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United States Sailboat Show kicks off Thursday in Annapolis, here's what you need to know

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It's an annual event that draws thousands to downtown Annapolis.  The United States Sailboat Show takes place October 14-18.

This is the 51st edition, canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. And the very popular show comes at a time when the boating industry is seeing record numbers and renewed excitement for the boating lifestyle during the pandemic.

Boat manufacturers can't keep up with demand as people have been looking for outdoor activities they could do in their own circle or family.

Experienced boaters and first-time buyers are entering the market in greater numbers.  The pandemic fueled a renewed sense of adventure and interest in the outdoors, and that had caused a surge in boat sales.

But with the high demand comes safety concerns.  Local boating experts in our area want to make sure those novice boaters get the training needed to wander the waves safely.

The local company SailTime has been working to make sailing more affordable and accessible to those interested in seafaring adventures and for the first time is offering the First Sail Workshop in Annapolis this week and all safety courses are now sold out.

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In 2019, the Coast Guard counted 4,168 accidents that involved 613 deaths and 2,559 injuries, according to the 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics Report. The same report found boating accidents caused $55 million in damage to property.

More than 80 percent of recreational boat operators involved in fatal boating accidents have not taken any type of boater education course, according to

This internationally acclaimed sailboat show is recognized as the world's largest and most prestigious show of its kind.

Boat show goers will enjoy the unique opportunity to board and inspect new models from virtually every major sailboat manufacturer.


Preview Day, Thursday, October 14

10:00am - 6:30pm

Friday, October 15 - Sunday, October 17

10:00am - 6:30pm

Monday, October 18

10:00am - 5:00pm

Admission to the Thursday VIP events is $35 for each show.  General admission tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for youth ages 7 to 12. Discounts are available for additional day passes. Children (6 and under) are free.


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