Strictly Sail Long Beach attendance jumps 130%
National Marine Manufacturers Association
October 23, 2012
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Long Beach, Calif. – Oct. 23, 2012 – The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) Strictly Sail Long Beach, formerly the Long Beach Yacht & Boat Show, completed its inaugural run on Sunday, attracting 4,369 visitors throughout the four-day event – a 130 percent increase over last year’s show.
“Initial feedback from exhibitors has been very positive, with many reporting leads from qualified sailors and boat owners. And excitement from attendees about the new layout and educational offerings resonated throughout the show,” Vice President of NMMA, Dave Geoffroy, noted. “Building a foundation this year with key organizations in the sailing industry combined with NMMA’s marketing and communications resources, we anticipate Strictly Sail Long Beach to be a mainstay for the sailing community and Southern California marine industry.”
Partnering with the American Sailing Association (ASA), US Sailing, and Blue Water Sailing magazine, show organizers were able to broaden the scope of the event as Southern California’s premier all-sail show, providing sailing enthusiasts a rare opportunity to learn from the industry’s top pros. Educational and interactive offerings included dozens of hands-on basic and advanced on-water sailing clinics from ASA certified instructors, the renowned US Sailing sanctioned Safety-at-Sea seminar, and more than 60 on-land sailing seminars. In addition, the new on-water attraction Try It Cove, presented by Action Watersports, allowed attendees to discover the boating lifestyle through paddle sports and sail rides.
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