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The first Bahrain Boat Show International was held April 21-25, with attendees looking for luxury yachts as well as the latest in technology and other gear, organizers said.

No attendance figures were released. The show was organized by Knotika Holding and follows the company's other shows in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi.

The show, which coincided with the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix, boasted more than 100 local, regional and international marine brands and products.

"It's been an absolutely brilliant five days," said Capt. Alessio Tumbiolo, chairman of ART Marine, the largest exhibitor with 11 yachts on display, in a statement. "We've had numerous serious inquiries and certainly look forward to coming back next year."

Nearly 40 percent of exhibitors requested more space next year, with others confirming participation at current levels, organizers said.

"It's been a complete success," said Wael Juju, CEO of Knotika Holding, in a statement. "We've been delighted to welcome royal family members, government officials, investors, CEOs and chairmen, as well as many locals."

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For the first time in years, the Catawba Island Boat Show in Ohio was held under clear and sunny skies, leaving exhibitors and crowds upbeat, according to show manager Ken Alvey.

The event took place May 1-3 at Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton.

"Spring boat shows are always risky weather-wise, especially right here on Lake Erie in Port Clinton," Alvey said in a statement. "After a few years of rain, we finally caught a break this time. We don't charge admission, so we can't put an exact figure on attendance, but the crowd was definitely bigger than last year or the year before."

Firelands Winery of nearby Sandusky, Ohio, donated cases of wine for a benefit tasting to raise money for the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association Educational Foundation.

A total of $1,168.50 was raised, all of which will be put toward the funding of college and training scholarships for members of the marine community.

"Boating is big here, and I think a lot of the local exhibitors will benefit from the exposure," said Alvey.

Plans are under way for next year's show, tentatively set for April 30-May 2, 2010.

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