Annapolis Maryland, hallowed ground for sailors.
Picture Nova Scotia fishing village meets small town America. Annapolis is off the hook. Cobble stone, historic brick buildings, and it’s all situated on the gorgeous Chesapeake Bay, some of the best sailing waters in the world.
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Now take this magical town of just some 40,000 residents and add the biggest in-water sailboat show in the world! Everyone who is in love with sailing has either dreamed of attending, or attended several times. It was personally my third trip to the historic boat show.
For one weekend in October and one in the spring, this place is absolutely packed with sailors from the world over and every major sailboat manufacturer has brand new boats on display and completely open for you to board and explore. Plus vendors from all the major players in sailing from Harken to Helly Hansen. Need a wind vane? No problem. Anchor windlass, yup! Tons of swap shop type stuff too if you are looking for hard to find odds and ends.
We checked out boats from Hanse, Beneteau, Jenneau, and on and on. We even looked at Cats…. sort of. Of particular interest however – Delos was there!
No, that the actual Delos. Sadly.
But rather me in a Delos shirt aboard nothing other than an Amel! This isn’t a Super Maramu 53 like Delos but it is a direct descendant. This is the new 54!
We turned a corner and amidst all the same old same old plumb bow sugar scoop Beneteaus, we saw her. The Amel really set herself apart being center cockpit and bearing the lines of a true world traveler. Call me crazy but I’d take the 54 Amel before I took a 60 Oceanis. She was our fav for sure.
We got to tour the Amel and every other boat we encountered falling in love with everything these new production boats have to offer, except the price tags 😉 After all, our motto is Go Small, Go Simple, Go Now.
We met some super cool sailors who are just looking for the vessel they will be taking south too! I hope they find us on the internet.
We put away a lot of Painkillers with these two I tell ya! Great folks!
Just when we thought we’d had enough, we met Brittany from Windtraveller and our hearts melted. Meeting your idols is always scary cause you never really know what to expect but Brittany is wholeheartedly an amazing person and every bit as awesome as we’d expected. And that Tortola tan! Wow Brit – we can’t wait to be that tan. We bought our #BVISTRONG shirts and continued on exploring all the awesomeness, with a few more painkillers.
We stayed at the show till the lights came on and get that distinct “last call” feeling showed up. Everyone seemed to have left so we made our way toward the front gate when just in the distance we heard it… the sound of Caribbean flavored music and dancing. B-line, go!
We came around the corner and our minds were blown, a full scale sailor party with free beer and live band was happening right in the boat show!
I can’t wait to publish the next episode of Lady K Sailing to show you guys how awesome this place was!
For now however, I’ll leave you with a few pics. Don’t worry, the State Trooper was quite friendly 🙂