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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the California Yacht Brokers Association, The Newport (R.I.) Charter Yacht Show and the 53rd annual Melbourne Boat Show in Australia.

The California Yacht Brokers Association is hosting its 16th annual legal seminar, “Yacht Sales and the Law,” on Thursday at the Southwestern Yacht Club in San Diego.

Because California is one of only two states requiring yacht brokers to be licensed, the event helps California brokers comply with state Department of Boating and Waterways laws and regulations, along with issues involving transaction documents, such as purchase and listing agreements.

The keynote speaker this year is Ret. Maj. Gen. Anthony L. Jackson, who recently was appointed director of the California State Parks agency, which oversees the DBW.

Nicole Vasilaros, director of regulatory and legal affairs for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, will address the group about pending federal regulations that could affect the yacht brokerage industry.

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The Newport Charter Yacht Show will take place June 17-20 in Newport, R.I., showcasing luxury charter yachts from 80 to more than 225 feet. The event is the only one of its kind in the United States.

In its 31st year and its second under management of the Newport Exhibition Group, the show has 30 percent more registered yachts and vendors than this time last year, organizers said.

The show caters to charter industry professionals, including agents, owners, brokers and captains. Consumers are invited to attend if accompanied by a broker.

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The 2013 53rd annual Melbourne Boat Show runs June 14-17 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in Australia.

The show will have true-to-life simulators for big-ship navigation and small-boat handling, organizers said.

Steven Gill, general manager of the Boating Industry Association of Victoria, which sponsors the show, said the simulators will deliver serious safety lessons in an entertaining way.

“These simulators are the real deal. They are used around the world to train ship’s captains and tug and pilot boat masters — even naval commanders,” he said in a statement.


Towing a bigger pyramid

The Rock Aqua Jays water-skiing team, with a Guinness World Record for the largest human pyramid, recently upgraded its towboat to Mercury Racing’s 300R outboards.