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Annapolis celebrates 37th year of boat shows

OCT. 5 — The U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., kicked off Thursday and runs until Monday, with the latest racing and cruising boats (multihulls and monohulls) on display at City Dock to board and inspect.

In addition to the boats, the show offers free seminars in the ballroom of the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Topics range from understanding diesels to learning how to do yoga while living aboard. On Saturday evening, author John Otterbacher will discuss his new book, “Sailing Grace,” which chronicles the Atlantic crossing he and his family made.

Next weekend, powerboats will occupy City Dock for the U.S. Powerboat Show (Oct. 11 to 14). Free seminars will be held Friday and Saturday in the Arnold Room at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, in partnership with Chesapeake Bay magazine and the Annapolis School of Seamanship. One of the panels will discuss how to obtain a captain’s license, and another will cover the basics of marine electronics, old and new.

Both shows include vendors selling a variety of products, from foul weather gear to financing and insurance.

In other news, Annapolis Boat Shows has announced the first annual yacht show at the NationalHarbor, to be held in Washington the first weekend of May. The show will feature new, brokerage and charter yachts from 60 to 150 feet.

For more information, including admission and show hours, visit

— Elizabeth Ellis