NMMA set to debut Strictly Sail Long Beach

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association is turning the Long Beach Boat and Yacht Show into Southern California’s only all-sailboat show, calling it Strictly Sail Long Beach.

The NMMA said the show will maintain its original date and location of Oct. 18-21 at Rainbow Harbor.

With the transition, the NMMA will produce the region’s three leading boat shows, including the San Diego Yacht & Boat Show and Los Angeles Boat Show, creating three distinct boating events in the region.

“The sailing industry has long wanted an all-sail boat show in Southern California,” NMMA executive vice president Ben Wold said in a statement. “With the help of NMMA staff who produce its other Strictly Sail shows, now is the perfect time for the transition. We have the resources to build a significant selling event for exhibitors and an ultimate sailing experience for attendees with a first-rate selection of sailing product on display, new attractions and renowned seminars.”

The 2012 Strictly Sail Long Beach show will feature more than 100 sailboats, representing dozens of brands and models from the region’s leading dealers, plus an area showcasing the sailing industry’s newest accessories and technology. Show attractions will include dozens of educational seminars for novice sailors and experienced boaters from the industry’s top experts, on-water attractions, including daily lessons aboard sailboats, a chance to try paddle sports and a Sailing Simulator.

“By bringing the Long Beach show back to its roots we’ll be able to build it into an annual fall tradition and destination, providing sailors a unique opportunity to experience one of California’s favorite pastimes and giving the sailing industry a premier sales destination,” NMMA West executive director Dave Geoffroy said in a statement.

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