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Old 20-07-2020, 18:20   #1
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Annapolis Sailboat Show: Go or No-Go?

The Newport Boat show has made an official announcement cancelling this year's show. Does anyone here have info on whether the Annapolis show will be held or not? It would be nice to make plans, reservations, etc... but haven't heard whether it's a "Go" or not...
And what about displays, exhibits, vendors, etc participating?
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Old 20-07-2020, 18:24   #2
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I haven't missed a year in 25 plus years. I think this year will either cancel or the vendor count will be a fraction of normal. We'll see.
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Old 20-07-2020, 19:18   #3
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It still seems to be a GO as far as the show organizers are concerned... I am getting marketing spam from them every few days regarding Cruisers University and vendors and so on. It is already scaled down in terms of the number of boats and exhibitors though. A few boats I wanted to see that were there last year already bailed for this year. From my emails with a couple boat vendors, the boat list on the show website appears to be pretty up to date. I know they have canceled all evening parties/receptions/activities.

If it actually happens, I plan to attend using my tickets from the Spring boat show that was cancelled....they are being honored.

That said...I would not buy any non refundable travel tickets were I you... the situation is still all too dynamic. Luckily a lot of airlines are being generous with reschedules and refunds.
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Re: Annapolis Sailboat Show: Go or No-Go?

I am an exhibitor and a CU instructor. I have paid for my booth, flights, hotel, and arranged for my CU class.. So far the organizers assure the show is on, but its subject to the whims of COVID, City, County, and State leaders of course. Newport was cancelled in part to keep out of staters from bringing the virus in. It would not surprise me if MD leaders worry about the same. Still a couple months out so time will tell.

I know some CU instructors are worried and some are possibly running into COVID related travel challenges. Hopefully it all works out and we see everyone with smiles hiding behind masks!
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Clearly with all things related to Covid-19 the situation remains fluid and uncertain and gathering increases exposure and contact thus real hazards.

At present for the October show lists the plans are as follows:

Updated July 15, 2020

The following regulations have been put in place for the 2020 United States Powerboat Show (Oct 1-4) and United States Sailboat Show (Oct 8-12). As state and federal guidelines are defined, we will continue to update this list.

Daily attendance to the shows will be regulated through pre-sold tickets. Each day will have a strict maximum capacity level.
Anyone entering showgrounds is required to wear a face mask at all times.
Anyone entering showgrounds will be temperature screened. All attendees are encouraged to park at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium for temperature checks, ticket scanning, and hand stamps. Stations will also be located at Yacht Basin Gate and Main Gate areas.
Tent configurations have been altered to include one-way only walkways through all tents and air handling systems purifying and moving air.
Touchless hand sanitizing and washing stations, as well as face mask dispensers, will be made accessible throughout the show.
Showgrounds will close each day at 6:30pm (5:00 p.m. on the final day of each show). Exhibitors and attendees will have 30 minutes to make their way to the exits. After this, cleaning and disinfection of the show premises will begin.
All meetings, classrooms, workshops, and VIP areas will be limited to 50% capacity, allowing for proper physical distancing.
No after-hours events will be allowed on the show grounds this year.
Due to Maryland Health Department guidelines, no dogs or strollers will be allowed this year.
Please check back regularly as we will continue to update our regulations.

Yet, Health officers from Maryland’s five largest counties and Baltimore City sent a letter Monday afternoon to the state health department asking for renewed restrictions on bars, restaurants and other establishments to curb the recent spike in coronavirus cases.

Those orders, given last month by Gov. Larry Hogan, eased restrictions on gatherings and indoor activities such as eating in restaurants and visiting malls and recreational establishments. The orders came with limits, such as the number of people served at a time and a requirement for masking indoors.

The letter said local jurisdictions were “prepared to act quickly” on their own but would “prefer for the state to take action to create a unified, standardized approach to address this resurgence of cases.”

“We are writing to share our concerns regarding the recent increase in daily cases across the state and impact of the virus over the past week,” said the letter signed by the health officers from Baltimore City and the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s.

“This has been evidenced throughout many of our jurisdictions by increased daily case totals, increased rates of transmission and increasing Covid related hospitalizations and critical care usage,” it says. “We are writing to ask that the state take action to curb these trends, including revisiting the activities allowed under the current Phase 2 executive orders.”

What is the current COVID-19 situation in Maryland? Obviously subject to rapid change.

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As with Stage One, Stage Two is being implemented with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers each jurisdiction to make decisions about the timing of reopening. For the reopening status of Maryland's jurisdictions, please visit

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If it is on, you should go, assuming you are healthy and not in a risk group. If you are at risk, then you have to weigh the risks and benefits. Only you can make that decision. I am going if it is still on.
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Re: Annapolis Sailboat Show: Go or No-Go?

Originally Posted by Mark0808 View Post
The Newport Boat show has made an official announcement cancelling this year's show. Does anyone here have info on whether the Annapolis show will be held or not? It would be nice to make plans, reservations, etc... but haven't heard whether it's a "Go" or not...
And what about displays, exhibits, vendors, etc participating?
Most importantly - will the Hendricks barge be open?!?! 😂
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One of the show’s highlights. Let’s hope it is.
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Re: Annapolis Sailboat Show: Go or No-Go?

It is really unfortunate that the US Sailboat Show has been canceled for 2020. We were really looking forward to participating this year! However, for those who are in the Annapolis area, and interested in brokerage boats, we are moving forward with our 3rd Annual Bluewater Boat Show. We'll have 30+ boats on display (new and brokerage) as well as a select group of local vendors and marine businesses displaying their products and services. This is a small scale, open air event. If anyone is interested, here's the link to our event page.
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