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Friday, October 18, 2019

Sail America’s Industry Breakfast kicked off the second day of the 50th United States Sailboat Show (October 10-14). With clear blue skies on the horizon, the Annapolis Boat Shows announced Robert Lipkin, aka Bob Bitchin, as the winner of the 6th annual Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award. Trading in his Harley wheels

tags: Awards, Lifestyle, Sailing

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The United States Sailboat Show closed the gates on a successful 50th edition in historic downtown Annapolis on Monday, October 14. The gates flooded – in more ways than one – over the holiday weekend as the show hit record numbers. Educational programs and workshops sold out in advance of the show, proving the sailing

tags: Boat Show, East Coast, Sailing

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

There was a time when most sailboats were created from the outside in. This meant that naval architects would carefully draw up designs based on how a boat would react to the water and looked at from the dock. They would then stuff whatever they could fit inside for living accommodations. Narrow hulls, sweeping overhangs, and low

by: Ken Quant, Broad Reach Marketing

tags: Decorative, Sailing

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Alerion Express 30 is the first Alerion offered with the option of a carbon-fiber bowsprit for the asymmetric gennaker. Combined with a full-roach mainsail and swept-spreader carbon-fiber mast, the Alerion 30 is a true thoroughbred. Add in the lightweight, stiff construction, utilizing a reinforced structural grid and vinyl

tags: New Boat Models, Sailing

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Each year, Offshore Sailing School offers just one new boat for display at a super discount. Purchasing a new Colgate 26 sailboat will cost $54,950 but one lucky buyer will save $10,000 on the C26 that will be displayed at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis in October. The lucky buyer may take delivery from Annapolis on October 15,

tags: Brokerage, Sailing

Thursday, September 26, 2019

For more than 55 years, Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School has taught over 150,000 adults and families how to sail. More than a statistic though is the impact that learning to sail has had on so many lives. Grandparents return to take courses with their grandchildren, providing the opportunity for three family

by: Beth Oliver, Director of Marketing, Offshore Sailing School

tags: Education, Sailing

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Runners train for marathons; hikers cultivate strength to traverse mountain ranges; and sailors learn to race. Freshwater sailors hone these skills to capture flags in the most challenging endurance races of the Great Lakes region – Lake Superior’s Trans Superior International Yacht Race, Lake Michigan’s Chicago

by: Melissa Walsh

tags: Feel Good Story, Lake Huron, Sailing

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

On July 15th, 2019, I sailed across the finish line just off Mackinac Island. 51 hours earlier, I started off the skyline in Chicago, for the 111th running of “The Chicago to Mackinac” sailboat race. With 266 boats entered and approximately 2200 sailors, I was excited to be starting a long-time bucket list item. As I

by: Mike Schnitzka

tags: Lake Michigan, Lifestyle, Racing, Sailing

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

It’s not about the boats. Sure, there are hundreds of them and thousands of people from all around the world who come to see them, but the boats are secondary to the show. For local sailors, the Annapolis Sailboat Show begins before the gates open the Thursday of Columbus Day weekend. It begins when we see the fence start to go

by: Molly Winans

tags: Feel Good Story, Sailing, Boat Show, East Coast

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The July 4th weekend brought the Tall Ships Challenge, an annual series of tall ship races and maritime port festivals geared towards celebrating maritime history, to the Port of Buffalo for four days of parades, tours, exhibitions, and festivities. Mid-afternoon on the 4th witnessed a parade of 12 majestic and historic tall ships

tags: History, Sailing