London Boat ShowContinuum Productions Inc., the producers of the Central Ontario Boat Show & Sale have secured the contract to produce The London Boat Show starting in February 2014. “We were thrilled to be awarded the privilege of expanding our boat show brand into the London market. We understand the history and significance of the show to the City of London and to marine and outdoor industries in the area and are very excited to be adding this event to our stable of shows in Ontario,” said Dwayne McKillop, President of Continuum Productions Inc.

Sail-In CinemaToronto Port Authority (TPA) is bringing back its highly anticipated free movie festival, Sail-In Cinema™, to the city’s waterfront. For three nights in August, Sugar Beach will be transformed into Toronto’s largest outdoor theatre where lovers of film and the outdoors alike can watch movies on a two-sided screen anchored to a barge on Lake Ontario. From August 15 to 17 Torontonians, their families and friends, will be able to enjoy movies from land or boat, starting at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.) on each of the three nights. The two-sided screen 700-pound screen is four stories tall and will sit on a 60 x 90 foot floating barge.

NMEAOrganizers of the 2013 NMEA Conference & Expo have announced that 65% of booth spaces are now sold, although some great booth locations are still available.  Also, the early-bird attendee registration deadline is Friday 19 July.  Don’t miss out on the $100 saving and register today! There is now a provisional schedule of conference events on NMEA.ORG – click on ‘2013 Conference Information’.  You’ll see the full and exciting slate of education classes, manufacturer sessions, technology briefs and NMEA standards meetings scheduled over the 4 days.  Some details are not

Nacra 17The International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI) has announced that the NACRA 17 is used as the exclusive Olympic Multihull equipment in the “mixed multihull class” running up to the Olympic Games. Every year there are several ISAF World Cups, World Championships and other continental championships where the elite sailors of the world in the catamaran are racing one another. The NACRA 17 was designed from scratch to meet the specific criteria set out by ISAF for the 2016 Olympic multihull. The NACRA 17’s new-generation hulls have about 40% greater longitudinal stability than recent conventional shaped catamarans. This increased stability comes

West MarineWest 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

Jonathon Pudney-NavicoNavico Holding AS, parent company to leading marine electronics brands Lowrance, Simrad and B&G, is pleased to announce a new marketing team structure designed to maximize market growth opportunities. Navico has appointed Jonathon Pudney to the role of Global Marketing Director. Jonathon previously worked at a number of high-level marketing and communications agencies before taking the role of International Marketing Communications Director for the De Beers Group. During his tenure at De Beers, Jonathon’s efforts spanned more than 20 countries at the consumer and trade level. He was responsible for launching De Beers diamond marketing in China, developing and launching the world’s first diamond hallmark, the Forevermark, and running brands in multiple regions including the Americas, Asia

Mercury MarineMercury Marine added nine dealers to its North American dealer network during the month of June. Spanning the continent from Florida to the Northwest Territories of Canada, the new additions include five dealers in Canada and four in the United States:
Algonquin Equipment in Lively, Ontario
Barbin Sport Joe Loue Tout in Val d'Or, Quebec
Beach Marine in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

NavionicsNavionics just announced the availability of Navionics+ and Navionics Updates through resellers worldwide. Navionics’ new products improve the way customers access cartography and boating information by providing easy online updates to ensure their charts reflect the most current data available for their GPS chartplotters. Navionics+ is a powerful electronic chart solution for new customers that provides unparalleled marine and lakes content and coverage on a single card. Customers can select charts from one of seven global regions, such as US & Canada, which enables download of saltwater and freshwater

TorchThis summer, plan a trip to Kingston to visit The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston. The 2014 Sailing Exhibit is taking shape at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston. The chosen title, “The New Age of Sail” acknowledges the phenomenal growth of sailing as a recreational sport in the 1960s and 1970s. If the era of Clipper Ships and Britain’s wooden walls was the original “Age of Sail”, then this rapid growth in sailing over approximately 20 years in the mid to late 20th century was definitely the New Age of Sail.

hansebootHanseboot is the big watersports event for professionals, boating enthusiasts and newcomers – it is held at the exhibition site, centrally located in Hamburg, from 26 October to 3 November 2013. hanseboot gives all the latest information on watersports trends and innovations, living up to its slogan “Northern waters, Northern lifestyle” with a focus on the Baltic, Scandinavia and Northern European waters. The exhibition features a wide range of boats and yachts, and a huge range of equipment and accessories, plus thematic highlights such as daysailing, 15hp engines, refit and funsport. Its hall concept has been changed, using all the hall areas on the B site to ensure optimal linking between the various areas of the

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