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Quick Hits: February 22, 2021

The National Sailing Hall of Fame announced that the deadline for making a nomination to this year’s class is Feb. 28. Inductees will be announced at the end of June, with a ceremony for the 2020 and 2021 classes tentatively planned for October. “We encourage everyone who shares a passion for the sport of sailing to take part in the nomination process,” committee chair Sally Helme said in a statement. “Any nominated sailor who meets the criteria, regardless of gender, race, religion, disability or professional vs. Corinthian status, will be a welcome addition to this year’s considerations.” Click here to make a nomination.

After recently announcing the relocation of its manufacturing facility, Hacker-Craft added Tome's Landing Marina on the Susquehanna River in Port Deposit, Md., as a dealer. “Our affiliation with [Tome’s Landing] will enhance our brand’s visibility in the important Chesapeake Bay area,” Hacker Boat Co. CEO George Badcock said in a statement. “We expect our dealer network to continue to grow, especially as we can now provide floorplan financing.”

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