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Strictly Sail Pacific life-jacket drive set for Saturday

GetMyBoat is partnering with SailSFBay and Summer Sailstice to host a life jacket drive Saturday at Strictly Sail Pacific in Oakland, Calif.

GetMyBoat is partnering with SailSFBay and Summer Sailstice to host a life jacket drive Saturday at Strictly Sail Pacific in Oakland, Calif.

Boaters need only bring used life jackets to exchange for a new Type III personal flotation device.

Strictly Sail Pacific opens Thursday and continues through Sunday at Jack London Square. The event will include new sailboats, gear, accessories, hardware, more than 90 free seminars, hands-on workshops and free sailboat rides.

“This life jacket drive is a great opportunity to help boaters get the resources they need to have a great, safe day on the water,” GetMyBoat CIO Bryan Petro said in a statement. “Partnering with SailSFBay is an excellent way to connect with our local community. Our mission is to grow boating, and it starts at our front door.”

GetMyBoat is a boat rental company with 28,000 watercraft listed in 135 countries. SailSFBay is a San Francisco-based non-profit that is committed to growing sailing in northern California.

John Arndt, a member of the board of SailSFBay, is a lifelong sailor committed to growing sailing. He is also the founder of Summer Sailstice, a worldwide sailing celebration that takes place during the weekend nearest to the summer solstice and includes special events and sailboat rides.

“Many of the 7 million Bay Area residents don't realize they live right next door to one of the world's best sailing areas, and access is far easier than they think,” Arndt said. “SailSFBay raises awareness of the many local sailing opportunities available for families, youth and individuals to safely learn where and how to sail locally.”

Available life jacket sizes include child, youth and adult.

Boaters who wish to exchange an old life jacket must bring it to booth 116 on the second floor of the Oakland Convention Center at Jack London Square. Old life jackets will be given to the Coast Guard, which will assess their condition and dispose of or reuse them.

Donated by the California Division of Boating and Waterways, the life jackets are part of a California State Department of Parks and Recreation safety and education initiative.

Those who wish to purchase Strictly Sail Pacific tickets online can use the code "GetMyBoat" to receive a discount on their purchase.

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