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This roundup includes news from Florida's WaterFest 2010, the Drystack Conference, boot Düsseldorf 2011, and the US Sailing Yacht Club Summit.

Boats from around Florida will make their way to Brevard County's Ski Island on Memorial Day, May 31, as launches its second annual WaterFest event.

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

"WaterFest is about family, friends and togetherness with fellow boaters," said founder John Kavaliauskas, in a statement. "This year we've added a raffle as a way to help Big Brothers Big Sisters continue the great work they do for kids. Buying a ticket is an easy way for people to help - and they just might win."

Attendees are encouraged to dress in island-style apparel to fit the luau theme. The event will feature plated barbecue dinners and non-alcoholic beverages for sale, along with live entertainment, island games for adults and children, water volleyball, giveaways and more.

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Tim Timpson will host the ninth Drystack Conference, scheduled for Oct. 24-26 in Fort Lauderdale, according to event organizer the International Marina Institute.

Timpson will present the keynote presentation and plans to focus on lessons learned from dry-storage projects. Throughout the conference, Timpson will facilitate seminars, including the closing panel where speakers and attendees will participate in an open discussion with a Q&A period.

Timpson, a certified marina manager, has worked in the marina industry for 35 years. He is currently the principal of MarinaResource LLC, which provides consultation, management and training to the industry.

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Exhibitor applications for boot Düsseldorf 2011, scheduled for Jan. 22-30 in Düesseldorf, Germany, are now available online.

The deadline for exhibitor registration is June 30.

For this year's show, 1,568 exhibitors from 55 nations and some 240,200 visitors from 60 countries participated, with about 50,000 visitors coming from outside Germany.

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US Sailing has announced the date and venue for the first US Sailing Yacht Club Summit.

The summit will take place April 2-3, 2011, at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago.

Flag officers, general managers and committee chairpersons of yacht clubs and community sailing organizations from around the country are invited to participate.

The two-day summit, moderated by US Sailing president Gary Jobson and a host of industry leaders, features a number of workshops and seminars, and expert panelists, including guest speaker and sailing icon Ted Turner.

"It is essential that our yacht clubs provide excellent service to members and the sailing community at large," Jobson said, in a statement. "The weekend symposium will bring together the best innovative thinking across the country and a wide variety of topics. Any yacht club planning [to redefine] its mission, attract new members, understand how to complete a major renovation, or become relevant in their community will want to participate in this groundbreaking event."

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Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.

IBEX Hires Education Director

Patty Lawrence will manage the show’s preconference sessions, seminars and workshops.

Organizers Plan for In-Person Metstrade

The show is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 in Amsterdam and will incorporate virtual elements.

X Shore Secures $17M in Funding

The Swedish company’s 26-foot Eelex 8000 electric boat premiered at the Palm Beach show last month.