Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hello Boating Season

No boat shows... It's Memorial Day Weekend, and the beginning of boating season in much of North America...

Fleet Week 2012 NYC
Fleet Week New York 2012. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie.

It's that time of the week when we usually do our boat show review for the weekend. But with the holiday on Monday giving us a long weekend, and everybody busy with plans for boating, barbecuing and seemingly never-ending soccer tournaments, it's no surprise that there are virtually no boat shows to tell you about today.

However, that doesn't leave you with nothing nautical to do. If you live within a few hours of NYC, you must make the trip to the big apple for the combination of OpSail 2012 and Fleet Week for a show you will not forget. If you are on the other side of the world, the Australian boat show season kicks off this weekend in a place called Sanctuary Cove.

Here is this week's boating event round-up...

Fleet Week NY 2012

NY Fleet Week 2012
Fleet Week New York 2012. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Troy Krotz.

Hosted nearly every year since 1984, Fleet Week New York is N.Y. City's celebration of the sea services. This annual event also provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding Tri-State area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness first hand the latest capabilities of today's Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Team. Fleet Week includes dozens of military demonstrations and displays throughout the week, as well as public visitation of many of the participating ships.

And this year, OpSail is bringing the tall ships of the world back to New York City. So in addition to the latest and greatest in floating military hardware, you'll be able to view the majestic masted ships of yesteryear - all in one place.

For a schedule of Fleet Week events in NY through the 30th, visit http://www.fleetweeknewyork.com/fleetweeknewyork/events.html.

Sanctuary Cove

Sanctuary Cove Boat Show 2012
Photo Copyright © Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, which opened on Thursday, kicks off the Australian boat show season, followed by Sydney in August and Mandurah in WA in October. It features boats from 315 exhibitors, including 117 moored vessels and dozens more on dry display and some already have a 'sold' sticker on then. The 24th annual edition of the event brings tens of thousands of visitors to the Gold Coast.

MORE INFO 
There are a few more shows, as well as links to the official websites of all these events and more on the First Boat boat show calendar

Did We Miss One? Got Pics? Please Share!
If we didn't mention a boat show this weekend, please comment on the Daily Boater Facebook page or here as a comment on DailyBoater.com. Thanks, and see you at the next show!

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