Strong sales reported at 2013 Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show
April 25, 2013
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Attendees Enjoyed New Sailboats and Gear, Free Sailboat Rides, America’s Cup Pavilion and More
Oakland, Calif. (April 25, 2013) –Thousands of sailing enthusiasts of all ages visited this year’s Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show, held April 11-14, at Jack London Square in Oakland, California. Visitors enjoyed nearly 100 new sailboats, gear, accessories, hardware, free sailboat rides, an America’s Cup Exhibit with the America’s Cup Trophy on display and more. More than 5,500 attendees participated in 110 free and paid seminars and hands-on workshops designed for all skill levels.
“The combination of increased attendance and exhibitor sales exceeded our expectations for this event and the seminars had their best year ever,” said Sail America Association Manager Peter Durant. “Even the VIP event on board the USS Potomac doubled in registrations and many exhibitors reported the readiness of this year’s participant to buy was higher, demonstrating great momentum for the sailing industry.”
“This is the best boat show we’ve had in years,” said Pat Garfield of Farallone Yachts/Catalina/Tartan C&C. “We wrote on the spot contracts, booked sea trials and signed up several interested customers for a Tartan C&C factory tour.”
From nautical novices to serious sailors, the Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show was the place for people to immerse themselves in the sailing lifestyle, talk to experts, participate in hands-on seminars, learn new sailing techniques, get on the water and have fun. Sailboats of every size and budget filled the grounds of Jack London Square, both in and out of the water including sleek racers, catamarans, luxury yachts and dinghies.
“The quality of the attendee at this year’s Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show was superb,” said Debbie Reynolds from Passage Yachts/Beneteau. “Dealers, manufacturers and brokers reported that many boats were sold at the show. This was decidedly an upturn for the boating market. “People were much more willing to pull the trigger on big ticket purchases. There was a much greater sense of consumer confidence. We wrote six contracts at the show and have booked many upcoming sea trials, this hasn’t happened in years.”
Since 2013 is the year of the America’s Cup, the America’s Cup Pavilion proved to be a popular spot. America’s Cup Ambassadors provided details on everything that is America’s Cup. True enthusiasts enjoyed informational presentations on the Summer of Racing from America’s Cup race officials, meet and greet opportunities with ORACLE TEAM USA and Artemis Racing team members, presentations by American Youth Sailing Force members challenging for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, and an up close look at the iconic trophy. America’s Cup Ambassadors were on site educating attendees on race viewing, seating and public events at America’s Cup Park (Piers 27/29) and America’s Cup Village (Marina Green). Advanced VIP seating tickets were also available for purchase.
The Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show is produced by Sail America, the trade association for the U.S. sailing industry dedicated to promoting the health and growth of sailing. Established in 1990, Sail America now has more than 500 members representing all segments of the sailing market. For more information, visit www.sailamerica.com.