Confused? Well, It’s pretty simple. You see, The So Cal Marine Association has been doing the Long Beach Boat Show longer than most people can remember. Over the years it dwindled to a pretty small show. We have been trying to revive it for the past three years by sponsoring a Cruisers Party at the event, but it seemed destine to die as a combination power and sail show.
In steps the NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) with a great sea. Why not add it to their line-up of Strictly Sail Shows? So Cal needed a good sailboat show, and the location was perfect.
And so, on the 18th of October, a new show was born from the ashes of the old! Knowing a little about “coming up from the ashes” Cruising Outpost was asked, and enthusiastically agreed, to put on the cruisers party. And so, Saturday night the cruisers gathered on the lawn in front of the Cruising Outpost booth, with the Unkle Monkey Band handling the music, and a great party ensued.
Our Party Sponsors all joined in to help make this a great event. The NMMA supplied the location, as well as the beer and pizza. Also co-sponsoring this party we had our great group of regular sponsors; West Marine, Forespar, Harken, BioSolve and Kanberra. For this event sailors Ed & Michell Gribben also joined as sponsors. If you don’t believe in Karma, this might help. Ed & Michell won 2 of the raffle prizes!
Our grand prizes were a Winchrite donated by Sailology, and a sunset cruise for 6 aboard a Catamaran in San Diego from West Coast Multihull Charters. We had some very happy winners!
But the big winner was the So Cal sailors. This new show rocked! It was busy each day, and the 55 exhibitors all said it was the best show in years. The docks were lined with folks looking at new sailboats, and Discover Sailing was busy all four days taking new folks out and introducing them to what sailing is all about.
We are looking forward to bent years show, which we know will be even bigger and better, maybe even as fog as “The good Ol’ Days!”
If you want more info on Strictly Sail Shows go to www.nmma.com.
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