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Innovative Promotions

Stuck in a rut with the same old promotion?  Here are ideas to shake things up and get noticed. ASA’s Go Sailing app connects crew and skippers J/24 Class began a boat grant to attract young adults sailing Atlantic Cruising Yachts presents in-booth seminars at boat shows. Larsen Marine hosts an Open House April 8th. Foiling Opti Cruising Yachts hosted an Open House & Demo Cruise in Marina del Rey in March America’s Cup has a Ladies’ Day in May Veterans learn to sail in St Pete Open Bic’s Unregattas emphasize fun above racing. SeaKeepers make a scavenger hunt...

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Pam Wall on Sailing

You have been involved with the sailing industry for over 20 years.  What changes have your experienced since you began? I have been involved with the sailing industry over 40 years! The greatest change I have seen in the industry is electronic navigation and communication. What is the number one issue the consumer faces in 2016? The number one issue the consumer faces is rising prices in marine stores, marinas, and services for yachts. How have you experienced getting new sailors into boats and on the water? My experience in getting new sailors into boats and on the water...

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BayBridge & Annapolis Spring Strong

By Paul Jacobs   Boats ranging from inflatables to center consoles powered by 4 outboards to blue water cruising yachts, the Bay Bridge Boat Show has every boat category imaginable.  Boats of every size, shape, and purpose are on display along with tents filled with nautical boat products.  We have seminars each day, fly casting lessons, a kids area with moon bounce, food and beverage court, and a complimentary Bar-B-Que on Friday evening.  The show is produced in a beautiful facility on the Eastern Shore and proves to be great fun for the whole family each spring.  Rockfish season...

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Sailing Vintage FJ’s

Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association is unique as all the school teams are considered clubs and most are student led.  That means they receive little or no money from the universities so they scrape together funds  for a coach,  insurance, boat repairs, and gas to get to regattas.  It takes passionate, dedicated sailors to pull this off. The University of Toledo team exemplifies both the financial model and the resolve to having sailing at the collegiate level.  They are looking to repair their 1970’s vintage FJ’s for practice boats, find a used 420 for regattas and maybe even  find a...

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Support Local Sailing

There are two ways to participate with problems.  1. Be part of the problem.  2. Be part of the solution.  Building sailing is simple; if you want sailing to grow, act locally. A quick google search of Chicago sailing reveals that that Chicago has: Six sail lofts Ten dealers Seventeen sailing/yacht clubs Eleven places to learn to sail At least two racing associations beyond the club racing Additionally: Over 150 clubs are located within a few hundred miles of downtown Chicago Many sailing schools and community sailing programs just outside of Chicago. A third of the companies that participate...

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New Partner Growings Sailing

I thought I’d kick off this week with some topic that would spark a sailing spirited discussion but then I realized that the election has left me fatigued of animated language. So instead, I’ll share agreeable good news. My home lake is nestled in Cowan State Park in southwestern Ohio. The lake small and beautiful, and on good days, the pair of nesting eagles fish while we race. A robust public education program led by two park naturalists includes a kayaking, canoeing and SUP’s and this summer it was expanded to include sailing on Hobie kayaks. The pilot program...

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Sailbuzz for Sailors’ News

Sailing needs its own forum for news, ideas, products and services. Simple as that. As a group we are stronger when we all sail to the same mark. Like a regatta, we can be fierce competitors on the race course but when the racing is over we meet as friends to evaluate the day’s events and make plans for a better tomorrow. Sailbuzz is much the same. While we may compete in some areas, ultimately we better when are informed, share ideas that work and think strategically about the future. Sailbuzz is our virtual gathering place and the forum for...

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