Annapolis Boat Shows president and general manager Paul Jacobs said in a statement.