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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from West Marine, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association.

West Marine is hosting a grand-opening celebration April 28-May 1 for its new flagship store in Woburn, Mass.

The event features an on-site boat show, high-tech electronics demonstrations, experts providing tips and tricks to maximize a boat's performance and increase fishing skills, raffles and more.

"Cruising for a Cause" Charity Night will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. April 28 at the store. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or through the following local charities: Courageous Sailing; Piers Park Sailing Center; The Fishing Academy; New England Disabled Sports; Sandy Point Sailing; Community Rowing; Newton Yacht Club; Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program; ALLY Foundation's Flip Flop Regatta; Barehill Rowing; and Boston University Sailing.

All proceeds will directly support the charities.

The new store has more than 23,000 square feet and was built to serve local residents and people traveling to the lakes of New Hampshire and the coast of Maine.

The Woburn store will be a regional hub for Port Supply, the wholesale business that supports marine companies.

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The Marine Industries Association of South Florida will present its 15th annual Plywood Regatta April 30-May 1 at the Dania Beach City Marina near the Dania Beach Pier.

The Plywood Regatta is a two-day event that introduces local youths and the community to boatbuilding and the excitement of recreational boating.

A maximum of 40 teams of middle-school, high-school and marine technical school students will attempt to build seaworthy vessels on April 30. On May 1, participants will compete in a race.

All Plywood Regatta proceeds benefit South Florida's marine industry education programs and the Plywood Regatta Scholarship Fund.

"Plywood Regatta is such a unique event because it encompasses so many aspects of the marine industry, from design to fabrication to painting. Participating in the event is a great way for these students, particularly those in the marine magnet and engineering programs, to get a taste of what careers they could eventually pursue in the marine industry after graduation," said Melanie Daily, the association's public relations and events coordinator, in a statement.

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The 95th annual "Opening Day on the Bay" Decorated Boat Parade, hosted by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association, celebrates the official beginning of the 2011 boating season on San Francisco Bay.

The theme of this year's event, which takes place May 1, is "Giants of the Bay," celebrating the people and things that have made San Francisco unique. "Emperor Norton IV" is the grand marshal, and BoatU.S. is the primary sponsor.

The parade will feature more than 120 historic workboats, fireboats, towboats and classic and contemporary craft decorated to the theme. Powerboats and sailboats will compete for best-decoration honors.

Free public viewing is available along the San Francisco waterfront at Crissy Field from noon until 3 p.m.

The event is organized by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association, which was formed in San Francisco in 1896 to improve communication among yacht clubs, provide uniform racing rules and encourage yachting.


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