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NMEA conference adds tour of Shake-A-Leg campaign vessel

The boat will be docked at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina.

Dealers, manufacturers and others who attend the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo in Baltimore are invited to a reception and tour of the Impossible Dream, a 60-foot sailing catamaran designed by and for sailors with disabilities.

Several NMEA members have been donating products and expertise as part of a major electronics refitting project. The boat will be docked at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina. All conferees are welcome to attend the reception and cocktail hour on Oct. 1 from 3 to 5 p.m.

"I have now attended two amazing welcome receptions in Newport and New Hampshire aboard the Impossible Dream," NMEA president and executive director Mark Reedenauer said in a statement.

"The attention this vessel is drawing from local foundations that assist with disabilities to coverage from local news media is amazing. Seeing this boat sail with 10-plus people in wheelchairs, all being able to move freely and navigate, using the state-of-the-art electronics, is unreal. We sincerely thank the generosity from NMEA members."

The Impossible Dream is the center point of the Miami-based Shake-A-Leg campaign to engage the global community and inspire people with disabilities, wounded soldiers and disadvantaged youth to enjoy sailing.

The vessel is sailing the Northeast and has brought out hundreds of people with disabilities. She has made stops in New York, Newport, R.I., Martha's Vineyard, Mass., and New Hampshire. The Impossible Dream will tie up in Baltimore's Inner Harbor to welcome visitors to the NMEA conference and expo.

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