Annapolis, Maryland (October 2, 2015) —— The 46th annual United States Sailboat Show is on schedule for Thursday, October 8th opening. Hurricane Joaquin put quite a scare through the sailing industry intent on participating in the Annapolis Sailboat Show, October 8th -12th, but the hurricane has diverted its path and is expected to miss the east coast.
Media reports had predicted the arrival of Joaquin at precisely the time the Annapolis show is to be constructed with boats moving into the huge temporary marina consisting of 60 temporary pilings, a mile-and-a-half of floating docks, six miles of electrical cable, a temporary water system, fire equipment, and an entire city of tents.
In most years, this equipment does not move into Ego Alley until the weekend prior to opening. This year, in anticipation of a hurricane, show producers implemented contingency plans to ensure the move-in schedule would stay on track by moving in all floating docks, temporary pilings, and infrastructure several days early.
Weather reports and storm tracking models now have the hurricane moving northeast and heading out to sea in 90% of the scenarios. The East Coast may be buffeted by rain and winds through the weekend, but Joaquin should track parallel to the coast and stay well offshore, according to early morning reports.
In Annapolis, the floating docks are in place and the first boats are encouraged to move in on Sunday. Monday morning at 0700 pile driving begins as scheduled and all boats are expected to arrive on schedule. The move-in schedule is on the Annapolis Boat Shows web site under "For Exhibitors." Each year the entire show is custom built, with all exhibitors in place in just three days. This year will be no exception and the show will open Thursday, October 8 at 10:00 am.
This year's show is expected to be one of the largest in history with all land spaces sold out weeks ago and docks chock full of all imaginable sailing platforms. Family cruisers, racing sleds, inflatables, day sailors, offshore cruising vessels, and the largest collection of multihulls anywhere will be available for viewing. Special events include the Premier Launch Party, First Sail Workshops, Take the Wheel Workshop, Cruisers University, an open seminar series, and the grand prize drawing for a Beneteau First 22.
All systems are go for the 46th United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis October 8-12, 2015.
October 8-12, 2015
October 8, 2015 * VIP Preview Day * 10:00am – 6:00pm
October 9, 2015 * 10:00am – 6:30pm
October 10, 2015 * 10:00am – 6:30pm
October 11, 2015 * 10:00am – 6:30pm
October 12, 2015 10:00am – 5:00pm
October 15-18, 2015
October 15, 2015 * 10:00am – 6:00pm VIP Preview Day
October 16, 2015 * 10:00am – 6:30pm
October 17, 2015 * 10:00am – 6:30pm
October 18, 2015 * 10:00am – 5:00pm