GARY JOBSON ELECTED PRESIDENT OF US SAILING
Well known and highly-decorated sailor Gary Jobson was recently elected president of US SAILING by the association’s board of directors to serve a one-year term, with a maximum of three consecutive terms.
Jobson’s goal is “to create opportunities for more people to sail and encourage participation, especially among youth,” he said during his acceptance speech. “We want to make sailing safe, easy and fair. We’ll work to make sailing available to everyone.”
In addition, Jobson plans to elevate US SAILING’s National Championships and to increase visibility for the sport, as well as creating value for the association’s membership.
“We want people and organizations to become members of US SAILING because we provide a great service for sailors, and we want to inspire others to get involved with the sport,” he said.
A video of the acceptance speech may be viewed at: http://tinyurl.com/GJ-10-25-09
NORTH SAILS FEATURED ON THE SCIENCE CHANNEL’S ‘HOW IT’S MADE’
North Sails’ 3DL™ manufacturing facility, located in Minden, Nevada, was featured on The Science Channel’s TV program, How It’s Made on October 30. The four minute, 40-second segment on how the world’s largest sailmaker manufactures and finishes three-dimensionally laminated (better known as 3DL) sails, takes viewers inside North’s state-of-the-art 110,000 square foot facility that employs over 100 people and produces sails for thousands of boats worldwide each year. Look for the ‘How It’s Made’ segment on North’s Web site in the coming weeks: http://na.northsails.com
COLGATES DEBUT NEW OFFSHORE SAILING SCHOOL WEBSITE, PLAN 2010 FLOTILLAS
Recent news from the Offshore Sailing School includes the launch of the company’s brand new website. Check out the changes at www.offshoresailing.com.
In addition, founder and chairman Steve Colgate and wife Doris are currently underway in planning a two-leg flotilla for May 2010 for graduates and past instructors. The flotilla course includes travel from St. Lucia to Grenada and back, and is part of the company’s 46-year celebration, and the couple’s 40th anniversary.
“We were the first U.S. company to initiate flotilla cruises in 1972,” said Steve Colgate. “Doris and I have been the leaders on 60-70 flotilla cruises all over the world. This one will be great fun and we hope past grads will join us aboard five Moorings 51.5 monohull cruising sailboats, if only for old times sake. If you are not yet a grad, there's plenty of time to take a course before we set sail.”
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SAIL MAGAZINE NAMES INDUSTRY LEADER AWARD WINNER, PLUS APPOINTS NEW NATIONAL ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR
Ed Massey, founder and president of Massey Yacht Sales & Services recently received the highly coveted Industry Leadership Award presented by SAIL magazine during the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis. This is the first time in its history that the annual award has been given to a dealer.
“Ed is a forward-thinking sailboat dealer and trusted advisor in the sailing industry,” said Josh Adams, SAIL publisher. “He’s someone boat manufacturers, dealers and others in our business look to for guidance.”
Massey is the largest Hunter sailboat dealer in the world and also represents Catalina Yachts and Island Packet Yachts, with dealer locations in Palmetto, St. Petersburg and Stuart, Florida. He is an active contributor to the sailing industry, having served on the Sail America board of directors and helping to found the Strictly Sail St. Petersburg boat show (now combined into the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show).
“I cannot think of a better dealer example during these times than Ed Massey and what he has done in the western Florida market for his business and the industry, throughout his career,” added Hunter Vice President John Peterson, whose company recently bestowed top dealer honors for the second consecutive year to Massey. “Ed’s work ethic and enthusiasm is contagious. He truly deserves this recognition.”
In other news announcements from SAIL, Sean O’Leary has recently been named national advertising sales director for the magazine, replacing Gregg Boersma who is pursuing new opportunities.
According to Josh Adams, SAIL publisher, O’Leary joins the team with 10 years of advertising sales experience including previous work with other marine titles including two of his own, Center Console Angler and Boat Digest.
In his new role with both SAIL and Power & MotorYacht (PMY), O’Leary is charged with strengthening the position of both publications. His hire marks a significant operational change on how the company manages its advertising sales business.
O’Leary will be based in New York and will be focused primarily on PMY’s endemic business, but will also manage the SAIL magazine crossover accounts that reach and target both sail and power markets, as well as the non-endemic community. Adams will have management responsibility for all direct sailing accounts, working in collaboration with his team of advertising representatives.
BOAT OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED BY CRUISING WORLD, SAILING WORLD
Contenders for the prestigious ‘Boat of the Year’ awards were recently announced to the industry during the U.S. Sailboat Show by the staff of Cruising World and Sailing World magazine.
Designed to recognize and honor the best new sailboat models introduced to the North American market each year, this year’s nominations include a variety of hotly contested categories. Models were examined by special nominating panels including the magazine’s editors and select members of the judging panels.
This year’s nominees include:
Sailing World: 15 performance oriented models including Beneteau First 40, Corsair Dash 750, CW Hood 32, Eko 6.5, J Boats J/95 and J/97, K650, The Landing School 30, M65, Morris M29, Sensei 9M, Summit 35, Rustler 24, Topaz Race X and Weta 4.4m.
