By John Tressler
The newly named Pacific Sail and Powerboat Show in Richmond Ca. was a wild ride this year. Opening day Thursday crescendoed with winds at 50MPH and gusts to 70MPH on the docks. It was all hands on deck to try and keep boats from banging and docks from ripping apart. By morning there was some carnage but it was an act of God that only insurance actuaries can sort out.
At the Friday evening Latitude 38 party co-hosted by Modern Sailing, Bainbridge and Twin Rivers Insurance three kegs and several cases of wine were jovially consumed. While the band played the crowd was cordial and congratulatory as they toasted the new publisher John Arndt and said bon voyage to Andy Turpin, Latitude’s long time overseer of the editorial department. The party was well attended by exhibitors, show attendees and sailors of all persuasions including many circumnavigators. “What this show and the sailing industry needs is more of this kind if interaction” said one attendee who recalled the Annapolis heydays.
Reports from around the show ranged from “it was slow” to “we had a great show” and the most often heard comment was “I wish it were still being held at Jack London Square in Oakland”. Many retailers want the walk by traffic that Jack London Square offered but dealers and brokers like the fact that serious consumers come to Richmond and they don’t have to deal with lookers. It’s a debate for board meetings.
The show came to a quiet Sunday close as the San Francisco Bay glistened in sunshine and Sergio Garcia slipped on his new green jacket.