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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.

Gary Jobson to speak at sailing conference

Sail America announced that ESPN commentator, America’s Cup champion and US Sailing president Gary Jobson will speak on “Making Sailing Essential” at the Sailing Industry Conference and Regatta, which runs June 14-16 in Annapolis, Md. “We are extremely pleased to have Gary join us to give this exciting presentation,” said George Day, event chair and…more

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Marine journalist to talk about cruising Cuba

Marine journalist and Cuba expert Peter Swanson will speak June 11 at CubaCon 2010, a Cuban art and culture conference scheduled for June 10-13 in Provincetown, Mass. Swanson will discuss sailing the “Great Bahamas-Cuba Loop: A Post-Embargo Cruising Strategy.” Other marine experts may join him for a session that’s still taking shape. Swanson, a Massachusetts…more

ISS calls for Awards of Distinction nominees

The International Superyacht Society is seeking nominations from the industry and the public for its annual recognition programs. ISS Awards of Distinction recipients are recognized at the Meeting of the Associations in Monaco, set for Sept. 24 at the Yacht Club de Monaco. The awards are presented during the group’s International Awards for Design &…more

Retail sales continue to climb

Retail sales rose 1.6 percent last month, the largest increase since November. The report from the U.S. Commerce Department details a greater-than-expected increase, and economists note its the latest sign that consumer spending is rising fast enough to support a modest economic recovery. Sectors ranging from clothing retailers to car dealers all reported gains. Click…more

Venerable yacht race set for 102nd running

The Chicago Yacht Club says the 102nd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is sold out at 375 paid entries. “We are very pleased that the race continues to have such a wide appeal across the region and nationally. We are especially pleased that we could open up the race to more boats in 2010…more

Sportfishing ‘shootout’ returns in 2010

Aqualuma Underwater Lighting is sponsoring the Bertram/Hatteras Shootout, set for April 27-May 1 in Abaco, Bahamas. “The Bertram/Hatteras Shootout is a spirited and fun competition for boat owners and anglers from all over the world,” said Aqualuma president Carl Amor, in a statement. “We’re very proud to support both Bertram and Hatteras and to be…more

Asia Boating Awards ceremony set for May

The sixth edition of the Asia Boating Awards will take place May 8 at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club in China. The awards recognize the best yachts globally as well as top Asia-based yacht builders, regattas, marinas and yacht clubs; best maritime city in Asia; and top yachting personality. The last…more

Korean impeller company opens U.S. branch

JMP Corp., an impeller/impeller pump manufacturer based in South Korea, is expanding to the U.S. marketplace. The company has opened a U.S. branch, JMP Marine, which will be known as JMPUSA and is headquartered in Miami. “Establishing this branch will increase our sales growth, help us fulfill orders even more quickly, and build a local…more

Ribcraft to sponsor ISAF World Championship

Ribcraft has reached an agreement with the New York Yacht Club to supply RIBs and sponsor the 2010 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship in September. The company will supply a fleet of Ribcraft 5.85s to serve as umpire and support boats for the event. Ribcraft, which builds professional-grade RIBs for sailing programs and yacht…more

Below deck: candidate’s boat is named …

A U.S. Senate candidate from Connecticut is taking some heat for the name of her boat. Linda McMahon, a Republican, has a 47-foot performance powerboat named “Sexy Bitch.” The campaign of Republican Rep. Rob Simmons, who is running against McMahon in the Senate GOP primary, e-mailed a column about the boat’s name to reporters last…more

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