West Marine Sponsors United States Sailing and Powerboat Shows

Both annual boating shows will be largest in Annapolis history

Watsonville, CA, Oct 1, 2018 - West Marine, the world’s top boating, fishing and sailing retailer, announced today its corporate sponsorship of the United States Sailboat Show, Oct. 4 to 8, and the United States Powerboat Show, Oct. 11 to 14, at the City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland.

During both events, boaters and boating enthusiasts from across the nation gather in the historic seaport of Annapolis to shop from all major boat manufacturers as well as purchase boating supplies, navigation equipment, fishing gear, clothing and marine accessories, and to participate in various seminars. Tickets are available for purchase online and at authorized ticket booths.

“We’re excited to sponsor the United States Sailing and Powerboat shows in Annapolis,” said Doug Robinson, West Marine CEO. “Both shows draw boating enthusiasts from all corners of the U.S., creating a great opportunity to share our extensive boating knowledge and to engage with boaters regarding the latest products on the market.”

Now in its 49th year, the annual United States Sailboat Show is the nation’s largest and oldest show of new sailboats and will include nearly 600 exhibitors and over 200 boats from 16 to 75 feet in size. Attracting more than 50,000 sailboat enthusiasts, the event will feature the introduction of new boats and products, and attendees can enjoy opening day discounts. Attendees will also be able to cruise aboard the 74-foot Schooner Woodwind, enjoy free cocktails and wine tastings, and attend free sailing seminars. Former Redskins running back Brian Mitchell will join ESPN for a live broadcast Oct. 5th from 1p.m. to 4 p.m.

During the 47th annual edition of the United States Powerboat Show, attendees of the nation’s oldest and largest in-water boat exhibition will have the opportunity to shop from all major powerboat manufacturers, and board over 650 center console and tour brokerage boats ranging from 16 to 75 feet. Attendees can also attend three affordable on-water boat handling courses conducted by West Marine, the BoatU.S. Foundation and other partners, as well as free seminars.

“After several years’ hiatus from boat shows, we are thrilled that West Marine will be rejoining the many high-quality exhibitors in our fall shows,” said Paul Jacobs, president of Annapolis Boat Shows. “This move indicates an industry trend to present more aggressive and professional marketing activities in an effort to reach consumer and business audiences. This year’s shows, both sail and power, will be the largest in Annapolis history. The return of West Marine is indicative of a strong and optimistic marine industry."

For more information regarding both events, interested parties can visit www.annapolisboatshows.com. Visit West Marine at Land 81 during the Sailboat Show, Oct 4-8 and Land 33 during the Powerboat Show, Oct. 11-14.

About West Marine

For more than 50 years, West Marine has been the premier retailer of boating, fishing, sailing and paddling gear. With nearly 250 stores located in 38 states and Puerto Rico and an eCommerce website reaching domestic, international and professional customers, West Marine is recognized as a leading resource for cruisers, sailors, anglers and paddlesports enthusiasts. West Marine associates share the same love for the water as our customers and provide helpful advice on the gear and gadgets they need to be safe and have fun. To learn more about West Marine, please visit the West Marine website at westmarine.com

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