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This weekend is the 42nd United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD. From October 6 – 10, more than 50,000 sailors and boating enthusiasts will gather together to, according to organizers, ‘buy, sell and dream.’

For the FilthySeaGal, that’ll be mostly ‘dream’. There are lots of beautiful boats to check out and I’ll be out there on Sunday with some of the Firefly crew. I’m not sure about my teammates, but I’ll daydreaming of sailing around the world on a multihaul. I also plan to check out some new foul weather gear while I am there.

US Sailboat Show highlights include:

  • Daily Seminars by Cruising World and Chesapeake Bay Magazines
  • Take the Wheel Interactive Workshops including Boat Demos
  • Smaller Boats From One Designs & Trailerables To Sailing Dinghies & Inflatables
  • Sailing Equipment, Rigging & Accessories
  • Maintenance Products & Services
  • Cruising & Vacation Charter Information
  • Hottest Domestic & International Racing and Cruising Boats
  • One of the Largest Collections of Multihull Sailboats on the Planet
  • Grand Prize Drawing – One week charter in the British Virgin Islands provided by Sunsail with airfare sponsored by BVI Tourism Board
At $17/adult ticket the price seems kind of steep, but I’ve found in prior years that there is so much to see that its worthwhile.
I hear too, if you are in Annapolis after the show, watching all the skippers maneuver out at tear-down time is very impressive.