Premier Launch Party

Join us as we celebrate opening day of the United States Sailboat Show. Network with a star-studded cast from the sailing industry at an evening filled with island music, delicious food, cocktails, and fun. The Premier Launch Party will perfectly complete your day. After leisurely touring sailboats at the VIP Preview Day come and relax with boaters, exhibitors and captains of our industry. The evening will culminate in the presentation of the Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award. 

United States Sailboat Show Premier Launch Party

Thursday, October 6, 2016

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Loews Hotel, 126 West Street, Annapolis 21401

Individual tickets are $60

Corporate tables of ten available by calling show office at 410-268-8828.



Admission includes:

  • Keynote speaker: Ralph Naranjo
  • Winner of 2016 Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award Announced
  • Network with a star-studded cast from the sailing industry
  • Complimentary wine service all evening by Noblio Wines
  • Rum tastings by Papa's Pilar
  • Gin tastings by Hendrick's Gin
  • Tables filled with hot hors d'oeuvres
  • Chocolates by Parfections
  • Two drink tickets / Cash bar
  • Gift bag
  • Island music

Valet Parking available at Loews and Annapolis City garages are nearby.

Ralpj NaranjoThis year's Keynote Speaker is Ralph Naranjo, author of The Art of Seamanship published in 2015 and considered one of America's best guides to sailboat handling, weather, navigation and crew development. Ralph is the Technical Editor of Practical Sailor Magazine, and a regular contributor to Cruising World and Chesapeake Bay Magazine. During his ten-years as the Vanderstar Chair at the United States Naval Academy, he coordinated safety and seamanship training for midshipman and played a key role in the design evolution of the new sail training sloops purchased by the Navy. He and his wife and two young children spent five years engaged in a voyage around the world. In the 1980s, he managed the full service boatyard. During the past 17 years he has moderated United States Sailing Safety at Sea Seminars, and also serves as an adjunct lecturer at the Annapolis School of Seamanship. Ralph teaches “Anchoring: The Art of Staying Put,” “Sailing in Heavy Weather,” and “Cost of Cruising at Three Income Levels” at Cruisers University. He resides in Annapolis, MD and favors spending as much time on the water as possible.



Door Prizes for the Premier Launch Party

River Dunes, Oriental, NC

Two nights in a one bedroom guest cottage,

with two nights dockage in the marina.

Valued at $750

Glacier Clothing Company, MT

Glacier Clothing Company offers

2 Helly Hansen Paramount jackets (men’s and women’s)

with free embroidery of the recipient’s logo of choice.

Valued at $350

Loews Annapolis Hotel

One overnight stay, with free breakfast and parking

Valued at $300

Maggie Lee Designs

Sterling Silver Compass Rose Pendant

with Annapolis Coordinates engraved in it.

Valued at $200

Chesapeake Bay Magazine

2017 ICW Planning Guide and 2017,

and Guide to Cruising Chesapeake Bay

Valued at $55

Brio Tuscan Grille

Gift Certificates

Value – (2) $50 gift certificates

Gordon Biersch

Gift Certificates

Value – (2) $25 gift certificates (1) Free Growler Fill

Café Normandie

Gift Certificate

Valued at $50