United States Sailboat Show, Annapolis MD
15/10/09 14:39 Filed in: Boat Shows
Thursday October 8 to Monday October 12 was the 40th Annual United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis MD and once again Paul and I and our Southerly 42, Distant Shores, participated in this wonderful in-water boat show. (See 15/11/08 Newsletter about about our trip south from Canada for last year’s boat show.)
Boat and equipment manufacturers from around the world display at this show, the largest in-water boat show in the United States. Every year it falls on the Columbus Day Weekend which is the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend too so many sailboat enthusiasts from across both the US and Canada take advantage of the long weekend and fly or drive in to Annapolis making it a very festive yachting event.
Our wedding anniversary always falls during the boat show and it’s a fun way for Paul and me to celebrate all our years together with cruising friends attending the show. This year we celebrated our 24th anniversary!
This boat show was another great opportunity for us to share information with those planning upcoming cruises and to meet with viewers of the Distant Shores TV series. This TV series (also available on DVD on our online store) follows our sailing adventures to countries around the world and gives tips and techniques for safe and enjoyable cruising aboard a sailboat.
The Distant Shores TV series is broadcast across the United States on the high-definition channel WealthTV. Check the schedule on the Wealth TV website if you are in the US or Caribbean. In Europe, Asia and Africa you can see the programs on Travel Channel. We’ll be announcing a new Canadian broadcaster in the new year. We are currently filming episode 78 about cruising in the Chesapeake Bay.
This year at Annapolis we had the pleasure of working with Ben Davies, Sales Manager of Northshore Yachts (the manufacturer of Southerly yachts) who flew over from England for the boat show and also with the new American dealers for Southerly, Jack and Sharon Malatich, of Southerly America who are based at the Gratitude Yachting Centre in Rockville, MD.
If you are interested in a new or used Southerly yacht, Jack and Sharon are the ones to contact in the US. They are handling the sale of our Southerly 42 while we await construction of our new Southerly 49! (Read more about our new Southerly 49 in Paul’s New Boat Blog) You can also see the boat listed on Yachtworld.com under Southerly 42RST.
As a result of the boat show, Jack and Sharon have been booking appointments for test sails aboard Distant Shores and we will also be showing the boat at the upcoming Open Dock at Gratitude Yachting Centre in Rockville MD on Saturday October 24 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. If you are looking for a fully-equipped ready-to-go luxury cruising yacht this Southerly 42 may be the boat for you! Start your cruising dreams now and contact the Malatiches for details. Tel. (410) 639 2777 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the next installment we’ll get back to cruising and tell you more about sailing around the Chesapeake Bay....
Sheryl and Paul
Aboard SV Distant Shores