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Quick Hits: June 2, 2020

The 52nd Newport Bermuda Race will be sailed — virtually and free of charge — via a partnership with nonprofit SailOnline. Competitors will choose their division and then take the helm of a sponsor boat from Dehler, Jeanneau, X-Yachts and Italia. SailOnline’s software bases boat speed on a number of factors, with weather updates from real NOAA forecasts four times a day, wind direction and wind speed shifts on varying sections of the course and more, according to a press release. Click here for more information and to register to race. 

SmartPlug has hired Roger Dillion to fill a newly created marketing coordinator position. In his new role, Dillion will oversee the company’s marketing and creative efforts, and will seek to develop programs to augment customer experience for the boat, RV and specialty markets that the Seattle, Wash.-based company services. "I'm excited about this new opportunity with SmartPlug and being part of the team that's pioneering the change to a safer, more secure and easier-to-use shore power system,” Dillon said in a statement.

HCB Center Console Yachts have entered into an agreement for office space and boat slips at Miami Beach Marina, in a deal overseen by commercial real estate brokers SVN. The marina — part of the Suntex Marina network — is within walking distance of the city’s Art Deco and South Beach districts. “Our focus on the customer experience will remain a central component of our business for years to come,” said HCB CEO Elias De La Torre III in a statement. “As such, we understand the need to have physical locations in key markets to raise awareness of our brand and make the buying and service process as seamless, simple as possible, and more intimate.” 


A High Priority

As invasive Asian carp continue working their way toward the Great Lakes, the governors of several states in the region appeal to Congress to push for funding that would stop that spread.

DEALERS: How Are You Finding and Keeping Staff?

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Suntex Acquires Lynn Creek Marina

The Grand Prairie, Texas, facility is the latest addition to Suntex’s U.S. marina holdings.

C.G. Foundation Offers 2022 Scholarships

Applications for the program, open to college-age children of Coast Guard personnel, will be accepted starting Feb. 1.

ABYC Foundation Launches Accreditation Program

High schools and post-secondary schools that teach marine service can apply for ABYC’s “gold seal approval” and help shape the next-generation workforce.

U.S. Economy Showed Significant Growth in Q4

Gross domestic product grew at pace of 6.9 percent, but omicron and supply shortages may stymie Q1 2022 numbers.

Q&A with Çağın Genç

Sirena Marine CEO Çağin Genç takes our questions.