Boating congress held in South Africa

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The 2012 ICOMIA/IFBSO Congress took place April 18-21 in Cape Town, South Africa, and was organized by the newly formed Marine Industry Association of South Africa.

Delegates were taken on industry site visits to see rig designer Southern Spars; large sail-yacht builder Southern Wind Shipyard; and the state-of-the-art facilities at Quantum Sails, which produces sails for multihulls and keelboats. Two more visits followed at catamaran builders Robertson and Caine and Two Oceans Marine.

The keynote speakers were Michael Lalor, of Ernst & Young, who spoke about the African market; Liesl Nel, of Moorings, who gave a presentation on the global charter market; Ian Calvert, of Instant Grass, who discussed “The Emerging African Consumer”; Guy Lundy, of Accelerate Cape Town, who shared his expertise on Africa and world economics; and Thom Dammrich, of the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

The last day of the event included the International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ annual general meeting, where Peter Methven (British Marine Federation) was elected as the new president of ICOMIA, taking over from Lorenzo Selva (Italian Ucina). Romano Piculjan (Croatian Boating Industry Association) was elected vice president, and Yavuz Sipahi (Turkish Association for Development of

Marine Tourism and Seamanship) was named second vice president.

Next year’s ICOMIA/IFBSO Congress will be held in London.

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