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This roundup of shows and events includes news from the International Yacht Restoration School, the 20th annual Spring Boating Expo, Ladies, Let's Go Fishing! and the American Superyacht Forum

In anticipation of the America’s Cup World Series coming to Rhode Island this summer, the International Yacht Restoration School is hosting a series of lectures on the famed event.

The four-part series, titled “The America’s Cup: Past, Present and Future,” starts Tuesday at the school’s Newport campus.

The series will feature a mix of experts who have been involved with the event in varying capacities, from organizers of this summer’s World Series, to those who are well-versed in the technology of the high-performance multihulls that will be sailed, to individuals who have a long and storied history with the race.

Tuesday’s session is “The America’s Cup World Series Comes to Newport: What to Expect Out on the Bay.” Brad Read, chair of the America's Cup World Series Host Committee and executive director of Sail Newport, will give offer a look at what to expect in June when the racing comes to Newport. Read will talk about the village setup at Fort Adams State Park, the teams scheduled to compete, and details on the course and racing.

Other sessions are set for March 20, April 3 and April 17.

Lectures are free for members of IYRS and the Museum of Yachting, and $7 for non-members.

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The 20th annual Spring Boating Expo is set for March 15-18 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich.

The event will feature hundreds of new 2012 and new overstocked 2011, 2010 and 2009 boats, engines and trailers. Nearly 100 exhibitors will be on hand.

The event also includes the Discover Boating Center, featuring boats that can be purchased for less $250 per month, as well as attractions for the family.

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South Florida women will tackle fishing skills April 20-22 at “Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!” in Dania Beach, Fla.

The conservation-minded seminar, held in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, emphasizes hands-on skills, with such techniques as releasing, knot tying, unhooking, bait rigging, spin casting, cast netting, trailer backing, boat handling and more.

The 2012 schedule also includes a Treasure Coast/Stuart event from May 18-20 and a Keys/Islamorada event, which runs Nov. 9-11.

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The largest conference addressing the American superyacht industry returns May 21-23 to Fort Lauderdale with the 10th anniversary of the American Superyacht Forum.

This year, the American Superyacht Forum will be supported by the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, International Superyacht Society, Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the U.S. Superyacht Association.

“The superyacht market’s biggest client base is still in America, and in order to understand the challenges to boosting ownership, it is essential to re-evaluate how the industry informs, involves and increases their business potential,” Superyacht Events executive director Georgina Lucey said in a statement.

“By returning to Fort Lauderdale, the Superyacht Events team has been able to scale up the event, with increased attendance, fantastic and original networking opportunities, and excellent conference programming,” she added.

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