In Brief: National Marina Day, Tigé, Marine Check, Sailing World, Ft. Myers Beach Kingfish Shootout

The Association of Marina Industries has launched a new National Marina Day (NMD) Web site, Users will recognize some of the features, such as the NMD Resource Kit, but there is new content, and the overall design has been updated. One new feature is a marina event registration page where participating marinas can enter information about their facility and their event. Other pages and links include: event planning pages, press section, information about a new addition Boat, Fish, Live at National Marina Day, application for the NMD Marina of the Year award, a partners page, and more to help marinas plan their event and celebrate the marina industry.

In December 2009, Tigé donated a custom Z1 and factory delivery package to the WakeWorld Toys for Tots auction. Michael Cope outbid all others during the annual auction, ordered his custom Z1 and has now taken delivery at the Tigé corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant in Abilene, Texas, according to the company. The Copes’ visit to Abilene included meeting Tigé’s key personnel, a personal tour of the facility and an all-inclusive overnight/dinner package in Abilene. “At the first sign of warm weather, these diehard Texas Tech fans will be sporting their new red and black tricked-out Tigé Z1 at Lake LBJ near Mason, Texas,” the company reported.

Sovereign Tracking Systems has released its Marine Check management system, which automatically monitors vessels and dealerships and marinas. The system identifies the movement of vessels at their locations and provides this information to end users, financial institutions, insurance carriers or the Sovereign Monitoring Facility, where appropriate action can be taken.

Bonnier Corp.’s Sailing World will launch a redesign with its April 2010 issue, which hits newsstands on March 16. The new look was crafted to better match the technical and energetic appearance of the sport today while preserving the essential content the magazine’s readers have enjoyed for nearly 50 years, according to a release from Bonnier. Sailing World will also be launching a new Web site in April to coincide with its redesign.

The 3rd Annual Ft. Myers Beach Kingfish Shootout is requiring participating anglers to carry satellite detectible emergency beacons aboard their boats, according to a release from ACR Electronics, which manufactures the safety devices and is a sponsor of the tournament. Alberto Abad, president of Mambo Promotions and director of the tournament, said the impetus to require emergency beacons began after the highly publicized deaths of two NFL football players and their friend one year ago in the Gulf of Mexico. “Requiring a beacon has never been done before in a fishing tournament. There’s nothing negative about it. It’s a mindset we’re trying to enforce,” Abad said in the release. “Most of the people who fish the event are experienced fishermen who understand safety. Those who fish off this coast always have to go out far, at least 50 miles, before it gets deep.”

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