OAKLAND, Calif. – Approximately 13,000 people attended the five-day Pacific Sail Expo, which concluded April 18 at Oakland’s Jack London Square – a 7-percent increase over last year’s attendance, according to a release yesterday from Sail America.
Sales were also brisk during the show, with several exhibitors setting company sales records, the association reported.
“There was a much stronger buying climate this year,” said Pat Garfield, owner of Farallone Yachts in Alameda (Calif.) “This show was the best we’ve ever had, in terms of sales. There seemed to be a sense of urgency, a sense that people wanted to fulfill their dreams now–not wait until they retire.”
An international group of more than 300 exhibitors were on hand for the event, Sail America said.
“This was a great show. We had increased attendance, strong sales reports from boats and accessories, an improved show layout–and lots of fun for everyone involved,” said Scot West, executive director of Sail America.