|Executive Director’s Corner
It is with great pleasure that I welcome Bill Goggins as Sail America’s new president. As a member of Sail America’s Board of Directors and the outgoing VP of the Marketing Committee, Bill has already made an enormous contribution to Sail America. His positive attitude, his passion for sailing, and his world-class background in sales and marketing at Harken Yacht Equipment will be a terrific asset to Sail America.
|BILL GOGGINS TO BUILD UPON GREAT FOUNDATION AS SAIL AMERICA’S NEW PRESIDENT
Bill Goggins, commercial manager at Harken Yacht Equipment, has been elected Sail America’s new president. “To be asked to lead an organization like Sail America is an honor,” he said. “I plan to inject some of my own-communications-based style and high energy management into the leadership of this great organization."
|SAIL AMERICA HONORS DEPARTING PRESIDENT BILL BOLIN
Bill Bolin became president of Sail America in 2004, after serving as both the organization’s treasurer and VP-Boat Shows. As he leaves his post as Sail America’s president to remain on the board for two more years as past president, he shared his thoughts about his work with Sail America.
|SAIL AMERICA HONORS LONGEST-SERVING BOARD MEMBER AND PAST PRESIDENT JOHN PETERSON
Departing Sail America President Bill Bolin wanted to single out John Peterson, his predecessor, for special thanks “for his guidance and wisdom over the years.” Bolin noted an important fact: Since John Peterson first joined the board in January of 1997, he has served an 11-year term—longer than any other board member in the organization’s history.
|Strictly Sail Pacific to Return to Jack London Square
Sail America is pleased to announce the dates and location for the 2008 Strictly Sail Pacific Show. After nearly twelve months of researching a number of potential new show locations, Strictly Sail Pacific will be back at Jack London Square for 2008 from April 16-20.
|STRICTLY SAIL CHICAGO SPACE SALES ON UPSWING
Exhibitors continue to snap up space for the upcoming 13th Strictly Sail Chicago, the largest indoor sailboat show in the country. Held at Navy Pier from Jan. 31-Feb 3, 2008, Strictly Sail Chicago is adding several new attractions, including SAIL Magazine’s Innovation Station and US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Display.
|STRICTLY SAIL MIAMI SALES IMPROVE FOR “WORLD’S GREATEST BOAT SHOW”
The Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami will return for the 67th run from Feb. 14-18, 2008, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center and Miamarina at Bayside. More than 2,200 exhibitors from throughout the world will gather to display the latest powerboats, sailboats, engines and marine electronics and accessories for the 2008 boating season.
|SOUTHAM AWARDS ATTRACTS GREAT DIVERSITY OF ENTRIES
There have been more than 200 entries for the 14th Annual Southam Awards competition, which honors the work of journalists and authors who publish sailing editorial in the mainstream (non-marine) media.
|DISCOVER BOATING’S NEW 2008 MARKETING PLAN
The 2008 Discover Boating marketing plan will include an increase in media spending, a concentration on lead generation and most important to the sailing community--an increase in activity-oriented content.
|Performance Sailcraft Europe and Vanguard Sailboats to Become LaserPerformance
Performance Sailcraft Europe and Vanguard Sailboats (producers of well-known brands such as Sunfish & Laser) who joined forces in April 2007, will now come together under the name LaserPerformance.
|TECHNAUTICS, INC. WINS FREE SAIL AMERICA MEMBERSHIP
Technautics, Inc., President Randy Simpkins recently won a year’s free membership to Sail America during a drawing held Oct. 5 at the Annapolis General Members Meeting. Every paid application received by July 31, 2007, was entered into a random drawing for the free one-year membership.
|YACHT CHARTER COMPANY GOES GREEN
The sailing vacations brands The Moorings, Sunsail, and Footloose Sailing Charters are developing a new LEED-certified headquarters in Clearwater, Fla.
|SAIL AMERICA MEMBERS HARKEN AND WICHARD HONORED AT DAME AWARDS
Harken’s RigTune Pro and Wichard’s Gyb’Easy, were each honored with a Special Mention at the 2007 DAME Awards, which recognizes outstanding marine products, at the recent METS show in Amsterdam, Holland.
|NEW CARBON FIBER LEISURE FURL BOOM INTRODUCED
Forespar has introduced a carbon fiber version of their popular Leisure Furl in-boom mainsail furling and reefing system. This new boom offers all the same safety and performance benefits of the original Leisure Furl system with an extremely strong and lightweight carbon fiber boom housing.
North Sails is pleased to announce that Per Andersson, one of the most experienced and talented sail designers in the world, has joined the North Sails team.
Andrew Macaulay will join Bonnier Marine Group as Associate Publisher of Cruising World and Sailing World, where he will manage the sales effort for both marine and non-marine advertising.
Lewmar Marine USA announced that Jay Stockmann, former vice president of sales and marketing, has been promoted to executive vice president.
Isabelle Diefenbach was appointed regional manager responsible for advertising sales at SAIL, the Sailboat Buyers Guide and sailmagazine.com in the western region states, as well as in Texas.
John Morrison has joined Blue Water Sailing magazine and Cruising Compass as Regional Sales Manager for the Mid-Atlantic States.