Racing sailors and cruisers alike will find plenty to see and do this weekend at Crusader Yacht Sales' annual open house and boat show at its headquarters at Port Annapolis Marina on Bembe Beach Road in Annapolis.
In addition to boats, boats and more boats and plenty of related goods, gear and services, one of the weekend's top attractions will be sailing legend Buddy Melges, Olympic medalist, world champion and most recently a winning America's Cup skipper, who will be one of two featured speakers during the two-day event.
Melges will speak at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday on his America's Cup experiences. He also will introduce his new Melges 24, a Reichel-Pugh designed, planing-hulled, trailerable 24-foot daysailer/racer weighing in at a mere 1,500 pounds and promising sailing excitement to burn.
The first Melges 24 off the production line at Melges' Wisconsin boat works made its racing debut in January at Yachting Race Week in Key West, Fla., where it attracted plenty of attention.
Also appearing during the event will be W. I. B. Crealock, one of the world's foremost blue-water yacht designers.
Crealock will speak at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and noon and 3 p.m. Sunday, talking about design philosophy and sharing stories of his South Pacific adventures.
Crusader spokesmen promise at least a dozen new Tartans, Pacific Seacrafts and Melges 24s on display during the weekend, along with more than 30 used boats, which will be open for inspection during the open-house hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
In addition, sailing demonstrations of the Melges 24 will be available all day both days.
Chesapeake Sailing School, also located at Port Annapolis Marina, will join Crusader in opening its doors to welcome the public during the weekend, and is offering a 15 percent discount to anyone signing up for basic, intermediate or mini-courses.
Admission to all parts of the event is free, although reservations for seating to hear the speakers is recommended.
For more information, or to reserve space to hear Melges or Crealock, call Crusader Yacht Sales, (410) 269-0939.
Sail the wild ocean
Armchair adventurers and anyone curious about what it's like to sail in one of the world's most grueling ocean races and on some of the planet's most menacing waters can stop by the West Marine store in the Hillsmere Shopping Center in Annapolis tomorrow at 7 p.m.
Two-time Whitbread Round-the-World Race veteran John Jourdane will make a presentation titled "Icebergs Port & Starboard."
Jourdane has sailed more than 200,000 miles in virtually every ocean race across the globe during the past 15 years, and will share his experiences in the 1989-90 Whitbread as part of the crew of the New Zealand maxi-yacht Fisher & Paykel, for whom he also served as on-board electronics specialist.
Admission to the presentation is $5. Tickets, available by phone or at the store, are required.
West's spring series of free seminars will continue March 18, when John Potter of Ocean Outfitters will discuss solar panels and inverters at 7.
For more information or reservations for the Jourdane lecture, call West Marine, (410) 268-0129, or stop by the store at 111 Hillsmere Drive in Annapolis.