Cruising World’s nominations included 20 boats in five categories. The Weekender includes the Corsair Dash 750, J/95, Morris M29 and Sensei 9M.
Midsize Cruiser Less Than 40 Feet includes Jeanneau Sun Odyessy 33i; Island Packet Estero; Hunter 39 and J/97. Full Size Cruiser 40 to 50 Feet includes Hunter 50CC; Beneteau First 40; Catalina 445; Premium Cruiser 50 Feet and Over includes Morris M52, Tayana Annpolis 64; Passport Vista 65; Oyster 655; and Jeanneau 57. And, Multihull Cruiser includes Sunsail 384; Leopard 38; Fountaine Pajot Lipari 41; Lagoon 400.
Winners will be announced in the January issue of Cruising World and the January/February issue of Sailing World.
SAIL MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES ITS BEST BOATS FLEET FOR 2010
SAIL Magazine announced its 2010 Best Boats nominees—the newest fleet of sailboats being introduced into the U.S. market—in the September Best Boats preview issue and on sailmagazine.com. SAIL's annual Best Boats awards recognize Innovation and Excellence in sailboat design and construction, as selected by SAIL's panel of sailboat experts.
SAIL kicked off its 2010 Best Boats program at the Newport International Boat Show, where the Best Boats team began their evaluation of this latest fleet of new boats. The team, led by SAIL editor-in-chief Peter Nielsen, continued its selection of the Best Boats of 2010 at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, sailing and examining Best Boats nominees that include new models from Jeanneau, Morris, Hanse, Catalina, Hunter, Passport and Island Packet. Expanded coverage will also be available via sailmagazine.com, including video footage and photos of the Best Boats fleet.
SAIL's Best Boats judging panel—editor-in-chief Peter Nielsen, senior editor David Schmidt, editor-at-large Charles Doane, systems expert/contributor Nigel Calder, and contributor Tom Dove—have extensive cruising and racing miles under their belts and, between them, have sailed thousands of boats.
The 2010 Best Boats acknowledge winners in eight categories—Flagship (>50'); Cruising Monohull; Cruising Multihull; Performance Boat; Small Boat (<25'); Accommodations; Systems, and Deck and Cockpit Design. SAIL's Best Boats winners will be announced in the December issue and on sailmagazine.com.
SAIL's Best Boats program is sponsored by Raymarine.
SOUTHERN BOATING ADDS THREE NEW SALES REPS IN PREPARATION FOR POST-RECESSION RECOVERY
While magazines in virtually every industry including marine are actively laying off advertising staff, Southern Boating and Marine Business Journal Publisher Skip Allen Jr. has announced the appointment of three new sales representatives to the magazine’s advertising staff.
“We see this as a prime opportunity to strengthen our sales force and ramp up our efforts in preparation for the forthcoming economic recovery,” said Allen. “Our new sales force represents a change in strategic direction for Southern Boating as we will now make it easier for geographically diverse manufacturers to reach our highly affluent target market as we seek to build stronger relationships and help them achieve their sales and marketing goals.”
Allen noted that the 14 states of the mid-Atlantic and southern tier of the U.S., coupled with the Bahamas and Caribbean, account for the bulk of the magazine’s circulation. These areas, he believes, are most likely to see the quickest recovery from the recession and offer the greatest growth potential for the marine industry.
Carl Mischka joins Southern Boating after an impressive advertising career of 39 years having represented numerous marine and non-marine titles. He is an avid sailor who has logged more than 18,000 blue water miles including three seasons on the Mexican Riviera and an extensive one-year expedition, the majority of which were doubled-handed on his 48’ sailboat.
Bryce Muir comes aboard after a career in IT, most recently with Scientific Games where he served as senior project manager responsible for building statewide infrastructures for a variety of state lotteries. Muir’s first love has always been boating. He grew up sailing along the coast of Maine aboard a 40’ wooden yawl and earned his captain’s license prior to serving as a charter boat captain for five seasons in the Caribbean and Bahamas. He has refitted yachts for the charter trade and rebuilt a 32’ sport fisher. Muir is a highly experienced racer with numerous global programs under his keel including Bermuda races, Fastnet, Sardinia Cup, two Transpacs and several Armadillo Cups, among others. He lives with his family in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Lou Fagas has worked in marine advertising sales since 1988, having served previously as a top sales producer for Power & Motor Yacht magazine before opening the U.S. sales office for Boat International in 2005. He is based in Ft. Lauderdale and is exceptionally well suited to further develop and enhance new revenue streams for Southern Boating. He, too, is an avid boater whose hands-on experience runs the full gamut, from windsurfers, to water ski boats, to megayachts. Fagas is a member of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association.
Now in its 38th year of publishing, Southern Boating has been reflecting the interests of the boating public south of the Mason-Dixon line since 1972 and has the largest targeted circulation of affluent sailors and powerboaters from Chesapeake Bay to the Mexican border and throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean Sea. Its sister publication now in its 22nd year, Marine Business Journal (MBJ) is a leading quarterly magazine geared exclusively to the trade and covers all aspects of the marine industry, from retail to manufacturing, marketing and marina operations.