CSBCAn idea that began with a meeting of international delegates at the CSBC Symposium in Gravenhurst, Muskoka last September has taken flight. On May 1, 2013, Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States signed the International Lifejacket Wear Principles during the week of the Marine13 Conference in Sydney. The majority of all fatal boating incident victims drown and of these, around four out of five are reported as not wearing a lifejacket across these nations.  This collaboration by some of the most prominent boating safety authorities and organisations in the world aims to promote lifejacket wear and prevent death by drowning.

NMEAThere are valuable NMEA educational opportunities coming up in Halifax this August. You can join these upcoming Educational Training Sessions which are to be held at the Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council (NSCSC), 10 Ragged Lake Blvd., Unit 1 in Halifax, NS.

The courses offered include the new Basic Marine Electronics Installer course, to be held on Wednesday, August 28th.

NMEA 2000 Training, will be held on Thursday, August 29th.

Coast Guard CookiesA touching story of appreciation in a way only a mother could express herself, with cookies and a beautifully written letter.
Jordan Hanssen, recently rescued OAR Northwest transatlantic rower, sponsored by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) made great efforts to visit his rescuers at two USCG stations for “Military Appreciation Month” last week.

Both the Clearwater and Miami Coast Guard Air Stations involved in the early April rescue received a gratitude visit from Jordan, who also presented them with a “Thank You” plaque. But what really resonated with the Miami and Clearwater rescue crews were the homemade cookies sent to them


A basic agenda for the 2014 International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) is now available. IMBC is produced by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), and will take place January 29–31, 2014, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Show organizers are looking to the most well received aspects of the conference, such as themed networking events and seminars broken into specific tracks, to develop the 2014 agenda. The three- day agenda includes two full days of educational sessions, exhibit hall hours, and evening receptions.

Masters Waterski and WakeboardASA Electronics, an international manufacturer and supplier of premium audio and video electronics and appliances has partnered with Polk Audio to help sponsor the 54th Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament.  ASA and Polk Audio are proud to support the longest-running water skiing competition in the world that attracts thousands of participants and spectators each year. 

The Master’s Tournament was started in 1959 with the Ida Callaway Invitational that attracted an astonishing 13,000 spectators in its first year. The competition originally focused on only three events with athletes participating in the slalom, tricks and jump, and the overall title awards. As times changed, Wakeskating was added along with Ski Fly and athletes started to compete for the championship of their individual disciplines instead of

Rec Boat HoldingsRec Boat Holdings, maker of Four Winns, Glastron and Wellcraft brands, has announced their entry into the jet boat segment, re-launching the Scarab brand as a jet boat line, as well as two new jet models in the Glastron line. The new boats are scheduled to roll out as soon as this summer.

A long-term supply agreement with BRP's Marine Propulsion Systems division enables the company to power the new boats with its quality Rotax 4-TEC 1503 jet propulsion system.

Falvey Yacht InsuranceStarting and ending in Victoria, British Columbia, the Swiftsure International Yacht Race qualifies as the preeminent long distance sailing competition in the region. Organized and hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, this year's May 25-27 event is tagged From Canvas to Carbon 70 Years of Swiftsure in celebration of its 70th running since 1930. Falvey Yacht Insurance is a new sponsor for this historic contest, and offers a unique reward for skippers entering the race.

Beckson Marine New PresidentBeginning his career at Beckson Marine in 1990 as an inside sales rep, Steve Anschutz has been promoted to president. Incorporated in 1979, the company has only had one previous president.

"I'm very excited to take on this new role at Beckson," said Anschutz. "Beckson is not only about its products and generating sales, but is a brand dedicated to quality, customer service and our community. I'm proud to step into this leadership position."

NMMADuring May 8 and 9, 2013 the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) released their updated economic impact data for the recreational boating industry during the American Boating Congress. The update reflects 2012 data across the United States and has been formatted as an easy-to-use infographic, reflecting data in a highly visual way.
 
In 2013 NMMA’s Center of Knowledge contracted with the Recreational Marine Research Center at Michigan State University to update the 2008 Economic Value of Recreational Boating at the State and Congressional District Level. Each state and district datasheet includes the “total annual

Six Metres ReunionOn April 28th fifty Six Metre devotees gathered at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club to celebrate the history of this famous class. This was the third in a series of four Heritage Luncheons in honour of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, and this event focused on that amazing period in the late 1940s to the early 1960s when the Six Metre was the premier racing yacht on Lake Ontario, and when nine of these
exceptionally beautiful boats sailed out of RHYC.

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