Shows and Events


This roundup of shows and events includes news from the Spring Boating Expo in Michigan, the Spring Boating Symposium in Port Townsend, Wash., and Charleston (S.C.) Race Week.

The Spring Boating Expo is under way at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich., and will continue through Sunday.

The event brings hundreds of boats to see and buy, along with accessories and entertainment. More than 75 exhibitors will showcase their products.

Discount tickets are available at admission is $10 for adults; children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult.

Hours are 2 to 9 p.m. today; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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The Spring Boating Symposium returns this weekend to the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Wash.

The event, which runs through Sunday, offers an opportunity to learn from world-class maritime adventurers, maritime center executive director Jake Beattie said in a report at

“Attending this symposium is like going to the all-star game for boaters because you get to rub elbows with maritime heroes you normally only experience through books and magazine articles,” Beattie said. “There are great practical presentations and awe-inspiring adventure stories. The whole weekend has an air of excitement and celebration.”

About 100 Northwest boaters are scheduled to attend the third annual symposium, which provides a crash course for anyone who wants to learn about how to cruise safely and efficiently.

Sponsors said the symposium is an innovative blend of interactive lectures, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and opportunities to network with other boaters and experts in an intimate and engaging environment.

The cost for the full symposium is $275 for maritime center and Wooden Boat Foundation members and $295 for nonmembers; attending all day through evening Saturday will be $195.

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Electric outboard manufacturer Torqeedo is a sponsor and race participant at Charleston (S.C.) Race Week, which will be held April 18-21.

Staff from Illinois-based Torqeedo will have motors at the event for participants and spectators to see.

"As a regatta specializing in smaller one-design boats, Charleston Race Week is the ideal place to increase Torqeedo's visibility in the sailing world," Steve Trkla, head of Torqeedo's North America division, said in a statement. "We’re proud to sponsor this event."

Three days of racing include inshore harbor and offshore courses. The regatta is open to one-design, PHRF and IRC racing sailboats from 22 to 70 feet.