Category: Regional News

International Multihull Boat Show in La Grande Motte, France Hosts 60 Boats

Organizers said about 60 multihulls at the show were in an area given over to in-water displays. Organizers said more than 14,000 people attended the eighth edition of the International Multihull Boat Show in La Grande Motte, France, in April, and 60 percent of the attendees came from abroad. Windy weather for the first few days of the April 19-23 event gave way to sunshine, organizers said. Organizers said about 60 multihulls were in an area given over to in-water displays, with additional floating pontoons set up; the quantity of boats and wide range of those on display offered the visitors a huge choice. The presence in the exhibitors’ village of designers and naval architects in their own area enabled visitors to discover multihulls, which organizers said are increasingly spacious, comfortable and able to perform better. Organizers said others involved in the sector — charter firms, chandleries, sailmakers, electronics firms, equipment makers and financial service providers — also turned out in force at the show. The show will return April 18-22 next year.

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Youth Sailing Foundation Proposes Sailing Center in Vero Beach

VERO BEACH — The Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County has presented a plan to build a community sailing center on the vacant land on the Vero Beach Electric Power Plant property adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon. The plans were presented at the Special Call City Council meeting on April 17. The sailing center would include the construction of a 10,000-square-foot, two-story building, installation of floating docks, ramps and parking to facilitate public access to the lagoon for small watercraft including sailboats, kayaks and paddleboards. The plan contemplates housing operations for youth sailing, adult sailing, sailboat rental and kayak...

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Sailing, Inc Partners with Quantum in Charleston, SC

Sailing, Inc, is proud announce a new addition to our team! Sailing, Inc is building upon our partnership with Quantum Sails and opening a new sail loft and marine retail & service shop in Charleston, SC. We have hired Bill Wiggins to manage this facility and are excited to continue to help grow performance and recreational sailing in the Southeast. This third location will feature many of the same amenities and services you’ve come to expect from our locations in Ohio, featuring new sails & service, rigging, retail and more. You can reach Bill, bwiggins (at) or bill.wiggins (at) Please help us offer Bill a warm...

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Pacific Show Opens with a Bang

By John Tressler The newly named Pacific Sail and Powerboat Show in Richmond Ca. was a wild ride this year. Opening day Thursday crescendoed with winds at 50MPH and gusts to 70MPH on the docks. It was all hands on deck to try and keep boats from banging and docks from ripping apart. By morning there was some carnage but it was an act of God that only insurance actuaries can sort out. After tying things back together the show went on as normal and rest of the week was steady with attendees. Seminars were well attended. The docks were busy, boats were sold and the exhibit hall was lively. ​At the Friday evening Latitude 38 party co-hosted by Modern Sailing, Bainbridge and Twin Rivers Insurance three kegs and several cases of wine were jovially consumed. While the band played the crowd was cordial and congratulatory as they toasted the new publisher John Arndt and said bon voyage to Andy Turpin, Latitude’s long time overseer of the editorial department. ​ The party was well attended by exhibitors, show attendees and sailors of all persuasions including many circumnavigators. “What this show and the sailing industry needs​ ​ is more of this kind if interaction” said one attendee who recalled the Annapolis heydays. Reports from around the show ranged from “it was slow” to “we had a great show” and the...

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Community Rallies to Save Piers Park Sailing Center

March 17, 2017 By Times Staff By John Lynds Since 1997, the Piers Park Sailing Center (PPSC) has provided free sailing for inner city children living in East Boston who otherwise would never get the chance to acquire the invaluable skill that not only teachers the science of sailing but unmeasurable life lessons. However, according to several sources, at the end of the sailing season last fall PPSC was forced to layoff its year-round employees because there was no money left to keep the program going. Now, there is talk in the community that unless a miracle happens, PPSC...

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University of Toledo Sailing Team Fundraiser

  Hello fellow sailors, family, friends, and supporters; My name is Delaney Imbler and I am the Fleet Captain for the University of Toledo Sailing team. My team and I are in the process of raising money in order to fix up our current fleet of FJ’s, perhaps add another boat, and we are also trying to get a coach boat to make our practices more beneficial and safer. Also, new this year, we are purchasing an insurance policy for us on or off the water, on our boat or yours. This is an awesome policy with many benefits however it will cost us $2,000 a year. With this fundraiser, and more in the future, we plan on budgeting the money so the insurance gets paid every year to keep the team afloat. Some may recognize my name; for I grew up at Mentor Harbor Yacht Club, went through their sailing camp, sailed for the race team, and currently coach our Opti Race Team. However, I am not the only one on the team that grew up competing in the ILYA. Past Fleet Captain Drew Blackburn sailed for Sandusky Sailing Club, Past Commodore Luke Gossman and Colin Mackay sailed and coached for North Cape Yacht Club, and Abby Waite sailed for Port Clinton. We hope to get more sailors coming out of the ILYA to attend the University of...

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New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick Donates Boat to Sail Newport

NEWPORT, RI (January 20, 2017) – Sail Newport is pleased to announce that New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick has donated his powerboat to the community sailing center. The non-profit public Sailing Center, located in Newport RI, will use the 24′ Grady White vessel “V Rings” in its youth and adult sailing programs, regattas and sailing events on Narragansett Bay. “We are thrilled and grateful to Coach Belichick for donating his boat for use in our public sailing programs. The boat will be used as a support and safety vessel for all of our instructional programs and regattas including the May 7-20, 2018 North American Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race,” says Brad Read, executive Director of Sail Newport. The boat donation was facilitated by Albury Brothers Boats and will be delivered mid-February to Sail Newport. Sail Newport is a non-profit educational organization with a mission to foster the sport of sailing and to attract and manage sailing events in Newport, RI. In its 34th year of operation, Sail Newport is a thriving organization with tens of thousands of regatta entrants, adult students, youth sailors, and sailboat renters visiting its facility in Fort Adams State Park in Newport Harbor each year. The organization also offers their nationally-recognized Youth Sailing Program for young sailors starting at age 5. Sail Newport also hosts many local, national and world sailing championships....

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Annapolis Boat Shows Announces the 2017 Power and Sailboat Show Schedule

The Bay Bridge Boat Show, which features more than 300 boats as large as 75 feet, is a spring in-water powerboat show that will be held April 21-23 in Stevensville, Md., at the Bay Bridge Marina. The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, which organizers said is seeing year-over-year growth in exhibitor space, consumer attendance and boats on display, will be held April 28-30. The 48th United States Sailboat Show, which organizers said is the one sailboat show in the world in which virtually every major sailboat manufacturer is represented, will be held Oct. 5-9. The 46th United States Powerboat Show...

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Two $1M gifts Launch Burlington Sailing Center

The tossing of ceremonial anchors on Tuesday made it official: A new home for the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center on Burlington’s waterfront is underway. A pair of $1 million gifts to the nonprofit, announced at the groundbreaking, ensures that the facility will open as scheduled this summer, officials said. Local philanthropist Tony Pomerleau delivered a dinghy-sized replica check. So did family and friends of the late Raymond P. Sullivan, an avid sailor and advocate for greater accessibility to water sports, who died in May 2015. The sailing center opened 22 years ago. Its makeshift headquarters in and around...

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