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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association and the International Yacht Restoration School.

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association is offering a $30 discount to those who register early for its annual conference July 18-19 in New Bedford, Mass.

Registration options for the event include full conference passes at a member rate of $245 and a non-member rate of $275. After June 30, the prices will increase to a member rate of $275 and a non-member rate of $295. Guest passes are available for $125, and tickets for the field trip can be purchased for $45.

Room rates for conference attendees are $125 at the host hotel, the Fairfield Inn and Suites.

The conference is intended to bring together decision makers in the boatyard and repair industry to discuss common business problems and best business practices through interactive panel sessions, informative keynote presentations and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

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The 14th annual International Yacht Restoration School Summer Gala will be held July 9 at the Newport, R.I., campus.

The theme is a Black & White Party. Molly and Guillaume de Ramel of Newport are co-chairs of this year’s event.

“The gala is a nice convergent celebration,” IYRS president Terry Nathan said in a statement. “IYRS and its broad international support base come together to celebrate the school’s progress and the students who graduate to careers in the marine trades. We have a lot to celebrate this year, including 40 graduates, a new composites program and a school that has great promise for the future.”

A highlight of the evening will again be live and silent auctions, as well as a lineup of items in a special collector’s gallery. Among the auction items are a rare opportunity to join a South Atlantic expedition to the wildlife refuge of South Georgia; a private villa in St. Barths and megayacht racing during the St. Barths Bucket Regatta; and a Mediterranean cruise aboard the luxurious four-masted barque Sea Cloud.

The gala is the crowning event of a weekend of social and boating activity. The festivities start Friday evening with a reception for the school’s Restoration Society, followed the next day by on-the-water activities and capped by Saturday evening’s festivities at the school.


Yamaha sponsors Jacksonville show

Yamaha has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show that runs April 13 -15 at Metropolitan Park and Marina in Jacksonville, Fla.

Volvo Penta announces contest

Volvo Penta of the Americas is asking new engine owners to submit stories to its inaugural Boating Dreams contest and will award the winner with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

MIASF volunteers collect 32 tons of trash

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, organizers of the 41st Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup held on March 3, collected 32 tons of trash from 31 sites around the county.

New Jersey saltwater fishing show opens today

The Progressive Saltwater Fishing Expo opens today, nearly doubling its footprint as it moves from the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, N.J., to the larger, more centrally-located New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, N.J.