The 43rd United States Sailboat Show Starts Today in Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis has been converted into a labyrinth of floating docks, concession stands, and large boats. The United States Sailboat Show, now in its 43rd year, kicks off today and will run through Monday, October 8. Here’s what you need to know about events, logistics, and everything in between.


There are always some incredible seminars and events that go on at the United States Sailboat Show.

Here’s a list of boats premiering at the show (check out the complete list here):

  • Jeanneau 509
  • SeaRail 19
  • Zen 24
  • Pacific Proa 31

In terms of seminars, there are always some great utility seminars at the show, discussing topics from seamanship to route planning. In the past, Crusing World Magazine has also had a good number of cool seminars featuring professional sailors like Ken Read, however, those are notably absent from the show this year.


Ticket prices

All Ages Thursday, VIP Preview Day
Oct. 4 $35
Adult General Admission One Day Oct. 5 – 8 $17
Children General Admission One Day (7-12) Oct. 5 – 8 $4
Children 6 & Under Oct. 5 – 8 free
Two Day Combo Ticket Oct. 5 – 8 $29
Two Day VIP Combo Ticket (VIP plus one day) Oct. 4 – 8 $47

Hours of operation

Thursday,(VIP Day) Oct. 4, 2012 10 am – 6:00 pm
Friday Oct. 5, 2012 10 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday Oct. 6, 2012 10 am – 6:30 pm
Sunday Oct. 7, 2012 10 am – 6:30 pm
Monday Oct. 8, 2012 10 am – 5:00 pm


Parking is always a problem in Downtown Annapolis, especially during boat show times. Parking is available at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium at 1040 Cedar Park Road in Annapolis, and free shuttle buses will take you downtown. Parking costs $10 per day.

Other information

  • Pets are prohibited in the show.
  • Strollers are strongly discouraged (trust us, you don’t want to bring them)