Gary Jobson to speak at sailing conference

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Sail America announced that ESPN commentator, America's Cup champion and US Sailing president Gary Jobson will speak on "Making Sailing Essential" at the Sailing Industry Conference and Regatta, which runs June 14-16 in Annapolis, Md.

"We are extremely pleased to have Gary join us to give this exciting presentation," said George Day, event chair and publisher of Blue Water Sailing magazine, in a statement. "He brings a wealth of personal passion and professional expertise to the podium, and we're eagerly looking forward to his valuable insight and recommendations that will help us grow our own businesses while helping to promote the sailing sport and lifestyle."

In other news, the final sponsorship slate has been confirmed, and Sail America reports it exceeds expectations. As part of the sponsorship agreement, any company that exhibited at the 2009 U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis or submitted a contract for the 2010 show will receive a $50 discount to attend the Sailing Industry Conference, as long as they register by June 4.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome the United States Sailboat Show to our event, and by the tremendous show of support from sponsors across the industry," Sail America executive director Jonathan Banks said in a statement. "We have surpassed our original sponsorship goal by 25 percent, thanks to the great efforts of Sabre Yachts' Brenda Collins and her outstanding sponsorship task force team. We are also riding the wave of success from the previous 2008 Sailing Industry Conference and are pleased that many of our original sponsors have returned."

In terms of attendance, Banks reports more than 70 companies have signed up.

Click here for information on the conference or to register online, or call Kimberly Tuchon or Jonathan Banks at (401) 841-0900.

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