Show up Dock; Pacific Sail Expo Will Take You Sailing

Sail America will again present its Discover Sailing program at Pacific Sail Expo 2002, April 17-21. Discover Sailing is a national program designed to help beginners learn about sailing. At select Sail America sailboat shows, Discover Sailing offers anyone the opportunity for a free demonstration ride on a sailboat and information on how to further one’s sailing education. At Pacific Sail Expo, the fleet will sail from the Discover Sailing dock at Jack London Square, Oakland. All you have to do is show up at the dock.

"Sailing isn’t a complicated sport; just about anyone can do it and enjoy it," Scot West, executive director of Sail America, explained. "All it takes is a little time on the water and a sense of what powers a sailboat. Sail America’s Discover Sailing program is free and enables anyone to spend time with sailing professionals experiencing the basic elements of sailing to see if they want to pursue the sport further. Discover Sailing professionals can direct beginners to sailing lessons, which are the quickest and easiest way to learn the sport of sailing. A good instructor can teach you the basics, and in less than a week, you can get the skills necessary to start sailing. And sailing lessons are no more expensive than lessons for tennis or golf."

Pacific Sail Expo’s Discover Sailing program will operate on Thursday, April 18 from 1-6 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, April 19-21, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Organized by Sail America, Discover Sailing is made possible by the support of the country’s top boat manufacturers. At Pacific Sail Expo, the Discover Sailing fleet will include five boats provided by Hunter Marine, Corsair Marine, and J/Boats. In addition to the larger boats, Sailability will be supervising people who would like to take an introductory sail in the Access Dinghies. And Discover Sailing will offer the chance to sail a revolutionary new craft called the Wahoo.

Pacific Sail Expo is one of five national sailboat shows organized annually by Sail America, a not-for-profit industry association. Sail America’s mission is to help grow the sport of sailing through its all-sail boat shows, Discover Sailing program, and other activities. As the only national sailing industry show west of the Mississippi the Pacific Sail Expo has become an important meeting place for the industry. For more details on Pacific Sail Expo, call Sail America at (800) 817-7245 or visit the Sail America website at