Attendance at Strictly Sail Long Beach up 16-percent
National Marine Manufacturers Association
October 30, 2013
Filed under News
The Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Long Beach show closed Sunday after a four-day run at Shoreline Village. In its second year as Southern California’s largest all-sail event, the 2013 show attracted nearly 5,000 people, a 16 percent increase from 2012. Initial feedback from exhibitors has been positive and mirrors what boat show exhibitors have been reporting across the country in 2013 - sales and solid leads were generated, and more visitors came looking to buy.
This year’s show offered an extensive array of features and educational opportunities designed to introduce more people to the sailing and on-water lifestyle including free sailing lessons aboard the on-land Sailing Simulator, daily seminars from sailing industry experts, and sailing workshops through Discover Boating’s Hands-On Skills Training Series, plus a variety of kids activities to attract a wider audience.
The region was abuzz about sailing with several of the market’s major media outlets covering the show:
Long Beach Press Telegram-Long Beach events: Chalk art, Sea Fare and sailing
Daily Pilot-From the Boathouse: Helping the blind to sea