Enjoying The Sailing Vibe In Annapolis

October 14, 2010

50,000 people turned out this past weekend for the Annapolis Boat Show, and I was lucky enough to be walking the docks right there with them! To make it even better, we had sunny, warm weather the entire weekend. My neighbor Chuck swears it was the best weather the show's seen in its 41-year history!  My first time visiting this show, I was impressed with the size of the show, and with the unique "sailing vibe" there. The Fort Lauderdale and Miami shows are larger, but they're predominantly powerboat shows, and their "vibe" is very different. Here in Annapolis, it was all about sailing.  My own show favorites were the hot little Audi Melges 20 and the beautiful Oyster 72 with a great cockpit setup.  Aside from the boats and accessories, the show also offered basic sailing instruction in an onshore classroom setting - people were constantly lined up waiting to get in! It was also great fun running into so many people I'd worked or sailed with before, including our 2000 America's Cup skipper, John Kolius with KO-Sailing in Texas.  [caption id="attachment_659" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Enjoying "Pain Killers" on the Rooftop Terrace Bar"][/caption]  
Sales during the show were up, which is certainly a welcome sign to an industry hit particularly hard by the economic recession. With dealers nationwide cutting back and carrying smaller inventories, I suspect turnout may be higher at all of the upcoming boat shows - and that's good for everyone!  The historical buildings, fabulous restaurants and interesting nightlife in Annapolis added to the fun of the entire weekend but, alas, I left without having a single crab cake, so it looks like I'll have to make a return visit to the show next year.  DJ 
Annapolis Yacht Club



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