This roundup of shows and events includes news from the America's Cup World Series and the Fall Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo.
America’s Cup officials recently announced that the finish of the 2011-12 AC World Series, where the first AC World Series champion will be crowned, is set for June 2012 in Newport, R.I.
Details of that event will be unveiled Sept. 15 during next week’s Newport International Boat Show at a press conference featuring Tom Huston, chief operating officer of the America’s Cup Event Authority, along with Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Keith Stokes, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp.
Jerry Kirby, a renowned international racing sailor, will be the moderator. Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport, will offer comments.
The America’s Cup World Series, a new professional circuit said to feature the best sailors in the fastest boats, started in Cascais, Portugal, in August and will be sailing in Plymouth, England, simultaneously with the Newport show. Other stops include San Diego in November; Venice, Italy, in May 2012; and San Francisco, with the remaining calendar to be announced by the end of October.
“The America's Cup has always been about innovation, and the new America's Cup World Series gives us the opportunity to bring the highest levels of our sport to more people around the globe,” Huston said in a statement. “From our LiveLine graphics and on-board cameras to seeing the athletes in action as well as the boats themselves, this next-generation America’s Cup is transforming the way people experience sailing.”
The press conference will be open to anyone attending the show on Sept. 15, as well as those holding press, trade and exhibitor badges.
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The third annual Fall Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo is set for Sept. 23-25 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.
The event, organized by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, will feature new and used boats and accessories for sale by New Jersey marine retailers, including new 2012 models.
New this year is a free children’s boating safety and environmental awareness class being taught by NJ Boating Safety Classes. Each child will receive a PFD Panda Award Certificate that indicates they promise to use a life jacket when they’re on the water.
Also new this year, Jenkinson’s Aquarium will have touch tanks and displays so children can get hands-on experience of marine life in the Kids Cove. They also will have craft projects to keep the future generation of boaters busy and happy. And members of the Fishermen’s Conservation Association will teach children how to tie basic fishing knots, snell a hook and cast.
“The Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo offers a unique and affordable opportunity to meet with and shop from the top boat dealers and retailers in the state. The cost for a family of four to attend is less than $10 and the stadium is easily accessible, with convenient parking located right next to the entrance of the show,” MTA/NJ executive director Melissa Danko said in a statement. “New Jersey’s boating opportunities are endless, and the Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo has just what you need to get out on the water and continue your boating excitement this year.”