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The marine industry is a global enterprise. Builders, dealers, marinas, equipment manufacturers and other businesses are found worldwide, and there are major boat shows on all continents.

Streaming video captured Bermuda Challenge record

As Chris Fertig and Tyson Garvin raced across the Atlantic Ocean last week, setting a new Bermuda Challenge speed record, their families, friends, followers and ground support staff were able to watch them on the Internet because of specialized video software and hardware supplied by DigiGone. Fertig and Garvin made the run from New York…more

Consumer confidence inches up in August

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index increased slightly in August. The index rose to 81.5 from 81 in July, according to data released today by the New York-based private research group, leaving the barometer of public sentiment slightly below an 82.1 reading in June, the highest since January of 2008. “Consumer confidence increased slightly in…more

Connecticut Special Olympics regatta scheduled for September

New England Science and Sailing will host the annual Special Olympics Connecticut Sailing Regatta Sept. 7-8 in Stonington Harbor. Teams from throughout the state will come to Stonington to compete in the two-day regatta. The public is invited to join in cheering the athletes at the parade and during the regatta. The event is being…more

Duo regains Bermuda Challenge record

For the second time in just over 12 months, Chris Fertig and Tyson Garvin set the Bermuda Challenge record, a powerboat race of nearly 780 miles non-stop from New York to Bermuda. “All the preparation and testing we did and effort over the past year paid off,” Fertig told Soundings Trade Only on Friday. “We…more

Lubrizol opens additives plant in China

Lubrizol Corp. is opening an additives manufacturing facility in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China, the company’s latest investment in China. Construction on the 400,000-square-meter (1.41-million-square-foot) site began in October 2010. The plant will offer select additive component manufacturing and additive package blending. In the coming years additional capabilities and capacity will be phased in to meet market…more

Marina Industries Association names Australian winner of training scholarship

The Marina Industries Association said the winner of the Bellingham Marine Australia Advanced Marina Management Scholarship is James Thompson, marina manager at the Sydney Boathouse. The award is offered as an incentive for those in the marina industries to further their education and advance their career. It covers the cost of the AMM course, which…more

Efforts to broaden sailing coursed through San Francisco summit

The unofficial theme of the 12th International Sailing Summit, which took place Aug. 18-20 in San Francisco, was how to draw more women, youth and diversity to the sport. A diverse lineup of speakers — including two female sailors, an African American keynote speaker and a young kiteboard champion — helped give about 80 attendees…more

Middle East boating market struggles after recession

The United Arab Emirates’ boat and yacht industry still hasn’t bounced back from the market crash that gripped the global economy five years ago. Ross Gill, regional sales manager at Al Futtaim Marine, told the Gulf News the industry was recovering, but wasn’t experiencing growth like other sectors in the local economy. “The housing markets…more

International Sailing Summit under way in San Francisco

The International Sailing Summit opened Sunday night with a welcome reception attended by more than 70 sailing industry leaders from around the world. The event continues today and Tuesday at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. “The best minds of the industry come here to increase their knowledge, learn tools to improve their…more

America’s Cup defender faces cheating accusations

As the chase for the America’s Cup continues in San Francisco Bay, a buildup of bad news could make for an ugly finish to the fabled yacht regatta. On the heels of troubles from a series plagued by soaring boat costs, a scarcity of challengers, a crash that killed a crewmember, intense rules disagreements and…more

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