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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Catawba Island Boat Show, the Marine Industry Cares Foundation and the National Women's Sailing Association.

The free Catawba Island Boat Show is set for April 29-May 1 at the Catawba Island Club near Port Clinton, Ohio.

"If you've spent all winter thinking about buying, but haven't made a decision, I encourage you to stop by," show manager Ken Alvey said in a statement. "Thanks to the club, there'll be more deals than ever before and the location can't be beat."

There is no charge for admission or parking and visitors will have the opportunity to test-drive a broad selection of powerboats and sailboats on Lake Erie.

Firelands Winery of Sandusky, Ohio, will conduct a wine tasting on Saturday to raise money for college scholarships.

The event serves a region that, according to watercraft registration figures, has one of the highest numbers of boats per capita and one of the greatest densities of boats per acre of water in the Great Lakes basin.

"Boats of all shapes and sizes sell well here," Alvey said. "There's definitely something for everyone, whether you like fishing, cruising, sailing or just motoring around the bay."

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The Marine Industry Cares Foundation is holding its third annual Spin-A-Thon for children on May 20 at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale.

The team-spinning relay benefits Kids in Distress, a local agency that helps abused and neglected children.

The inaugural Spin-A-Thon and its successor raised more than $100,000. This year, the foundation plans to triple the involvement and raise more than $250,000 for Kids in Distress.

The foundation was created in 2010 by marine industry leaders in South Florida who were motivated to make a difference in their city. It seeks to build a lasting relationship between the marine industry and the community.

Click here for information.

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The National Women's Sailing Association will hold the 10th annual Women's Sailing Conference June 4 at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass.

BoatU.S. is the primary sponsor of this event, where women can learn new skills or enhance their skills in recreational sailing through seminars on the water, on the dock and in the classroom. The topics include an introduction to sailing, sail trim, spinnakers, crew overboard, operating a powerboat, knots, charting, suddenly single-handed, diesel engine troubleshooting, introduction to weather, understanding wind, marine medicine and emergency seamanship.

"Sailing teaches leadership and teamwork, adds skills that can bring a lifetime of enjoyment and creates memorable experiences," said Claire Wyngaard, BoatU.S. manager of sponsorships, in a statement. "Attending this event will increase your confidence while learning and networking with others who share your love for the outdoors and active lifestyle."

The event's featured speaker will be association founder Doris Colgate, the president and CEO of Offshore Sailing School.

The 2010 BoatU.S./NWSA Leadership in Women's Sailing Award will be awarded at the conference. The award honors someone who has built a record of achievement in inspiring, educating and enriching the lives of women through sailing.

Registration fees are $115 for association members and $150 for non-members ($15 more after May 20).

Click here or here for registration and information.

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