Byline: The Log Staff
LONG BEACH — The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has announced that the Long Beach Boat and Yacht Show formerly produced by the Southern California Marine Association will change its name to “Strictly Sail Long Beach” and will become “Southern California’s only all-sailboat show.” The show is scheduled Oct. 18-21 at Rainbow Harbor.
“The sailing industry has long wanted an all-sailboat show in Southern California,” said Ben Wold, NMMA’s executive vice president. “With the help of NMMA staff who produce its other Strictly Sail shows, now is the perfect time for the transition. We have the resources to build a significant selling event for exhibitors and an ultimate sailing experience for attendees, with a first-rate selection of sailing product on display, new attractions and renowned seminars.”
NMMA said it will now produce a total of three SoCal boat shows, including the San Diego Yacht & Boat Show and the Los Angeles Boat Show.
“By bringing the Long Beach show back to its roots, we’ll be able to build it into an annual fall tradition and destination, providing sailors a unique opportunity to experience one of California’s favorite pastimes and giving the sailing industry a premier sales destination,” said Dave Geoffroy, NMMA West executive director.
NMMA said Strictly Sail Long Beach will feature more than 100 sailboats, representing dozens of brands and models from local dealers, plus an area showcasing the sailing industry’s newest accessories and technology. