And the US Sailboat Show also increased attendance.
Annapolis City Docks quickly grew from a boater’s paradise to a sailor’s dream as a Annapolis Boat Shows worked tirelessly to rebuild their famous temporary marina to accommodate the best sailboat manufacturers in the industry. Just three days after the United States Powerboat Show closed, the United States Sailboat Show opened with a marina full of monohulls, multihulls and sailing boats for an exciting five-day event. Tents and land exhibits showcased the latest boating equipment, accessories, equipment and services, and experts from around the world gathered to talk about sailing.
With attendance up by nearly 5% compared to the previous year, it is clear that once again the sailing industry is doing well. Exhibitors were thrilled to go out and showcase their latest models at this historic in-water show, and attendees were thrilled to board these ships, connect with other sailors, and have a great time at the downtown Annapolis.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the support we received from our attendees, exhibitors and the city,” said Sheila Jones, Executive Director of the Annapolis Boat Shows. “It was wonderful to see this great community of boaters come together again to do business, build new relationships and have a great time!
The show’s newest feature, The Sailing Channels Booth, has drawn its own impressive crowd. Hosting some of the best sailing vloggers in the industry, spectators had the opportunity to meet families, couples and individuals who are living the dream of sailing. Every hour of the show, a new group of video makers appeared at the booth to share their stories and pose for photos with like-minded sailors. Hundreds of attendees flocked to their Vacation Basin location to meet these adventurers and learn from their experiences.
As at the Motorboat Show last week, the Sailboat Show exhibitors were real heroes. Given the recent boom in new boaters during the pandemic, many manufacturers have struggled to keep up with the growing demand. Still, the Sailboat Show exhibitors overcame supply chain issues and showed up to provide a great experience. More than 200 boats were on display, including 15 in preview.
“The Annapolis show was a lot of fun,” Hanse US managing director said. “It was great to connect with familiar and enthusiastic faces. The show itself seems to get busier every year, like life on earth. This year has been very rewarding.
The Annapolis Boat Shows also delivered once again on their commitment to getting people to sail with the First Sail Workshop. 226 people took part in a 45-minute course on land before setting off on the water to try their hand at sailing off the docks of the Show. The hugely popular Take the Wheel program, which guides potential boat owners through the buying process and gives them the opportunity to sail on several different models, was again full with 66 participants, and Cruisers University of several. days was a success with sailors looking to improve their seamanship.
The 2022 Sailboat Show is scheduled to take place October 13-17, 2022 following the United States Powerboat Show, which runs October 6-9, 2022. For more information on the shows, please visit AnnapolisBoatShows.com .
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