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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Providence Boat Show, the American Boat and Yacht Council, the Vancouver International Boat Show, the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show, the Singapore Yacht Show, the Strictly Jersey Boat Show and the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" series.

Monohull sailboats from 15 to 33 feet and multihulls in the mid-20-foot range will be seen at the Providence Boat Show, which will be held Jan. 13-16 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Sailboat companies have stayed away from indoor winter shows in the last few years, but the strength of the market in Southern New England is bringing representatives back to Providence, organizers said.

"We're so happy to serve the sailing community again with exhibits of some of the finest names in the industry," show director Nancy Piffard said in a statement. "The Providence Boat Show is arguably the most convenient show for people from eastern Connecticut, central and southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and, of course, Rhode Island."

Besides sailboats, the show includes powerboats, personal watercraft and inflatables. There also will be hundreds of exhibits that feature fresh- and saltwater fishing gear, technology, engines and electronics, and seminars, workshops and demonstrations.

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The American Boat and Yacht Council will host two courses at the Annapolis School of Seamanship.

A marine systems certification course is set for Jan. 11-14. The course will draw key information from 21 ABYC standards as they apply to boat component selection and installation.

The class concludes with a 200-question certification exam. The ABYC standards manual, ABYC study guide and class notes can be consulted during this exam.

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An electrical certification course is set for Feb. 15-18. The course is designed for technicians who have at least three to five years of experience working with marine electricity.

The class concludes with a 200-question certification exam.

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The 2011 Vancouver International Boat Show is back after a one-year hiatus for the Olympics.

The show runs Feb. 9-13 at the new Vancouver Convention Centre and the False Creek Yacht Club. More than 300 exhibitors are expected to showcase the latest boats and marine products.

Show-goers can take advantage of family activities and a comprehensive seminar lineup featuring top boating experts. The event includes free Discover Boating boat rides at False Creek Yacht Club; Kids' Zone; SailFest, offering the latest sailboats, gear and destinations; and the Discover Boating Centre, an educational one-stop-shop where attendees can find unbiased answers about how to get started in boating.

The British Columbia Marine Trades Association owns the show. It is produced by Canadian Boat Shows.

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The third annual Abu Dhabi Yacht Show will be held March 24-26 at the Yas Marina.

The event will be jointly promoted with the season opener of the FIA GT1 world championship 2011, which is being organized by Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management.

"With a similar visitor profile the concurrent staging of the two events will offer all the participants at the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show and the GT1 race a number of combined social and networking opportunities," said Andy Treadwell, managing director of the Informa Yacht Group, organizers of the show.

"Last year, according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, some 12,000 people, including many highly influential regional VIP guests, came to the GT1 event, and they will be thrilled to also be able to visit the yacht show next door," he added.

The show is again being supported by its main sponsor, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.

"This is a signature event that underscores Abu Dhabi's commitment to building and providing best-in-class leisure and entertainment infrastructure and facilities management," said Faisal Al Sheikh, events manager at the tourism agency.

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The inaugural Singapore Yacht Show is set for April 8-10 at the ONE 15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove.

The show is being organized by the Informa Yacht Group, which also produces the Monaco Yacht Show, the Superyacht Cup Regattas and the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show.

"We are convinced that the market for superyachts in Asia could develop considerably over the next few years and we want to play our part in driving that development," managing director Andy Treadwell said in a statement.

"Singapore is a highly strategic and influential business center in the very heart of Asia, providing a perfect venue for the show and a first-class hub for the future of the large-yacht industry in this region," he added.

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The Strictly Jersey Boat Show is set for April 29-May 1 at the South Jersey Marina in Cape May, N.J.

Now in its third year, the Strictly Jersey Boat Show has proven to be a "viable alternative to the common boat show," organizers said.

"This show has been designed to provide a method by which New Jersey's boat manufacturers, dealers and companies that provide boating services and products are brought together with actual boaters," organizers said. "This simple plan enables show exhibitors to successfully tap into that desire and passion that we all know exists within New Jersey's boating community, and for a fraction of the price typical at common boat shows."

For show details, including costs and slip reservations, or to request a show kit, call Mark Allen at (609) 898-9500 or e-mail him at: mallen@strictlyjersey.com.

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The "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" series returns in 2011 with four scheduled seminars in Florida.

They include:

  • March 11-13 in Naples
  • April 15-17 in Fort Lauderdale
  • May 20-22 in Stuart
  • Nov. 11-13 in the Keys/Islamorada

The weekend seminars teach women saltwater fishing techniques for inshore, offshore, bottom and fly fishing at beginner and advanced levels. The class includes an afternoon of "hands-on" fishing exercises with spin casting, conservation, net casting, gaffing grapefruits, boat handling and backing a truck and trailer rig.

An optional fishing trip by boat will be held on the second seminar day, followed by fish fillet instruction.

Seminar registration is typically $99 if booked two weeks in advance and $135 the week of the seminar. Islamorada rates are an additional $15. Contact: Betty Bauman at (954) 475-9068 or info@ladiesletsgofishing.com.

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