Sep 2, 2016
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The largest sailboat show on the West Coast, which occurs in April on the Richmond waterfront, is no longer being called the “Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show” as the exhibition will next year feature powerboats, kayaks, canoes and standup paddle boards, it was announced Thursday.

The boat show’s name is now the “Pacific Sail and Power Boat Show,” which is set to take place from April 6-9 at Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor.

The show has existed for more than 20 years and was previously located on Oakland’s waterfront until this past April, when it opened in a larger space in Richmond to feature more than 100 sailboats, 200-plus related exhibits, seminars and on-water activities. The show was touted as a success by officials.

That success has led organizers to expand the show even further. The growing number of visitors helped to welcome exhibitions of powerboats and human-powered vessels like kayaks and canoes.

“We are excited to be able to provide greater opportunities for our consumers, and offer our exhibitors a larger market in which to promote their products and services” said Scot West, President of Sail America, in a statement. “It’s our intent to make this event a destination for anyone with a passion for being on the water.”

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