Richmond, CA, April 11, 2019 – Thousands of boating enthusiasts from across the country attended the 2019 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show over four days, April 4-7. As the show was closing down on Sunday, crowds stayed on browsing, putting the marine sport lifestyle show into overtime at the Richmond waterfront’s Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor.
In its fourth year in Richmond, over 150 exhibitors packed the 45,000 S.F. exhibit space inside the Craneway Pavilion and the in-water boat showcase at Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, featuring some of the newest boats available this year. Boat show visitors demoed new sail boats and tested innovative marine products and gear, taking advantage of expert advice and great boat show discounts.
Camaraderie among the sailing and boating community was at an all-time high. “It was exciting to welcome such a dedicated and collegial maritime crowd, including our passionate exhibitors and in-water boat display participants, “said Katie Kelly, Sail America Association Manager. “The Bay Area turnout was great and full ferry service next year will make it even easier and more fun for folks to visit the 2020 boat show.”
This sentiment was echoed by Jess Parker Co-founder of 510-Waterline Stand Up Paddle, “I felt really connected with the exhibitors this year! There was a lot of cross-promotion and valuable relationships established. Spinlock asked us to wear their belt packs and they told folks about our SUP lessons. I’m looking forward to next year.” And the camaraderie continued into the evening. Latitude 38’s TGIF Party was filled to capacity on Friday night and Cruising Outpost’s Cruisers Party was a big hit, raising money for the Educational Tall Ships Project in Sausalito, CA.
Hundreds of visitors participated in over 50 seminars on a broad range of subjects from troubleshooting boat electrical systems by expert Nigel Calder, to discovering the beautiful anchorages of Mexico, resources for women sailors, how to read the weather, emergency medicine at sea, offshore cruising and more. Hands-on boating clinics featuring both sail and power boats and radio-controlled model yacht racing were favorites.
West Coast Sailing brought the new RS21 keelboat for show goers to try out. Sales Vice President Chris Brown says "The Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show was extra fun this year thanks to four days of sailing with the public on our RS21, the newest boat from RS Sailing. Marina Bay is a great spot to sail and there's nothing like reaching across the front of Craneway Pavilion with an asymmetrical spinnaker."
Boosting the enthusiastic spirit of the boat show, two members of SailGP’s U.S. team, Helmsman Rome Kirby and Grinder Mac Agnese, arrived at the Craneway by boat from San Francisco on opening day and walked the aisles talking with visitors and exhibitors about their upcoming SailGP competition on May 4-5 on San Francisco Bay with this exciting new sailing league.
Environment and safety were a focus of the outdoor activities. A big highlight of the show was the U.S. Coast Guard, who showcased their water rescue helicopter on Sunday, Young Groundwork Richmond environmental stewards offered show visitors free kayak tours around the harbor and the West Contra Costa Sea Scouts (Sea Scout Ship Northland) taught rope knotting.
The Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show thanks its generous sponsors: West Marine – the official shuttle bus and lanyard sponsor; Cruising Outpost and New England Ropes who sponsored the seminars; Helly Hansen for being the official clothing sponsor and Mantus Marine the official shuttle video sponsor. Weems & Plath sponsored the Best In Show Awards, which were presented by Sail America to Silver Seas Yachts, Passage Nautical Enterprises, Oru Kayak, and West Coast Sailing at their annual industry breakfast.
About Sail America
Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show is produced by Sail America. Sail America is the trade association for the U.S. sailing industry and plays a leadership role for all companies that are involved in providing sailing-related products and services. Established in 1990, Sail America works hard to support the success of its member businesses and the sailing industry. www.sailamerica.com
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