This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Rochester (N.Y.) Boat Show, the New England Boat Show and U.S. Sailing's 2011 Yacht Club Summit.
The 29th Annual Rochester (N.Y.) Boat Show is set for Feb. 3-6 at the Riverside Convention Center.
The four-day event offers an opportunity to see and compare makes and models. No fewer than 13 boat dealers will be on hand offering deals and incentives to jump-start the 2011 boating season.
The selection includes sportboats, cruisers, fishing boats, pontoons, deckboats, performance boats, personal watercraft, ski boats and jet boats. Also on display will be docks, hoists, outboard motors, canoes, kayaks, sunfish and laser boats.
Dealers will offer "show-only" promotional prices and financing specialists will be available.
A portion of the proceeds from every boat sold at the show will be donated to Camp Good Days, which has provided camping experiences free since 1979 to children suffering from cancer.
Activities at the show include wine tasting with Fox Run Winery and daily giveaways, drawings and special events at most of the dealerships that have items on display.
On Sunday, attendees can enjoy a Super Boat Party with free pizza from Guida's Pizzeria. Children will be able to enjoy clowns and free face painting throughout the weekend.
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The 55th annual New England Boat Show returns Feb. 26-March 6 to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
As the area's oldest boating marketplace in New England, the nine-day event offers an escape from the winter chill to prepare for the coming boating season. The show will host new boats, gear and gadgets, and exhibitors will offer sales.
From sportfishers and luxury cruisers to sailboats and jet skis, the show offers something for every lifestyle, activity and budget and fun attractions for boaters of all ages.
Highlights include the all-new Sailfest, featuring sailboats, a remote-control sailing pond and educational courses; the new close-quarters maneuvering clinic; free daily boating and fishing seminars; and children's boating activities.
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Flag officers, general managers and committee chairmen of yacht clubs and community sailing organizations of all sizes from around the country are encouraged to participate April 2-3 in U.S. Sailing's 2011 Yacht Club Summit at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago.
A number of topics, speakers and panelist contributors have been confirmed for this first-time event. The summit will be moderated by U.S. Sailing president Gary Jobson and industry leaders.
Topics include communications; signature events; refurbishment of clubs; community access; long-range planning; yacht club branding; financial stability; membership; and junior programs.
"It is essential that our yacht clubs provide excellent service to their members and the sailing community at large," Jobson said in a statement. "The weekend summit will bring together the best innovative thinking across the country and a wide variety of topics. Any yacht club planning to redefine their mission, attract new members, understand how to complete a major renovation or become relevant in their community will want to participate in this groundbreaking event."
America's Cup icon Ted Turner will give the keynote address.