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Springtime in Annapolis brings sailboats back to City Dock

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The 2014 Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show opens April 25th and runs through April 27th. The third annual in-water springtime show features more than 80 new and previously-owned sailboats and celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of the sailing year. Sailboats of all types and sizes will be on display including catamarans, mono hulls, racing boats, inflatables, and day sailors.

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The show will feature several debuts:

  • The North American premier of the Bavaria Cruiser 33 from Bavaria Yachts--almost 300 hulls of the new Cruiser 33 design have been sold globally since its introduction a year ago.
  • The Farr 280 One Design, a new 30 foot grand prix-racing sailboat for a moderate crew of five, will be introduced.
  • Sleek contemporary X-Yachts will be displayed by Forbes Horton Yachts.
  • The newest Legacy Catamaran, the 2014 Gemini Legacy 35, will also be launched at the show.

Set in the charming and historic seaport of Annapolis, the Spring Sailboat Show is the first opportunity of the year for experienced and novice sailors to shop for the latest in equipment, electronics, clothing and boating accessories at the 100+ on-land nautical exhibits and on-site pro surf shops.

Featured at the Spring Sailboat Show and designed to enhance life aboard a boat, Cruisers University, April 24-27, is one of the most in-depth forums available for the current or future cruiser. Developed by boaters for boaters, Cruisers University includes 50 expert-taught courses, in-depth classes designed for women, and intensive hands-on programs focused on high-tech navigation and diesel maintenance. The curriculum consists of formal classes ranging from 75 minutes to two days in duration on topics such as popular destinations, boat systems, cruising lifestyles, weather, and electronic navigation.

Highlights to look for at the 2014 Spring Sailboat Show:

  • Foulest Foulies Contest, Friday-April 25, sponsored by Spinsheet. Winner will receive a new set of foul weather gear, courtesy of Helly Hansen and Fawcett.
  • Valuable door prizes donated by sponsors and exhibitors.
  • Surfset exercise classes and stand-up paddleboard demos by Mantra Fit.
  • Networking party on Friday night for attendees and exhibitors.

"We are looking forward to broadcasting from these Annapolis area staple events. Nothing says spring more than being out on a sailboat and these shows are a great way to kick off the season," Tracy Hart, General Manager of 810 WYRE said.

The Annapolis Boat Shows has produced in-water shows since 1970. The six annual power and sailboat shows combined attract more than 150,000 visitors to the Chesapeake Bay region. The spring dates for 2014 are:

Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show

April 25 10:00am to 6:00pm
April 26 10:00am to 6:00pm
April 27 10:00am to 5:00pm
City Dock, Annapolis, MD

Cruisers University

April 24-27, 2014, Annapolis, MD

Bay Bridge Boat Show

April 11- 13 2014, Stevensville, MD

For more information about the shows visit their website at www.usboat.com.

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