This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the 54th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament in Georgia, the Riviera Festival of Boating in Queensland, Australia, a rendezvous sponsored by Denison Yacht Sales in Florida and the Houston Summer Boat Show.
The 54th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament will take place Friday at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Nautique announced the creation of a new award at the event — the Nautique Junior Masters Scholarship — which will be available to competitors in the 21st Junior Masters. The scholarship is intended for the athlete who has the potential to excel as a leader not only on the water, but also off the water.
Nautique is committed to matching as much as $1,000 of the amount collected. Participants of the Kikkor Cup golf event are sponsors and athletes of the tournament.
“Nautique is thrilled to offer a scholarship to a Junior Masters athlete; these athletes are the future of our sport, and anything we can do to help them succeed is consistent with our Nautique Cares philosophy,” Nautique president and CEO Bill Yeargin said in a statement.
An invitation to compete in the Masters is universally considered an acknowledgment of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline because only the world's most elite athletes compete at the Masters.
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A new workshop designed to make skippering a small boat child’s play is expected to be hugely entertaining and educational for pint-sized captains at the Riviera Festival of Boating held May 23-26 at Coomera on Queensland’s Gold Coast in Australia.
It is one of seven new workshops that were added to the program since the festival registration website went live in March.
The original program of 76 educational and social events has prompted the addition of several new workshops, including the Riv Kidz Skipper Program, which now brings the total to 83 individual events.
The new events offered in the expanded educational program include anchoring, line work, rafting and mooring; onboard entertainment; understanding gyro stabilizers, electrical power systems; understanding electrical accessories, understanding marine insurance; and a special children’s-only Riv Kidz Skipper training program. Limited places are available at all workshops and registration via the Festival of Boating website is essential.
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Denison Yacht Sales will hold a family-friendly boating rendezvous June 14-16 at the Ocean Reef Resort in Key Largo, Fla. The event will bring together the Denison family, friends, employees and fellow boat lovers cruising together to the resort.
A private membership club, Ocean Reef offers 36 holes of golf, a salon and spa, more than a dozen restaurants, tennis, basketball, playgrounds, a nature center, putt-putt golf, a marina and a private airport. Activities will be planned for Denison guests, such as dockside get-togethers and the pirate-themed Buccaneer Bash and Beach Bonfire.
Denison will be showcasing a variety of its new boat lines, including Monte Carlo Yachts, Beneteau Power, Greenline, Austin Parker, Roscioli Donzi and Contender.
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The Houston Summer Boat Show returns next month to the Reliant Center and organizers say it will feature nearly every type of recreational vessel, ranging from kayaks to ski and wakeboarding boats.
The five-day event will be held June 19-23 and its attractions include Fish-O-Rama, where children can catch a rainbow trout; Bubble Runners, a giant human hamster ball that glides, skips and spins across the water; and the Bass Tub, a live fishing demonstration.
The hours are: June 19-21, 1 to 9 p.m.; June 22, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and June 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free.
Onsite parking at Reliant Center is $10 a day.