New Annapolis sailboat show this spring

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United States Yacht Shows, producers of the oldest in-water boat shows in the world, announced that it will produce a spring boat show called the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, featuring Cruisers University.

The new event will be held at the Annapolis City Dock, Ego Alley, surrounding city lots, the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel, the Annapolis Recreation Center, and Susan Campbell Park. The show will include more than 2,000 feet of floating docks, accommodating approximately 80 sailboats, both mono- and multihull.

Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for youth 7-12, and free for children 6 and under. For those attending Cruisers University, a separate tuition schedule will cover all classes, meals, demos, on-board instruction, and social activities. Additionally, a special Cruising Destinations Series will be available to all show attendees on Saturday and Sunday.

Cruisers University is a four-day educational program designed to introduce people to life aboard a cruising boat. Billed as "The Ultimate Aid to Navigation," Cruisers University provides expert instruction in a wide range of subjects pertinent to long-range cruising, such as on-board technical systems, cruising destinations, insuring and outfitting your boat, as well as mastery level two-day courses on Diesel Maintenance, Navigation and Chart Plotting, and Electrical Systems Design.

More than 200 powerboats of all sizes will be on display April 19-22, accompanied by more than 100 land and booth vendors. For ticketing and exhibiting information, visit www.usboat.com or call (410) 268-8828.