Strictly Sail Pacific said that attendance was up more than eight per cent compared to a year ago. The Oakland, California-based show also said that sales for exhibit space also increased by seven per cent.
“This was the strongest Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show we have had in recent years, with both exhibitor space sales and attendance back to pre-recession levels,” said Jonathan Banks, executive director of Sail America, in a statement. “The combination of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet and an America’s Cup display, along with a brand-new exhibit hall, additional events and an aggressive marketing plan, resulted in a good uptick in attendance.”
Exhibitors said they noticed this year that “foot traffic” was up. “We had bigger crowds than in previous years, with high enthusiasm from attendees,” said Debbie Reynolds from Passage Yachts in the statement. “Attendees seemed to have a lot of fun at the show this year. People are ready to buy boats and get back on the water sailing.”
“Strictly Sail Pacific has been fabulous this year,” said Jeff Brown, president of JK3 Yachts, in the statement. “We increased the number of boats we had on display over last year and are so pleased with the quality of this year’s attendees.”
Organisers said that the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet, which arrived in Oakland from Qingdao, China, also helped boost attendance. Attendees were able to visit the racing yachts and speak to crew members.
Strictly Sail Pacific is co-owned by Sail America and NMMA.