Author: Patty Lawrence

Outdoor recreation is significant contributor to U.S. GDP

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable hosts Bureau of Economic Analysis at Progressive Miami International Boat Show 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM | General Government Relations On Friday, February 16, the NMMA  and its partners in the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable hosted the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) at the 2018 Progressive Miami International Boat Show. The BEA’s Tina Highfill, economist, and Lucas Hitt, congressional liaison, presented to a packed room of more than 40 media and outdoor industry executives and stakeholders on new data showing outdoor recreation makes up approximatley two percent of U.S. GDP, contributing $374 billion each year. Hitt noted that “two percent doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is a considerable amount–a very big number.” What’s more, outdoor recreation exceeds such industries as mining and agriculture, which combined, have a lower contribution than outdoor recreation. Hitt and Highfill added that there are approximately 4.8 million jobs associated with outdoor recreation. The data they presented are prototype estimates and will be revised with input from the outdoor recreation community. NMMA and its partners in ORR will be providing specific feedback and recommendations to BEA to update and revise the data to show more specific breakouts. Given the critical insights the data offer the outdoor industry, NMMA and ORR will be working with Congress and the Administration to help secure funding for the ORSA account, ensuring it’s conducted on an annual basis. NMMA’s...

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Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show 2018 Innovation Award Winners Announced

2/16/2018 12:00:00 AM | General NMMA News The NMMA and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored today winners of the 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, recognizing exceptionally groundbreaking new consumer marine products. The Awards were presented during the boat show’s annual Innovation Breakfast, held at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Virginia Key. This year’s program evaluated 62 products across 19 categories featuring an outstanding pool of entries. The judges ultimately selected 17 winners and two honorable mentions in 16 categories for a total of 19 honorees. The 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award winners are: Cabin Cruisers:350 Realm, Boston Whaler, Inc. Center Console/ Walkaround Fishing Boats: DC 365, Pursuit Boats Consumer Safety Equipment (Dual Winners):Search and Rescue Yellow TD2401, Throw Raft; CrewWatcher MOB Alert, Weems & Plath Cuddy Cabin and Bowrider Boats:Sport 38 LS, Tiara Yachts Deck Equipment:Outboard Swivel Rigging Hose Connector Kit, Hardin Marine Docking and Fendering Equipment:Blue Isles Solar Docks, PowerDocks LLC Electric Motor/ Battery Powered Propulsion/ Hybrids: PropEle Electric Boat Motors Inc. EP Carry, Annapolis Hybrid Marine Environmental Award:PlasDeck Eco Series, Plasteak, Inc. Inboard Engines: 3JH40 Common Rail Inboard Diesel Engine, Yanmar Marine International B.V. Outboard Engines:3.4L V6 Outboard, Mercury Marine Personal Gear, Soft Goods: Super Watch Jacket, Grundens USA Personal Watercraft:Sea-Doo GTX Limited Watercraft, BRP U.S., Inc. Propulsion Equipment & Parts: BOW-Proportional, Vetus Maxwell, Inc. Honorable Mention: SurfPointe, Yamaha WaterCraft Group Company Sailboats:Walk-Around Deck 490, Jeanneau America Honorable Mention: 50,...

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North Sails Claims SAIL Pittman Innovation Award 

North Sails 3Di NORDAC is already recognized as game changing cruising technology and has claimed yet another coveted prize. The revolutionary polyester sail, designed for small to medium sized cruising boats, was yesterday announced as a winner of SAIL Magazine’s renowned Pittman Innovation Awards. Since 3Di NORDAC was launched in June 2017, the sail has seen unparalleled success with cruisers and industry experts, claiming awards and stellar sales in a short space of time, with more than 1600 orders placed since being introduced. The SAIL judges recognized that 3Di NORDAC offers the wider sailing community the unique 3Di technology developed on the race course: “With its new 3Di NORDAC sails, North has combined the great cost-effectiveness and durability of traditional sails with the 3Di process by building them entirely in polyester, with polyester filaments set in polyester resin in the 3Di structural tape,” said SAIL editor Charles J. Doane. “The result is an affordable all-polyester sail that is lighter, less stretchy, more durable and more mildew-resistant than traditional woven polyester sails – a win-win for cruising sailors everywhere.”   Commenting on the award victory, North Sails CEO Dan Neri added, “In 2015 we saw a real opportunity to create product differentiation in the cruising market and we felt confident we had developed something special with 3Di NORDAC. We are pleased by the response from the cruising community.” 3Di NORDAC...

