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Shows and Events

This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Fort Myers (Fla.) Boat Show, the C-PORT Conference and the RC 44 Championship Tour.

The 38th Annual Fort Myers (Fla.) Boat Show runs Thursday through Sunday on the Caloosahatchee River at the Harborside Event Center and the Fort Myers City Yacht Basin.

More than 40 dealers will showcase hundreds of boats, ranging from inflatables and dinghies to trawlers and larger yachts. The show features new and brokerage boats. Engines, accessories and apparel also will be on display.

The show features a "Boating Lifestyle" area, which includes the "Fort Myers Fishing Village." Seminars will be held on fishing and boat safety, and there will be diving and kayak displays.

The Fort Myers Boat Show is owned by the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association.

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The 24th Annual C-PORT Conference, dedicated to the growth and development of the marine assistance industry, will be held Jan. 24-26 in Long Beach, Calif.

C-PORT - the Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing - was founded in 1985. The group represents its industry with all federal, state and local organizations and encourages the growth and development of the industry through education.

The annual C-PORT Vendor Expo is held in conjunction with the conference.

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San Diego will play host next year to some of the biggest names in sailing when they come to the area March 2-6 for the RC 44 Championship Tour.

"I love racing in San Diego and I am looking forward to a great regatta," said Russell Coutts, who won the America's Cup in San Diego for the first time in 1995. He won a total of four Cups.

Racing will take place in front of the Broadway Pier, site of the Event Village. The public is welcome to watch some of the top sailors from New Zealand, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Russia and the United States compete.

The RC 44 is a high-performance sailboat created for short-course racing in international regattas. The carbon-fiber boats were designed by Coutts and naval architect Andrej Justin.

Since its 2007 debut, the RC 44 class has held 24 regattas in Europe and the Middle East. Fourteen RC 44 sailboats are coming to the United States for only two events this winter (Miami and San Diego). They will return to Europe for the summer circuit.

The racing format will be a combination of match racing (one-on-one racing, similar to the America's Cup) and fleet racing (Olympic-style racing, with all of the boats on one racecourse).

"We're excited to be bringing the RC 44 event to San Diego in 2011. San Diegans are huge fans of sailing and the RC 44 event will be a highly competitive international regatta bringing the best sailors in the world to America's finest city," said John Laun, president and CEO of Sea San Diego, in a statement. "The new Port Pavilion at the Broadway Pier will be a spectacular venue for race fans to view these races."

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