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Shows and Events

This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from Discover Boating, the National Women's Sailing Association, the American Composites Manufacturing Association, the International Yacht Restoration School, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Dominion Marine Media.

A webinar is set for 1 p.m. (EDT) May 16 on Discover Boating’s 2012 marketing plan.

Hosted by Grow Boating president Carl Blackwell, the webinar will present the latest details about Discover Boating's “Welcome to the Water” campaign, from digital advertising to social media and public relations.

The industrywide webinar will provide a look at the integrated marketing mix on tap for the busy boating months ahead. It is open to all industry stakeholders in the United States and Canada.

Space is limited. Click here to register.

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On June 4 the National Women's Sailing Association will hold the 11th annual Women's Sailing Conference at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass.

The event, whose primary sponsor is BoatUS, gives women a chance to learn or enhance their skills in recreational sailing through seminars on the water, on the dock and in the classroom. Topics include an introduction to sailing, sail trim, spinnakers, crew overboard, operating a motorboat, knots, charting, suddenly single-handed, diesel engine troubleshooting and understanding wind.

“Sailing teaches leadership and teamwork, adds skills that can bring a lifetime of enjoyment and creates memorable experiences,” BoatUS manager of sponsorships Claire Wyngaard said in a statement. “Attending this event will increase your confidence while learning and networking with others who share your love for the outdoors and active lifestyle.”

There will be a keynote speaker at dinner, and the 2012 BoatUS/NWSA Leadership in Women's Sailing Award will be bestowed. Started in 1999, it honors a person who has built a record of achievement in inspiring, educating and enriching the lives of women through sailing.

Click here for information or to register, or call (781) 631-2084.

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The American Composites Manufacturing Association will hold its second annual Green Composites Workshop June 20-21 in Chicago.

The focus will be the opportunities and economics of composites recycling.

“This event builds on the success of last year’s inaugural green composites workshop,” Composites Growth Initiative director John Busel said in a statement. ”The program offers the latest on composites recycling research, methods, applications and business practices. It also provides guidance about how composites companies can best implement their own recycling programs.”

Included on the workshop agenda is a keynote presentation on the final report on the ACMA Composites Life Cycle Inventor Project from Gary Jakubcin of Owens Corning. LEED Green associate Robert L. Moffit, of Ashland Performance Materials, will examine the question of why composites should be recycled and Cheryl Richards, of PPG Industries, will provide perspective on composites recycling in Europe.

Scheduled to review the industry’s best practices on recycling are Julie Keith, of Crane Composites; Tim Price, of The R.J. Marshall Co.; Jonathan Sgarlata, of Bradley Corp.; and Trey Sawtelle, of Vectorply Corp.

An overview of composites recycling methods and concepts will be presented by Brian Pillay of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. James Stike, of Materials Innovation Technologies, is slated to speak about reclaiming and re-engineering carbon fiber, and Richard Pyle, of Jordan Reduction Solutions, will present options for material reclaim.

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The International Yacht Restoration School is hosting its annual summer gala July 7 at its Newport, R.I. campus.

The theme of this year’s event is: “Mastering the Craft: 15 Years of Excellence.” The gala will feature a series of small exhibits that will chronicle the school’s 15 years of evolution from a small class of students in a single program to a thriving educational institution with three full-time programs in boatbuilding and restoration, marine systems and composites technology; two campuses; and an international cadre of graduates who have forged careers as craftsmen, skilled technicians and business owners.

The gala crowns a weekend of festivities centered on IYRS.

Click here for information or call IYRS events manager Erica Kana at (401) 848-5777, Ext. 231.

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Dominion Marine Media announced that the Michigan Boating Industries Association has become the second state marine trade group to agree to host a Norman-Spencer Marine Retail University event.

The program is scheduled for Dec. 5-6 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, Mich. It will be a part of the Recreational Boating Educational Conference, which the MBIA hosts annually.

The event will feature four targeted educational sessions, an expo hall and a series of networking sessions. The educational sessions will feature market-specific sales and dealer performance data.

“We are excited to be a part of the MBIA Recreational Boating Educational Conference and to bring a Marine Retail University track to the event in 2012,” Dominion director of marketing Courtney Chalmers said in a statement. “MBIA’s members from across the state of Michigan will find great value in the customized program that the MRU offers.



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