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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Tampa (Fla.) Boat Show and Strictly Sail Long Beach in California.

The Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show returns Sept. 28-30 with new educational attractions.

From on-the-water boat training to scuba lessons and do-it-yourself maintenance seminars, the event offers visitors hands-on learning experiences. Clinics will be offered throughout the three-day show, held at the Tampa Convention Center.

In addition to learning new skills, attendees can find deals on hundreds of boats from the region’s top retailers and shop the marine industry’s newest accessories and electronics.

Interactive activities will include “Take the Helm” with Discover Boating on-the-water powerboating and sailing clinics; free scuba-diving lessons at the “Be a Diver Pool”; and master maintenance at Fred’s Shed DIY seminars and Interactive Learning Center.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 28-29 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 30. Tickets are $12 for adults (16 and older). Children 15 and younger will be admitted free. Advance adult tickets for Sept. 28 can be purchased at a $2 discount off the regular price.

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Strictly Sail Long Beach, Southern California’s only all-sailboat show (formerly the Long Beach Yacht & Boat Show), will be held Oct. 18-21 at the Shoreline Marina at Rainbow Harbor.

Organizers say the show will give sailing enthusiasts a chance to learn from world-renowned pros. More than 60 sailing seminars are expected during the four-day event.

“With sailing experts including George Day, Kathy Parsons and Lee Chesneau, plus dozens of sailing pros and topics across the spectrum, Strictly Sail Long Beach will provide sailors of every experience level an invaluable destination for sailing education with the largest selection of seminars in the region,” NMMA West executive director Dave Geoffroy said in a statement.

The seminars, sponsored by Blue Water Sailing magazine, include “The 10 Things They Never Tell You About the Cruising Life”; “Proper Provisioning”; “The Weather Briefing — Self-Reliant Weather Interpretation Skills”; “What's it Really Like Cruising the California and Mexican Coasts?”; “Downwind Sailing Techniques”; “Sailing Made Easy”; “Baja Ha-Ha ‘How To’ ”; and “Twenty Classic and Affordable Sailboats for Bluewater Cruising.”

Produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the show will feature close to 100 sailboats, representing dozens of brands and models from the region’s leading dealers, and an area showcasing the sailing industry’s newest accessories and technology.

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MRAA welcomes new partner member

Marina and marine management software provider DockMaster has become the newest partner member of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas.

Caterpillar to close two facilities

Caterpillar Inc. will close two facilities in Texas and Panama and is considering shutting its engine manufacturing plant in Illinois as part of a strategy to boost profitability and better handle business cycles, according to Reuters.

Brunswick executive honored by Savoy magazine

Danielle Brown, vice president and chief information officer for Brunswick Corp., was recently honored among the "Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America" as chosen by Savoy Magazine, a leading African-American lifestyle publication.