Marine event roundup

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Today’s roundup includes news from Nation’s RiverBass Tournament, WaterFest, the South Florida Boat Show and Sale, West Marine and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is bringing 300 underserved local students to fish May 26 at National Harbor in Maryland for the third annual Nation’s RiverBass Tournament.

This competition will host urban students, federal natural resource agencies, corporate sponsor and a dozen other public and private organizations to partner with bass anglers for a morning of fishing and appreciating the resources of the Potomac River.

The primary goals of the event are to connect youth to the outdoors and teach them more about sustainable catch, conservation and safe boating.

Living Classrooms serves more than 40,000 youths each year, including 18,000 in the Washington, D.C., area.

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The second annual WaterFest event is set for May 30 at Port Canaveral’s Ski Island

Designed to promote the recreational, economic and ecological benefits of Florida waterways, the WaterFest 2010 boating celebration by BoatFlorida.com comes at the conclusion of Space Coast Boating Month and National Safe Boating Week.

BoatFlorida.com hopes to raise $100,000 from the event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“WaterFest is about family, friends and togetherness with fellow boaters,” said John Kavaliauskas, founder of BoatFlorida.com, in a statement. “But this year we’ve added a raffle as a way to help Big Brothers, Big Sisters continue the great work they do for kids.”

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West Marine announced a new “Cruising for a Cause” event, which will benefit local junior sailing programs and other boating non-profit organizations.

“Cruising for a Cause” will take place June 10 at the new West Marine flagship store in Middletown, R.I. The event will include a steel drum band, food and exhibits including a power boat docking challenge with remote controlled boats.

“West Marine has a long history of supporting the local community and junior sailing programs,” said Laurie Fried, director of communications and chief sustainability officer for West Marine, in a statement. “We hope this  ‘Cruising for a Cause’ event will provide much-needed funding to help Newport area boating programs get off to a great start this year. ”

Any non profit boating organization or youth boating program that is interested in participating in the event should contact Paul Fleming at (401) 846-6043 or e-mail paulf@flemingandcompany.com.

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The South Florida Boat Show and Sale is set for June 11-13 at the Dade Fair Expo Center in Miami.

The event features bow riders, cruisers, center consoles, walkarounds, flats boats, inflatables, jet skis, personal watercraft and nautical accessories.

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Boaters from around the state of Washington will gather June 12 to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with two events.

Now in its 16th year, the Leukemia Cup Regatta is the first race in the Downtown Sailing Series, which runs throughout the summer. The $150 registration fee includes two tickets to the after-party that evening, an event t-shirt and a skipper swag bag.

An inaugural event, AquaQuest, is a scavenger hunt on Lake Union designed specifically with power boaters in mind.

Boats will compete against each other to decipher clues and solve the “great clam chowder calamity of 2010.” Participants will travel around the lake, partake in fun activities and try to “crack the case.”

The introductory registration fee for this inaugural event is $75 per boat. The registration fee includes two tickets to the afterparty that evening, an event T-shirt and a skipper swag bag.

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