New Baltimore Show To Educate Cruisers About Sailing

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—As we enter the boating season on the Chesapeake Bay, there is a group of enthusiasts from all over the world who are coming to Baltimore for a first-of-its-kind gathering.  

Mike Schuh reports from the waters of the Inner Harbor.

Most folks with boats rarely venture very far from their docks, but some sail away and keep on going. These people are called cruisers. They go places by boat, stay for a while and move on.

As you might expect, living on your boat and sailing your house from place to place takes a lot of skill and preparation.

That’s were John Martino comes in. He helps people become competent sailors.

“Anxiety can make things less fun,” said Martino, Annapolis School of Seamanship.

So, the organizer of the Annapolis boat shows is bringing a new show to Baltimore next week.

“People are registered at this point from all over the world,” said Paul Jacobs, show organizer.

To help overnight sailors get better, there will be 100 hours of seminars. Part of the education of any sailor is trial and error. But part of this show is to learn from the errors of other sailors.

“There are lots of people who want to go sailing, go cruising but don’t know where to begin,” said Kristen Berry, Downtown Sailing Center. “This show gives them the opportunity to learn about that.”

It will be something as simple as what spare parts to take with, to much more complicated topics

“You don’t have to be an expert to start sailing, but you better continue to be on the education journey or you are going to find yourself in trouble in a hurry,” Berry said.

There will be 70 boats in the water– it is a show, after all. Ten sailing dingys will be available for free for show goers to take out in the Harbor.

This show begins next Thursday at the Inner Harbor and continues until Sunday night. The cost is $15 for adults, $5 for kids, free for little kids.

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