Strictly Sail Pacific’s Unveils New Floor Plans for April Show at Jack London Square
Organizers have new floor plans for Strictly Sail Pacific, set to run from Wednesday, April 16 to Sunday, April 20 at the popular Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. Now in its 12th year, the five-day sailing event is the largest sail-only show on the West Coast, drawing close to 15,000 attendees, 200 exhibitors and a fleet of 80 sailboats.
Since Jack London Square is the midst of expansion, the floor plans of the show will be modified to work around the ongoing construction without diminishing the sail-appeal of the show. While slightly less space will be utilized for the show than in previous shows, Strictly Sail Pacific’s trademark fleet of in-water sailboats again will be displayed at the marina and will not be affected by the expansion.
The pace of exhibitor sales space is ahead of last year’s, so exhibitors who have not yet submitted their space application forms are encouraged to do so immediately. Exhibitors from around the globe will bring a wide-ranging collection of boats and gear to Strictly Sail Pacific—giving show-goers a valuable opportunity to see the latest in sailboat design and equipment, all in one locale. Attendees can also take advantage of special events and free seminars by notable sailing authors and personalities.
“Jack London Square's growing popularity and expansion have presented new challenges this year, but we have worked hard to create the best solution for exhibitors and show-goers,” said Sail America National Show Manager Kevin Murphy. “It has been necessary to modify the floor plan because of the construction, but all those who attend can expect another great show this year — with a large fleet of sailing boats, extensive gear displays, free seminars, and the same excitement about sailing that has marked this show since it first began."
VIEW NEW SHOW FLOOR PLANS
The 2008 show has shifted from its traditional location to the opposite end of Jack London Square, with tents conveniently located between the Barnes & Noble® bookstore and Scott’s Restaurant, in front of the West Basin. Tickets will be sold at the main entrance, near Barnes & Noble®, between the two tents. While the in-water section of the show will not be affected by the expansion, the majority of the land displays, including the main entrance, will now be located in front of the West Basin.
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There are three floor plans included as part of the Strictly Sail Exhibitor Kit. The first, entitled “Booth and Bulk Display Areas”, is an aerial view of Jack London Square that shows the proposed layouts for the tents. The second, named “Floorplan-Booth,” shows the floorplan for the Scott’s and Embarcadero tents, while the third labeled, “Floorplan-In Water” shows the marina floorplan.
Skippers and Crew from the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race will stop at the show, along with race organizers, to tell their stories. With a planned arrival in Santa Cruz around April 9, the winning crew will visit the show before the restart on Saturday, April 19, when the fleet heads for Panama. The Clipper Race is the only round the world yacht race for non-professional sailors and takes place every two years, with the next race setting off in September 2009.
Sail America, in conjunction with Walt Disney Pictures and Pacific High Productions, are planning to show a special preview of scenes from the yet-to-be-released movie "Morning Light." "Morning Light" - scheduled to be released on October 17, 2008 - chronicles one of the youngest crew ever to compete in the Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii.
Help promote Strictly Sail Pacific to your customers by providing a link from your website to the Strictly Sail Pacific website. We’ve made this process as simply as possible. Simply click on the following link for clear and easy-to-follow instructions: http://www.sailamerica.com/resources/exhibitors/linkprogram.asp
Strictly Sail Pacific seeks sponsors for the show that consistently succeeds in connecting with sailing enthusiasts who reside west of the Mississippi. With a steady rise in attendance in recent years, including a 15% increase in 2007, sponsors can reach a larger audience of sailing enthusiasts than ever before. In addition, a comprehensive marketing plan will attract show-goers, including ads in newspapers as well as national and regional sailing magazines and on local radio and weather and sailing-related websites. In addition, show invitations will go to tens of thousands of prospects from the Discover Boating/Discover Sailing databases. Contact Kevin Murphy at 800.817.7245 Ext. 28 or e-mail Kevin@sailamerica.com for more information regarding how to raise your profile at this show by putting your name on aisle signs, exhibitor business center, attendee bags and more.
MEDIA LOVES NEW PRODUCTS
If you are an exhibitor planning to introduce a new boat, piece of equipment, gear or electronic device during Strictly Sail Pacific, we want to know. The show’s public relations team works with members of the media to alert them of boating trends and new product introductions at the show. To put your products in the media spotlight and the "New Product Gallery" of website, contact Kevin Murphy at Kevin@sailamerica.com.