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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Granddaddy of All Boat Shows Opens

Boating enthusiasts from around the world are gathering in Annapolis for the five days of the spectacular United States Sailboat Show from October 6 to 10.
Several hundred shiny new sailboats will be on display, hundreds more exhibitors will be on land, dozens of seminars will be presented by a "who's who" of the sailing world, and festivities galore will entertain show guests in Annapolis. 
The following weekend, the inner harbor of Annapolis will be transformed into one of the largest in-water powerboat shows in the country.
The move-in of United States Sailboat Show number 42 begins today in downtown Annapolis. The crews, contractors, exhibitors, and captains had three days to build a 300-boat marina and erect a city of tents prior to the Thursday opening of the granddaddy of all boat shows. Visitors from all fifty states and from around the world are first struck by the history surrounding the event; the United States Naval Academy, our country's first capital where George Washington resigned his commission, and the first-ever in water boat show forty two years ago. 
More new sailboats are assembled in this spot for these five days than anywhere in the country. The largest collection of multihulls are brought to Annapolis each year. More new sailboat models are introduced at this event than any other show and nearly two dozen new models will be premiered here this week.
Tickets and show information are available on line at www.usboat.com or by calling 410-268-8828. Visit www.visitannapolis.org for information on Annapolis & The Chesapeake Bay.
For more information about top events in Maryland take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Maryland