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National Hall of Fame 2017 End of Year Update

  HALL OF FAME INDUCTION Public nominations were open all year with a March 30 cutoff. 90 nominations were made. Lifetime Achievement Awards and Class of 2017 were chosen. 2017 Induction held at New York Yacht Club, Harbour Court on September 23 & 24. Event live streamed to including gatherings at Geneva Yacht Club and Larchmont Yacht 
Club. 2018 Induction to be held at Lauderdale Yacht Club on November 10 & 11. STEM SAILING: LEARNING MATH & SCIENCE THROUGH SAILING ·       Navigation and Science of Sailing curricula have been posted for free use by educators across the country. Teacher...

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American Sailing Association Reaches 150,000 Facebook “Followers”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE American Sailing Association Reaches 150,000 Facebook Followers LOS ANGELES – December 6, 2017 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, is proud to announce that it attained a significant digital milestone in November: 150,000 “Facebook followers”. Since the end of 2015, ASA has tripled its Facebook fan base by posting subject material that makes a direct connection with its followers’ interests. With 150,000 “page likes”, ASA is now one of the top three sailing-related pages on all of Facebook in terms of followers. “Although we are of the opinion that nothing beats being on the water, the American Sailing Association Facebook page allows people to stay connected to the sailing lifestyle between their sailing adventures,” said Cindy Shabes, ASA’s president. “We attribute our huge Facebook success over the last year to a steady stream of engaging content that allows our core demographic to engage emotionally with our brand and helps them learn more about sailing.” A leader in sailing instruction, much of ASA’s content is educational. Besides publishing its highly praised series of sailing textbooks, it produces both in-depth and short videos on a range of sailing topics. It also creates quizzes that challenge its audience to increase their sailing knowledge. Although all of this content is published on www.asa.com, promoting it on Facebook gives people an opportunity to share and engage with...

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New Sail Areas Elevate 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show

The five biggest days in boating return to Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin over President’s Day weekend with the return of the Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show®, February 15-19. Creating the ultimate destination for boating enthusiasts from around the globe, sail will join power in one location, as the Progressive® Insurance Strictly Sail Miami® moves to Miami Marine Stadium, creating one of the most comprehensive boat exhibitions in the world on Virginia Key. In addition, a new VIP area will welcome visitors with new luxuries to elevate their show experience. Questions about exhibiting, sponsorship opportunities and general show information can be directed to the show team, found at MiamiBoatShow.com. Here’s a complete rundown of 2018 Miami Boat Show highlights and enhancements to date: Sailor’s Paradise – Strictly Sail Miami® Drops Anchor at Miami Marine Stadium Strictly Sail Miami joins the Miami International Boat Show at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, creating one comprehensive boating event. More than 50 sailboats—catamarans and monohulls—will be in-water exclusively on Pier 9. The world’s premiere sailing exhibitors will showcase sailing gear and accessories in Sailor’s Cove, located inside Tents F and J. Sailor’s Cove will also feature daily educational seminars, presented by the top sailors in the industry, plus meet-and-greets with well-known sailing...

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RS Venture Connect Para Sailing Electronics wins Overall DAME Award

The DAME Awards winners have been announced at METS 2017 trade show with the RS Venture Connect para sailing electronics pack taking the top OVERALL title. Working in conjunction with Scanstrut and electronics expert para sailor Tom Harper, RS Sailing’s technical team have developed the equipment to provide simple installation, beautifully responsive electric ram steering via either joystick or sip/puff controls and with electronic mainsheet control a further option.   “This has been a complex and time-consuming project” says Jim Hood (aka Junior) of RS sailing’s technical team. “The award feels good; it recognises the hard miles and technical...

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Offshore Sailing School Announces New Location at the Westin Cape Corral Resort

Fort Myers, Fla Offshore Sailing School President and CEO Doris Colgate announced today that Offshore Sailing School is expanding their presence in Southwest Florida/Lee County to include The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village and Tarpon Point Marina. “As Offshore Sailing School celebrates our 54th year, we are pleased to add another beautiful resort location in Southwest Florida,” Colgate said. “Our students will have another destination to explore at this wonderful resort featuring several dining and entertainment venues, shopping, watersports, tennis, spa and salon, bicycling, 24-hour fitness facility, complimentary water taxi to Ft. Myers Beach, and many more...

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