Executive Director’s corner: A Closer Look at Sail America’s future direction
There’s no question about it, we are facing the toughest market
conditions that our industry has ever experienced. As the economy stalls,
credit markets tighten, and consumer confidence wanes, we are all very
anxious about what the future holds.
NMMA Offers Recommendations to Congress and the Treasury on Tax Relief and Economic Stimulus
In letters to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulsen, House and Senate leadership and appropriate House and Senate committees, NMMA provided recommendations on how to help small and medium sized businesses in the marine industry weather the economic storm.
Sail America’s General Members Meeting Draws Strong Crowd
The Sail America General Members Meeting held on Friday, Oct. 10 in
Annapolis focused on Sail America’s new direction and how industry members
can navigate an economy that’s no longer just “business as usual.”
39th United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis Proves Better Than Anticipated
The U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis ran Oct. 9-13 against a gloomy
backdrop of stock market plunges, tightened credit and a bleak real
estate downturn, yet for some exhibitors, sales were better than
St. Petersburg Boat Show and Strictly Sail Sail Feature New Displays and an Exciting Seminar Program
The St. Petersburg Boat Show & Strictly Sail™, the
Gulf Coast’s new super show running from Dec. 4-7, features
displays and debuts from several of the industry’s most-respected
names, including Hunter Marine, Catalina Yachts,
Island Packet, Beneteau, Jeanneau America, to name just
Special Deals for Exhibitors at Strictly Sail Miami and Strictly Sail Chicago
Special deals and discounts on parking, show food and hotels are
offered to exhibitors for Strictly Sail Chicago, running from Jan.
29-Feb. 1, 2009 at Navy Pier and Strictly Sail Miami, running from
Feb. 12-16, 2009 at Bayside’s Miamarina. Twenty percent discounts
on food at both shows and free parking at Strictly Sail Chicago are
now available to every exhibitor.
Strictly Sail Pacific to Return to Jack London Square in 2009
Strictly Sail Pacific will return to Oakland’s Jack London
Square from Wednesday, April 15 to Sunday, April 19, 2009. Strictly
Sail Pacific is the largest sail-only boat show on the West Coast,
and is expected to attract up to 15,000 sailing enthusiasts and over
Grandparents and Grand Kids sailing together in the BVI
What do grandparents want? Time with their grandkids. With that
in mind, a new company featuring flotilla style sailing trips for
grandparents and grand kids has been started. Grands Adventure is
designed to offer grandparents an easy way to take their grand children
sailing on a safe and exciting island vacation.
Sail America Members Offered Free Subscriptions to Mad Mariner
Mad Mariner, the online daily boating magazine and web-based resource
for boaters, is offering as a professional courtesy, free one-year
subscriptions to members of Sail America. You’ll receive a
new feature story every day, including marine news, blogs, forums,
boat reviews, video podcasts and more. To obtain your subscription,
just click on this link: http://www.madmariner.com/sail_america.
Membership Benefit Focus: Enjoy Great Business Savings with Exclusive Members - Only Services
There is strength in numbers, and as part of Sail America and NMMA,
which collectively represent over 2,000 members, you have access to
cost-saving affinity programs that would not be available to you individually.
Please see the enclosed information and registration forms to get involved
and start saving today!
Bill Goggins Recognized with SAIL Industry Leadership Award and Named CEO of Harken USA
Bill Goggins, of Harken Yacht Equipment, was awarded the SAIL Industry
Leadership Award on October 10, 2008, during a ceremony at the Annapolis
Sailboat Show. “Tough times bring out team players,” said
publisher Josh Adams. “SAIL is honored to recognize
Bill Goggins, an individual whose personal commitment to our industry
has gone above and beyond.”
The Best in Boats: Cruising World and Sailing World Announce Nominees for ‘09 BOTY Awards
For the past quarter-century, the sailboat industry has recognized
the best in sailboat building through Sailing World and Cruising
World’s annual Boat of the Year awards. At the recent
United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, the ‘09 BOTY awards
took center stage as the two magazines announced the latest nominees.