|EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S CORNER: MAPPING A NEW COURSE FOR SAIL AMERICA
For the past several months I have been working closely with the Board of Directors to develop a new strategic direction for Sail America. Sail America's Executive Committee, consisting of Bill Bolin, John Peterson, George Day, Walt Brown, Bill Goggins, and John Burnham, met in early April to create a new strategy and value proposition for Sail America that will be sustainable, profitable, and exciting.
|GROWING SAILING WITH SUMMER SAILSTICE
Here's a challenge: with limited time and budgets, how do you decide which events to attend and support? How about one event that allows you to support participation of all sailors everywhere? Summer Sailstice is an opportunity for members of the sailing industry to gain recognition while cooperatively promoting participation through a global celebration of sail.
|STRICTLY SAIL PACIFIC SEES 15% INCREASE IN ATTENDANCE
Strictly Sail Pacific, the largest sailboat show on the West Coast, drew over 15,500 people through its show gates. This represents a 15% jump in attendance, compared to last year's gate, for this five-day sailboat show held annually from April 18-22 in Oakland, CA. Last year's show represented a 9% rise in attendance over the 2005 turnout.
|INTERNATIONAL SAILING SUMMIT CONVENED IN SPAIN
The International Sailing Summit meeting in Valencia, Spain in early May had a different emphasis from past meetings with registration by invitation only and limited to 40 leaders of the global sailing industry.
|RECORD TURNOUT FOR GENERAL MEMBERS MEETING IN OAKLAND, CA
Sail America's General Members Meeting was held on April 20 at Jack London Square, Oakland, CA during this year's Strictly Sail Pacific. A record number of members of the sailing industry gathered to learn more about the exciting new plans for Sail America and to hear the results of The Sailing Company's 2006 survey of North American sailboat production, sailboat imports, and bareboat charter activity.