Fall is right around the corner and we all know that for Annapolis, October means boat shows. After a full-year hiatus, the United States Sailboat Show returns to City Dock October 14-18. Here are the top five reasons this show should be on your calendar.
Filling ego alley with boats and manufacturers from around the world, the United States Sailboat Show allows you to climb aboard sailboats on display in the water and on land. Catamarans, monohulls, family cruisers, daysailers, blue water sailboats, sailing dinghies – there is something for everyone. This in-water sailboat show is the largest in the world. It’s a must-see for sailors! In addition to nearly one hundred sailboats, exhibitors on site will present and demonstrate gear, apparel, equipment, electronics, hardware, sails, canvas, and so much more.
- Premiering Boats
There is little doubt as to why this location is chosen by international manufacturers for unveiling their new models and product innovations. Performance sailboats, racing dinghies, multihulls, and innovative monohulls spring from the drawing boards of engineers and designers from around the world and come to life to converge in Annapolis each fall. This year, an impressive lineup of new and premiering boats is being introduced. The BENETEAU Oceanis 40.1 features unrivaled deck volume and interior space – all without sacrificing performance. The CNB66 – though a large yacht is designed to be easily handled by a family crew. The Dufour 61 was developed to provide simple instinctive sailing that is exciting and efficient, and combines luxury and simplicity. The Samana 59 will enchant even the most seasoned sailor as it brings friends and family together for unforgettable moments on this new 59-foot Flagship luxury catamaran.
- Vacation Basin
If you are dedicated to chartering, travel, and vacations – swing by Vacation Basin. Here boat show enthusiasts can browse 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. It is your chance to open up your cruising possibilities worldwide.
Learn to sail or cruise into the sunset with classes available during the show. First Sail Workshop allows first-time sailors to learn the basics, and experience the joy of sailing in a 45-minute classroom session, immediately followed by 90 minutes on the water with SailTime and American Sailing Association instructors.
Cruisers University is now a seven-day program addressing a complete range of cruising topics for all levels and experiences to help you prepare to live aboard a boat and begin your boating adventures with confidence.
Take the Wheel is the perfect on-and-off water learning experience providing a morning classroom session to learn about sailboat design and the tools you need to maximize your boating pleasure and budget. The on-the-water session allows you to sail aboard your choice of two out of eight yachts with the chance to get a stem to stern look with wind in the sails.
- VIP Treatment
Escape from the crowds with a cocktail and a bite to eat as you enjoy the Show with all-inclusive amenities and luxurious accommodations. The VIP Experience is for the discriminating boat buyer looking for VIP treatment. Accommodations include exclusive access to a relaxing lounge area with comfortable seating, elegant cuisine provided by Latitude 38, and wine and cocktail tastings throughout the day from brands such as Reyka Vodka, Highnoon Vodka & Soda, White Haven Wine, Nobel Oak Whiskey, and Partida Tequila. The VIP Experience is provided by LaVictoire Finance who will also pre-qualify boat buyers for marine financing in advance of purchasing participating new boat brands.
Make plans today to join thousands of other enthusiastic boaters in the historic seaport of Annapolis. Cheers to the shows’ return in the tasting tent as you share stories, explore boats, and dream of your next sailing adventure among some of the most beautiful sailing vessels on the planet. Purchase your tickets in advance and be automatically entered to win a number of special door prizes including a charter aboard the sailing yacht, Arabella, and a 6-night, 7-day charter in the British Virgin Islands. Learn more and purchase at www.AnnapolisBoatShows.com.