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Sailing Grows at the Boating & Outdoor Festival

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Livonia, Mich., September 5, 2012 – With more exhibitors and more sailboats than the year prior, sailing participation is growing at this year’s Boating & Outdoor Festival and in the entire Great Lakes region as well.

At this year’s Boating & Outdoor Festival, a special sailing section will features boats from 6ft to more than 35 ft. in length, including Hartley Boats, Sunfish, Laser, Hobie Cat, Catalina, Hunter, J-Boats and more.  Also included in the sailing section will be model sailboat regattas, seminars, sailing schools, and new product introductions.

“Small boat sailing is coming back,” said NP Boats Nick Seraphinoff.  “It is very popular in England and the popularity is spreading here in the states again.”  NP Boats is bringing to the Festival four newly designed Hartley boats including a very popular redesigned Wayfarer.  “The advantages of small boat sailing means you don’t have to scramble to find a crew.  Your family is your crew,” said Seraphinoff. 

Of course small sailboats typically lead to larger sailboats and the Festival will have its share of larger keel boats as well.  Port Sanilac Marina is bringing in three new boat introductions to the Great Lakes; the new Catalina 315, Hunter’s new e33 and JBoats new 22 ft. trailerable one-design speedster the J/70 Speedster. Attendees are invited to see the new model launches, learn what is new in sailing technology, design and current sailing participation trends – like Camp Cruising. 

“With the show 14% bigger than last year, we are seeing growth in all boat type categories, but the increase in sailing participation is worth noting at this year’s event,” said Show Manager John Ropp.  Sailing Section exhibitors include: Sea Hawk Sailing School, SailTime Detroit, St. Clair Sailboat Center, Port Sanilac Marina, Catalina 22 Fleet 130, Avon Sailboats, NP Boats, Sail Place and the Detroit Model Yacht Association.

Seminar Schedule:
Cruising the Great lakes on a Trailer Boat – 9/20 at 1pm           Stepping the Mast on a Trailer Boat – 9/21 at 1pm
Cruising Large on a Trailer Boat – 9/22 at 1pm            Cruising the Great Lakes on a Trailer Boat – 9/23 at 1pm

The Detroit Model Yacht Association will be putting on two races at the Festival featuring its “Soling One Meter Fleet” on Saturday,11am – 1pm and again from 2-4pm.  With at least ten boats on the water, measuring nearly 40 inches in length and 65 inches high, these model sailboats will be a memorable sight along the shoreline of this show.  

Discount tickets and hotel accommodations available at BoatingandOutdoorFest.com. Regular admission is $9 for adults, children 12 and under free with an adult. Hours: Thursday & Friday: Noon – 8 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Parking is located at Lake St. Clair Metropark - $5 daily or free with seasonal pass. The Boating & Outdoor Festival is owned and produced by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), the voice of boating in Michigan. Revenue generated for this event is returned back to fund boater’s interests via MBIA’s programs and services. For more information visit BoatingandOutdoorFest.com or call 734.261.0123.


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