Floor plan of Strictly Sail Pacific modified

OAKLAND, Calif. – Strictly Sail Pacific will return to Oakland’s Jack London Square from April 16 – 20 and is expected to draw close to 15,000 attendees, 300 exhibitors, and a fleet of some 100 boats, organizers reported in a release this week.

This year, with Jack London Square in the throes of a major expansion, the floor plan of the show will be modified to work around the ongoing construction. The 2008 show will utilize a slightly smaller land area than in past shows and will feature two large tents and a grouping of smaller tents for exhibitors. The in-water section of the show will not be affected by the expansion.

With a steady rise in attendance in recent years, including a 15 percent increase in 2007, exhibitors can reach a larger audience of sailing enthusiasts than ever before, organizers said.

“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 showgoers,” 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.”

Sail America, organizers of Strictly Sail Pacific, worked closely with the Port of Oakland and the Northern California Marine Association, which runs the Pacific Powerboat Expo at Jack London Square, to devise a workable plan for the 2008 show. New locations are being considered for future.

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