The United States Sailboat Show, one of the premier shows in the world, is taking place October 6 – 10, 2011 in Annapolis, Maryland. Over 50,000 sailors from around the world come together to see what is new in the industry, purchase much needed equipment at “boat show price” or simply come to catch up with old friends. With two weeks left before the show you may be scrambling to find accommodations. Whether arriving by land or sea here are some options to consider.
The mooring field in Annapolis is limited during the show to the moorings just beyond the Spa Creek bridge. These are first-come, first served at a rate of $30/day and are restricted to boat lengths no longer than 45’. If the moorings are filled continue further into the creek to anchor in water depth no less than 6’ all the way to the head. There is a dinghy landing at the end of Church Street.
You might be tempted to anchor just off the wall of the Naval Academy. The holding is poor and it is very exposed to weather. A better option is to continue past the academy, under the Rt 450 bridge to Weems Creek off your port. The creek is considered a hurricane hole and has water depth of 13-15’. There are also Naval Academy moorings for use free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Many cruisers anchor on the back side of Eastport in Back Creek. Coming into the Severn River the entrance to Back Creek is abeam from the Green 5 on the western shore. There are dinghy landing sites further in the creek and it is just a short walk through historic Eastport to the show.
If these options are full consider staying across the river on Mill Creek off of White Hall Bay. The hairpin channel into the creek is a bit tricky but once inside you have great water depth and plenty of anchoring options. This is a long dinghy ride to the show so you may seek a ride by land.
At this late date many of the Annapolis hotels are well booked. There are several alternative options to consider just a short drive from the show. BWI Airport is just 26 miles north of Annapolis. There you will find many of the popular chain hotels and restaurants at very reasonable rates.
If you still want the water community feel of Annapolis drive over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to the Eastern Shore. There are several hotels, resort and bed and breakfasts just minutes from Annapolis. The toll for the bridge is just $2.50 for the round trip.
For a complete list of accommodations including alternative options such as camping, RV rentals and whole house rentals go to the US Boat Show’s website.
The US Sailboat Show simply can’t been seen in one day. Make your plans now to enjoy the show, Annapolis and the surrounding communities.