Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming industry events includes news from BoatU.S., the Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium 2010 on Water Access and the 45th annual Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament.

United States Yacht Shows Inc., producer of the United States Sailboat Show and the United States Powerboat Show in Annapolis, Md., announced that BoatU.S. was named the premier sponsor of this fall's boat shows.

The United States Sailboat Show runs from Oct. 7-11 and the United States Powerboat Show is set for Oct. 14-17.

"This important sponsorship calls for a comprehensive promotional campaign to the association's membership," according to a statement. "BoatU.S. Magazine, both electronic and print, the association's monthly E-Line newsletter,, and electronic e-mail will be critical components of the campaign."

Hundreds of new sailboats and sailing exhibitors gather to welcome more than 50,000 boating enthusiasts to the sailboat portion of the show, only to be replaced by hundreds more powerboat exhibitors the following week.

Activities include daily seminars, small-boat demo rides for all ages, "Take the Wheel" interactive workshops, Trawler Port, the Multihulls Section, the Antique and Classic boat display and a special section on "Green Boating" in the powerboat show.

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Early-bird registration for the Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium 2010 on Water Access ends Aug. 15.

The event is set for Sept. 27-30 in Portland, Maine.

Participants will learn how waterfront communities around the nation are dealing with environmental and economic threats and how successful strategies help keep waterfronts working in states such as North Carolina, Washington, Louisiana, Michigan and Maine.

Attendees can also take a walking tour or cruise of the Portland waterfront, where fishing, tourism, residential and commercial development and the nation's second-largest petroleum port jockey for space before the scenic, island-studded backdrop of Casco Bay.

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The 45th annual Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament is set for Nov. 18-21.

Events include a party at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and an awards ceremony at the Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill after the event.

Information about participating as an angler or a sponsor is available by calling tournament director Kitty McGowan at (954) 523-1004.