The City Docks of Annapolis, Maryland will once again be buzzing with excitement as a large and enthusiastic crowd of boat lovers return for the 51st anniversary of the United States Sailboat Show this Fall from October 14 through 18. Major manufacturers from the U.S. and abroad will pack Ego Alley for the largest and most prestigious sailboat show as they debut their newest and most exciting sailboats.
From monohulls to multihulls, top exhibitors like BENETEAU and Fountaine Pajot invite sailors to board and inspect their latest models on the market, make side-by-side comparisons, and talk directly to their industry representatives. Tents will be stocked with the latest in nautical gear and accessories ranging from electronic navigation, communication equipment, sails, and rigging. Financial institutions and charter companies will also line the exhibitor space providing investment advice and affordable vacation options.
Novice and seasoned sailors alike are welcome to expand their horizons by signing up for a number of educational opportunities. The much-desired Cruisers University offers a comprehensive and expanded curriculum featuring the most respected names in sailing. Take a Catamaran Cruising course with Two Can Sail’s Jeff Grossman & Jean Levine or an Electrical Systems Master Class with Nigel Calder. New to boating? Classes such as First Sail Workshop and Take The Wheel provide a hands-on experience as you test drive selected boat models and learn the basics of sailing and boat buying.
While shopping for a new boat is on many attendees’ lists, some are looking for that next chartered vacation. This year climb aboard the beautiful Arabella as it joins the line-up of prestigious boats on display. The American Sailing Association has chartered this 157-foot mega-yacht featuring three masts and will be bringing her to the United States Sailboat Show. Take your time to walk aboard this mega yacht and sign up for the chance to win a future cruise. There are plenty of other options for charters that will all be featured in the show’s Vacation Basin. Browse amongst dozens of charter companies, speak with tourism boards, explore fractional ownership, take advantage of boat show discounts, win valuable vacation-oriented door prizes, and explore adventure travel and exotic destination resorts.
Entertainment at the Annapolis Boat Show
Not just about business, the show looks to provide a fun and entertaining weekend for all. Each day will include libations like High Noon hard seltzers, Whitehaven wine, Noble Oak whisky, Partida tequila, and Reyka vodka in the tasting tent and live performances from a number of local musicians. Located in America’s sailing capital, visitors can also enjoy Annapolis restaurants, crab cakes, raw oysters, waterfront bars, glorious sunsets, historic walking tours, and strolls through the U.S. Naval Academy.
The show’s VIP Experience provides the perfect atmosphere for the discriminating boat buyer who is looking for VIP treatment. Escape the crowds with a cocktail in hand and a bite to eat as you enjoy exclusive access to a relaxing lounge area with comfortable seating, elegant cuisine, and wine and cocktail tastings throughout the day. Serious about a new boat purchase? Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in the LAVICTOIRE FINANCE VIP program. This unique innovative VIP program allows boat buyers to get pre-qualified for marine financing in advance.
Tickets are available for advance purchase on the Annapolis Boat Show website. Admission is $20 per person and $10 for children 12 and under. Each attendee who purchases their tickets prior to the show will be automatically entered to win a number of grand prizes such as a 6-night, 7-day charter in the British Virgin Islands or, as previously mentioned, a trip aboard the beautiful 157-foot sailing yacht, Arabella. Day of ticket holders can also enter to win the same prizes at the show. For more information, visit www.AnnapolisBoatShows.com.