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Complete coverage: 2015 U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis

Keep up with all of Capital Gazette's coverage of the 2015 U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis.

Boat show information

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What: The 46th United States Sailboat Show.

When: Thursday, Oct. 8 through Monday, Oct. 12.

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Where: Annapolis City Dock and Harbor, and St. Mary's Cove.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 (VIP day); 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 11; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.

Admission: $18 for adults; $5 for children ages 7-12; free for kids ages 6 and younger. VIP admission for Thursday, Oct. 8 only, $35 for all ages. Two-day packages are available, with or without VIP parking. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gates. Show your QR code on your Smartphone or tablet, and no paper ticket is necessary.

More Info: www.annapolisboatshows.com or 410-268-8828.

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Know before you go

  • Attire and footwear: You will be asked to remove your shoes before you board most boats, so wear shoes that can be slipped off quickly. Dress in layers; temperatures are usually cool in the morning, but become much warmer at midday, then drop off again in the late afternoon.
  • When to go: It's least crowded before noon and after 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday are the busiest days. Serious buyers should make appointments with dealers, arrive early, and if possible attend on Thursday, VIP day.
  • Parking: The best place to park is Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Boulevard for $10, then take the free school bus shuttles that run continuously to and from the show from 9 a.m. to one hour after the show closes each day.

Eastport Elementary School, across the Spa Creek Bridge, offers parking on its property for $20 beginning at 7:30 a.m. You can leave and return the same day without paying twice. Cross Spa Creek by walking over the bridge, or take the water taxi.

Parking is also available in the four city garages (Hillman, Knighton, Gott's and Park Place). You can then take the city's Circulator trolleys for $1 to and from City Dock. The trolley routes are basically West Street, down Duke of Gloucester and Green streets, a loop downtown, and back up West Street. Wait at a designated stop or flag the driver anywhere along the route.

  • Try the water taxi: They run all day during the show, and it's a great way to move between Eastport and the Annapolis side. From the show, board at the Yacht Basin, next to the Annapolis Yacht Club. On the Eastport side, water taxis stop in front of the Chart House restaurant. They'll also take you to and from moored boats, to the brokerage section in St. Mary's Cove, or just about anywhere close by. Rates can vary, but most are $2. Use VHF channel 68 or call 410-263-0033.
  • Cash is easiest: Small bills are easiest for purchasing food, drink, and all those trinkets you can't live without. Need more cash? ATMs are located outside the main gate and inside the show near the Marriott hotel.
  • Children and pets: Children are welcome, and the smallest are free. Please supervise them carefully. Strollers and floating docks are not a safe combination, so leave the stroller at home or in the car. No pets are allowed other than service animals.
  • Address labels: Bring sticky return address labels to quickly sign up for mailings and drawings. It beats writing your name and address over and over.
  • Grand prize drawing: Be sure to enter the grand prize drawing for a 22-foot Beneteau sailboat.
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