Two boat shows on tap in Southern California

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Southern Californians can enjoy a diverse selection of powerboats, sailboats, yachts, personal watercraft, trailers, engines and marine accessories at two boat shows this month.

MarinaFest, a celebration of the boating lifestyle, will be held this weekend in Marina del Rey. The festival will include powerboats, sailboats, yachts and accessories; free sailboat rides and sailing lessons; and a free stand-up paddle-boarding clinic.

As a special feature, Zac Sunderland, the youngest person to sail around the world, will attend, along with his sister Abby, the author of "Unsinkable," the story of her attempt to sail solo around the globe.

MarinaFest is produced by the Southern California Marine Association and presented by the Auto Club of Southern California, the marine association's official watercraft insurance provider.

The second show, the inaugural Orange County Boat Show and Sportfishing Festival will be held May 21-22 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

Presented by the marine association and Pacific Coast Sportfishing Magazine, the show will feature boats and accessories for every budget and lifestyle.

"The synergy of these combined efforts will deliver a recreational boating and sportfishing show unlike any other," SCMA executive director Dave Geoffrey said in a statement.


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