Early each October, the best manufacturers of boats and boating gear make their way to Annapolis for the United States Sailboat Show, which again this year features the latest models of cruisers, racers, motorsailers and multihulls -- as well as tents and booths displaying and selling up-to-date gear, accessories and financing.
The show opens Thursday for trade, VIPs and the media and on Friday for the general public. The show closes Monday, with 10 a.m. openings each day.
According to show organizers, dozens of designs will be making their debuts at the Annapolis show, including a number built by the largest contingent of foreign manufacturers in a decade.
The queen of the show will be the Oyster 70, a 70-foot bluewater performance cruiser built by Oyster Marine Ltd., Southampton, England.
Builders from South Africa, Japan, Finland, France, Taiwan, Canada, Italy, Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, China and Mauritius also will be represented at the show.
Westerly, another British builder, will display its new Oceanquest 35, an aft-cabin, center-cockpit bluewater cruiser.
"This is a very British yacht," said Nancy Cann, president of Crusader Yacht Sales in Annapolis. "It's fast, comfortable and built to an extremely high standard."
From daysailers and small racers to pilot cutters and pilothouse cruisers, foreign builders will be well represented, offering a look at designs and builders with good reputations and perhaps favorable exchange rates.
The number of sailing multihulls on display also will be up over last year, with three trimarans and 40 catamarans scheduled to be on display, including the Gemini 33, which is built in Annapolis.
As always, the best U.S. builders will be present, and the Valiant 50 is among those making its debut at the show.
Sabre, Catalina, Hunter, J Boats and Jeanneau America are among those with multi-boat displays.
Shoreside, U.S. Sailing and Sailing World magazine will hold a series of free seminars at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Topics include outfitting for coastal cruising, women and the sailing lifestyle, preparing for offshore voyaging, and marine weather. Although seminars are free, tickets must be reserved. Check with the Cruising World booth for availability.
Also shoreside will be 440 booths, a nautical mall, where virtually every boating need can be served -- from financing a new purchase to buying a new motor.
The Internal Revenue Service is transferring $12 million in excise tax receipts from sales of archery equipment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. USFWS will distribute the funds to states for wildlife conservation and hunter safety education in the coming year.
Originally, because of a switch from monthly to quarterly transfers to USFWS, the funds would not have been dispersed to states until fiscal year 1999.
Betsy Alison of Newport, R.I., placed 1-3-2-4 in the last four races of the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships and won the event for the fifth time in seven runnings.
Margaret Podlich's team from Annapolis finished 12th in the week-long event, which was held in Newport and sailed in J/24s.
Anne Eager from Galesville finished 18th in the fleet of 36.
U.S. Sailboat Show
What: 28th annual United States Sailboat Show, largest in-the-water fall show in the world.
Where: City Dock and harbor, Annapolis
When: Trade/media/VIP day is Thursday; public days are Friday through Monday. Show opens at 10 a.m. each day.
Admission: General admission is $12 for adults and $6 for all children 12 and under. VIP tickets are $25 each.
Pub Date: 10/05/97