Strictly Sail Pacific attendance up

OAKLAND, Calif. – Strictly Sail Pacific drew more than 15,500 people through its show gates, organizers reported in a press release April 27.

That tally marks a 15 percent jump in attendance, compared to last year’s gate, for the five-day sailboat show held annually in Oakland. Last year’s show saw a 9 percent rise in attendance over the 2005 turnout.

“This was our best show ever, in terms of sales; not one segment of our spectrum [of products and services] was left out from small boats, to rigging, to bow thrusters,” said Alex Jordan, Svendsen’s Boat Works, Alameda, Calif.

For Jordan and other exhibitors, the strong influx of showgoers not only translated to a larger crowd but to stronger sales.

“What is great about this show is that people come prepared, ready to buy,” Jordan said.

The show set a sales record for Cruising Yachts, Alameda, Calif., and Monterey, Calif. The dealership handles Hunter and Jeanneau boats and sold all its Hunters except one. The record follows what has been a strong year for the company.

The five-day show, held April 18 to 22 at Oakland’s Jack London Square, coincided with Earth Day, and show organizers brought a focus to sailing’s environmentally friendly nature through individual boats and exhibitors, according to organizers.

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