The United States Sailboat Show got underway Thursday with its VIP day and will run through Monday at the City Dock in Annapolis.
Miles of docks have been constructed to exhibit one of the largest collections of catamarans and trimarans in the world. Visitors can see new cruising sailboats, kayaks, paddleboards and canoes, as well as acres of on-land exhibits.
Several boats were slated to make their world and U.S. debuts at the show, including the Beneteau Oceanis 51.1; Boreal 47; Discovery 58; the Dufour 520 Grand Large; Hallberg-Rassy 412; Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 440; the Malbec 18 Pocket Cruiser; and the Nautor’s Swan 50,
New this year is the American Sailing Summit in Annapolis, presented by Annapolis Boat Shows in partnership with Cruising World, Sail, and Blue Water Sailing magazines. The initiative will run through Oct. 12 at the Naval Academy Club at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Annapolis Boat Shows has bundled its pre-eminent educational programs — Cruisers University, Take the Wheel and First Sail Workshop — with eight days of workshops, on-board training and seminars.
First Sail Workshop is sponsored by Annapolis Boat Shows, Beneteau America, the American Sailing Association, Annapolis Yacht Sales and SailTime.
Participants in the First Sail Workshop will learn the basics of sailing in a 45-minute classroom session at the National Sailing Hall of Fame, immediately followed by 90 minutes on the water with SailTime and American Sailing Association instructors on the new Beneteau First 22.
“We’ve got the biggest show ever. The weather’s perfect this week,” Paul Jacobs, president and general manager of the Annapolis Boat Shows, said on YouTube.
Here is a video previewing the show.
Jeanneau brought eight boats to display and “we’ve got four more in the Take the Wheel Program where people can go out and try boats,” Jeanneau America president Nick Harvey said in the video. “We’re the sold sponsor of this event this year.