West Marine Blue FuturesWest Marine, the world’s largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has released its BlueFuture® 2012 Sustainability Report.  BlueFuture® encompasses West Marine’s company-wide efforts focusing on sustainability, including improving and protecting the marine environments, reducing the company’s carbon footprint and encouraging people to enjoy being out on the water. From  Pure Oceans, the company’s private label brand of “green” boating products, to giving millions of dollars in grants over the years to marine-based non-profits — West Marine continues to demonstrate its commitment to preserving our waters and ensuring that future

ACBSBilled as the greatest antique and classic race boat show in Canadian history, the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) Toronto chapter held their annual boat show at the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst, Ontario, July 4-7, 2013.
Also at the same location is the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Center with a host of historic marine displays to add to the day’s enjoyment. If you like old boats this is the place to be!

Sailing Safety AppIt was the Canadian Search and Rescue crews who came up with the idea. Obviously they are trying to do themselves out of more rescues than they need - an iPhone App that they hope will keep down the number of sailors who get into trouble. The new iPhone App designed by British Columbia search and rescue crews will help sailors and other boaters stay safe on the water right through this summer.
Developed by Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR), the free Safe Boating App has a range of resources to help all boaters with voyage planning, weather, communication, and emergencies.

David de Eyre Golf TournamentThe Boating Ontario Dealers are hosting their 6th Annual Golf Tournament, the David de Eyre Classic in honour of David de Eyre and we invite you to participate. If you have been a part of the marine industry for some time, no doubt you most likely crossed paths with David de Eyre. He was a legacy in the marine industry with his ownership of Clift’s Marine Sales. David was a successful business man and in his prime built Clift’s to be Canada’s largest yacht broker with over 400 listings with several offices throughout Ontario.

Sod ChristeningJuly 27th, 2013, saw the launching of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 08, Delta, new Type 1 Fast Response boat at Captain’s Cove Marina in Delta. VIP’s participating in the event and offering their congratulations, were the Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, PC, QC, MP for Delta-Richmond East, and National Minister of Revenue, Vicki Huntington, MLA for South Delta, and Captain Joanne McNish, Regional Director Fleet, Canadian Coast Guard. Hans Verbeek, RCM-SAR Southern Area Representative, read greetings from Delta Mayor Lois Jackson and RCM-SAR President Jim Lee. Norm Dyck, a long time member of Station 08, acted as Master of Ceremonies and provided

Georgian Bay Regatta - Hope BayThe Georgian Bay Regatta kicked off it's annual week of daily racing on Georgian Bay at the Georgian Yacht Club in Owen Sound on Sunday July. After the official registration at the club the participants all attended the Welcome Dinner at the Owen Sound Legion. The initial race on Monday started out with light winds and some light rain. As we reached the mouth of Owen Sound the winds built to about 10 knots and the reach to White Cloud Island took about 3 more hours and anchored in Little Port Elgin Bay for the annual Rafting Party.

IBEXComposites One, Magnum Venus Plastech, and the Closed Mold Alliance will demonstrate several composite manufacturing techniques during the live demonstrations and outdoor exhibits at the 2013 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX). Organizers stated that this demonstration and others would give attendees another perspective on recent trends and advancements in the marine industry. At the Composite Pavilion, attendees can witness four different closed mold processes, including “prepreg” (pre-impregnated composite fibers), a recent advancement in closed mold technology. Seeing the same part built four ways on the same mold will allow spectators to compare and

UK SailmakersUK Sailmakers international (UKi), the owner of the UK Sailmakers name, trademarks and proprietary sailmaking software, has just been purchased by a large group of UK Sailmakers’ loft owners. with the individual lofts becoming owners of the brand, the global group of over 50 lofts will grow stronger and attract more lofts to the group in major sailing centers around the world. This will be a unique business model in sailmaking that will tie together the individually owned lofts more closely. with the lofts becoming partners in the company, there will be more personal capital invested in making the group stronger as profits from the company will be

ICOMIA 2013The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has launched its “new and improved” 2012 Recreational Boating Industry Statistics. ICOMIA has been producing its ‘Statistics Book’ for almost 20-years - but this year’s Book is very different. “We agreed that after almost two-decades it was time to move the production of the Book from in-house to an external agency” explains Tony Rice, ICOMIA Secretary General, “And so our newly appointed design-consultant Dima Ivanov, Director of diversified marketing agency Liquid Scope Limited, created a complete revision for the 2012 edition”.

Boating DogsSome dogs were born for the water, others less so. The key to boating with dogsis taking it slow and making safety #1. Here are eight tips that you can share with your dog-owning customers this summer:
Before you go:
Get a good fitting life jacket and have the dog wear it a few times around the home before they get on a boat. Any pet life jacket should have a handle to easily lift the animal out of the water. Here's a buying guide for dogs of all sizes: www.BoatUS.com/doglifejacket.

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