Growth at Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show
Published on April 27th, 2018
The 2018 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show was held April 19-22 at the Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond, CA.
In its third year in Richmond, this year’s show filled the 45,000 sf exhibit space, created an in-water boat showcase and featured additional global participants. Show management also reported that attendance had increased over the previous year.
Over 2,000 visitors participated in the ongoing seminars learning about weather forecasting, surface pressure charts, marine diesel engine troubleshooting, offshore cruising, medical emergencies, and more. Hands-on boating clinics featuring both sail and power boats were popular and radio-controlled model yacht racing was a favorite activity for young and old alike.
Environment and safety were a focus of the outdoor activities. A big highlight of the show, the U.S. Coast Guard showcased their water rescue helicopter both Saturday and Sunday and Groundwork Richmond hailed Earth Day with training and guided kayak tours.
US Sailing presented the Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to Roger van Hertsen and his father Evrand van Hertsen for their rescue of swimmer Christian Einfeldt, who was severely injured by an attacking sea lion in San Francisco Bay in December of 2017.
Latitude 38’s TGIF Party was filled to capacity on Friday night and Cruising Outpost’s Cruisers Party was a big hit, raising money for the Educational Tall Ships Project in Sausalito, CA.
Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show is produced by Sail America, a trade association for the U.S. sailing industry that plays a vital role for all companies involved in providing sailing-related products and services. Established in 1990, Sail America seeks to promote the health and growth of sailing.
“We are already looking forward to next year, when the new ferry service to the Craneway Pavilion, currently in process, will make it easy and fun for people to visit the show,” commented Katie Kelly, Sail America Association Manager.