Starting in 2005, and each year thereafter, we've been interviewing vendors about marine equipment, new yachts, chartering and all aspects of sailing technology. The Annapolis show is the biggest in-the-water show in the world. It attracts the sailing industry's latest and greatest. It's visited by over 50,000 sailors from around the globe during its annual 5-day run each October.
In 2005, video on the Internet was in its infancy. Many in the Sailing Industry considered the Internet a passing fad. And who was going to watch video on a computer anyways? There were no smartphones or tablets, and YouTube was just getting going. We were able to wrangle press credentials and showed up with one cameraman/soundman and a host. In was guerilla video as we approached quizzical looking vendors, stuck a video camera in their face and started asking knowledgeable questions about their products. It was the meanfuling questions and sailor repour that got the vendors to open up.
2005 was a great experience and we learned a lot about covering the Show. We'll be adding more seasons, some with spots that were never edited until now.