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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Maine Escape and the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association.

Maine boatyards and affiliated marine groups are producing a series of yachting events in August.

The regattas, rendezvous, boat shows and receptions are collectively called the Maine Escape. The events are designed to cater to the international yachting community in order to encourage more boats to sail in the renowned waters off the Maine coast.

The series begins Aug. 4 with the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta with its two feeder events — the Castine Classic Yacht Race and the Camden Classic Yacht Race — on Aug. 2 and 3, respectively.

During the weekend of Aug. 10-12, racers are invited to join the Shipyard Cup out of Boothbay. Landlubbers can opt for the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show in Rockland. Aug. 13 and 14 are Open Boat Yard Days, and dozens of yacht yards will open their doors to the public for tours and receptions.

Lastly, the Maine Escape ends Aug. 16-19 with the Penobscot Bay Rendezvous for powerboats and sailboats and the MS Regatta in Casco Bay on Aug. 18.

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The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association is holding its 2013 International Boatyard Business Conference Jan. 19-20, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale.

The event will cater to boatyard owners, operators and managers, boatbuilders and boat repair businesses and will focus on the most current topics of interest, with presentations by some of the marine industry’s most influential business leaders nationally and internationally.

Planned session topics include leadership and the evolution of effective management practices in the boatyard business; the effects of globalization on service delivery and quality; innovative work force initiatives; creative approaches to boatyard business development; and new thinking about the business of boatyard services.

The conference also will continue to be the venue for ABBRA's annual awards, which recognize industry service, achievement and contributions, including ABBRA's Boatyard of the Year award.

“Based on the feedback we have received from our members and from other leading voices in the boatyard services industry we believe this new format and focus on critical boatyard business issues will breathe new life and interest into ABBRA’s annual conference,” ABBRA president Pam Lendzion said in a statement.


Connecticut spring show adds charity benefit

The Connecticut Spring Boat Show will be held Friday May 4 through Sunday, May 6, at Brewer Essex Island Marina in Essex, Conn., and this year will be the first time that admission fees will benefit the charity SailsUP4Cancer

Cobalt’s first 23-foot outboard model unveiled

Cobalt Boats introduced its first 23-foot outboard, the Model 23SC, to offer first-time buyers and occasional boaters seeking higher quality and reliability the same level of construction, performance and attention to detail offered in its larger boats.

AIM announces new hires

Catapult Creative Labs, the internal marketing communications agency of Active Interest Media, has hired Andrea Kupfer as vice president, account executive and Christina Erb LoVullo as creative services director. Kupfer will lead Catapult’s long-term sales growth and profitability and Erb LoVullo will oversee marketing and creative services.