US Sailing provides hands-on demonstrations and short test sails


Always want to go for a sail and never had the opportunity?

US Sailing offers the chance at the U.S. Sailboat Show with a hands-on demonstration area for adults and children.

Newcomers of all ages can have the opportunity to sail Optimist dinghies, Club 420's and Vanguard 15s provided by Vanguard Racing Sailboats.

The short test sails will be conducted by instructors certified by US Sailing.

Sailmaker Challenge

The du Pont Sailmaker Challenge will be raced at the U.S. Sailboat Show again this year in Melges 24s. Races, which may be seen from the show docks, will be held Sunday at 10: 30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Top sailmakers compete against one another, and the test is as much in making the best set of sails from du Pont products as it is on-the-water racing.

Sailing seminars

The Sailing Company, publisher of Cruising World and Sailing World, will again present a series of 90-minute seminars at the United States Sailboat Show.

The seminars will be held in the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel, which is adjacent to the show grounds. Tickets to the seminars are free, but must be reserved in advance. For late availability, check at the Cruising World and Sailing World booth.

The seminar schedule:


8 a.m.: Take the Helm, Women and the Sailing Lifestyle, National Women's Sailing Association (fee required, register by phone, 1-800-566-6972).


10: 30 a.m.: Pick the Boat That Is Right For You. Jahn Tihansky, J-World Chesapeake.

Noon: Taking Care of Business -- Cruising Business, Tom Neale. How to keep in touch, practical destinations, insurance and emergencies.

4 p.m.: America's Cup Preview, Gary Jobson.

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