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Boat Show at McCovey Cove invites families and all levels this week, first ever

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The San Francisco Boat Show this weekend at McCovey Cove, Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, January 26, will be the first ever and promises everything for every level of sailor, from luxury yachts to sail boats to paddle boarding in the Cove. If you have ever wanted to try sailing, take a free lesson. Fishing enthusiasts will be able to check out the latest fishing vessels. Cruisers will have a look at entry level cruising boats.

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There’s a lot more with family activities, hands-on demos, sailing equipment and sailing seminars. Visit the paddleboarding attraction at the Try It Cove at Pier 48 or take a two or three hour power boat lesson on the water. Fred’s Shed hosts interactive learning.

If you miss the epic America’s Cup #34 and can’t wait until #35 begins, this should help tide you over (get it, tide?).

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WHEN: Thursday, January 23, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, January 24, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 25, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: McCovey Cove & Pier 48 – Adjacent to AT&T Park

24 Willie Mays Plaza

San Francisco, California 94107

TICKETS: $12/adults (16 and older)/Free to youth 15 and under if accompanied by paying adult.

DISCOUNTS: BART ticket holders-$2 discount. Giants season ticket holders-50% off adult admission.

Active military personnel, firemen and police are admitted FREE with ID.

Advance tickets can be purchased at SFBoatShow.com.

Bike riders will have an easy flat cruise along the Embarcadero. Muni goes to the park but allows no bikes. A pleasant and scenic walk from Embarcadero BART.

Official show guide here

For more information: www.SFBoatShow.com; www.twitter.com/SFBoatShow; www.facebook.com/sanfranciscoboatshow

Check out youth sailing around the Bay at www.SailSFBay.org, particularly the 75 year old program on Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Cal Sailing (unrelated to the university) at the Berkeley marina offers a cooperative program based on volunteering.

For more stories by this writer check out CBS San Francisco's website under Eye on the Bay, San Francisco arts & culture "Best Of"; and San Francisco Arts & Culture on Examiner.com. Subscribe by hitting the SUBSCRIBE button at the top of this article.

Original America’s Cup San Francisco photos: https://www.facebook.com/CindyWarnerJournalist

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