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Guide to the U.S. Sailboat Show, Annapolis

U.S. Sailboat Show 2011

Annapolis, MD. Tomorrow is the closing day of the United States Sailboat Show in our nation’s sailing capital, the perennially quaint port town of Annapolis. Even if you’re not a sailor, the boat show offers a wonderful opportunity to step aboard some terrific yachts. Go and salivate over the opulence of the Oyster 655 or marvel at the utilitarian layout of Morris Yachts’ U.S. Coast Guard Academy Leadership 44. (This is in fact the World Premiere of their civilian model.) If you’re in need of some shiny new gear or simply a solid raincoat, you’ll have your pick of a slew of the sport’s top outfitters, like Atlantis, Gill, Henri Lloyd, and Musto. Or get a head start on your Christmas shopping at any of the nautical themed jewelry vendors, or even Valentine’s day shopping at Sea Fever Gear which offers “Nauti-Nities” made out of recycled spinnakers. In addition to nautical sleep wear, the hot pink spinnaker jackets from Sea Fever Gear make for great 80s revival costumes. You could probably even find a nautical themed pashmina afghan if that’s what you’re into. 

Enjoying a tasty Pain Killer from Pusser's

Hungry? Take a break from the crowded docks and retire to dry land for some raw oysters and meaty crab cakes at McGarvey’s Saloon. Once you’ve refueled, hit up Pusser’s Caribbean Grille for a soothing Painkiller, a therapeutic concoction made of pineapple juice, orange juice, cream of coconut, sprinkled nutmeg, and your choice of 2, 3, or 4 parts Pusser’s rum, appropriately corresponding to your level of “pain”. 

Sunset Annapolis

Practical Info: 

Adult tickets cost $15 online, $17 at the gate. For a full list of exhibitors and vendors, check out the U.S. Sailboat Show website.

FYI: If powerboats are more your speed, then stick around for the United States Powerboat Show which runs from October 13th to the 16th at the same site.

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