Quick Hits: September 14, 2020

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OneWater Marine Inc. has announced a public offering of over three million shares of its common stock, and will use the net proceeds to beef up its working capital, for business expansion and general corporate and administrative matters, the company said in a statement. The boat retailer also announced preliminary financial results for the quarter that ended on Aug. 31: OneWater has estimated a 20 percent revenue increase, with same-stores sales up 17 percent when compared to the same quarter last year, chiefly driven by an increase in new and used boat sales. 

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association’s 9th Annual Partnership Breakfast will be held this Friday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. The hybrid format will allow guests to attend in person following social distancing guidelines in Newport, R.I. or stream online. Live streamed speakers include Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Marine Retailers Association of the Americas president Matt Gruhn, and National Marine Manufacturers Association president Frank Hugelmeyer. Proceeds will benefit RIMTA’s political action committee. Click here to register or for more information.

Solo ocean rower Lia Ditton had logged nearly three months and 2,700 nautical miles at sea when she reached Oahu’s Waikiki Yacht Club in 86 days, 10 hours, five minutes and 56 seconds, smashing the women’s record of 100 days for rowing solo from San Francisco to Hawaii. A licensed captain and seasoned long-distance rower, Ditton faced unfavorable currents and winds and two capsizes in a journey she called “the greatest psychological challenge of my life,” in a statement. Ditton future plans include targeting a solo exhibition from Japan to San Francisco — 5,500 nautical miles — in spring 2021, hoping to complete a trip where 19 other adventurers’ attempts have come up short. 

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