Sail America to offer individual memberships


Sail America plans to outline a new individual membership category at the upcoming members meeting Oct. 9 in Annapolis, Md.

The plan, announced by executive director Jonathan Banks in a recent edition of Sail America News, is to launch the new individual membership category to encourage an active relationship between the industry, the sailing consumer and the sailing community, including yacht clubs, community sailing centers, sailing schools, and allied sailing or boating organizations.

"We believe this broader membership direction will allow us to create a closer relationship between end users of sailing products and services, and the industry that serves this audience," Banks said.

"The addition of an individual membership category will help promote the sailing lifestyle and further build upon the community of passionate sailors," he added. "We believe there will be substantial short- and long-range benefits to both our industry members and consumers."


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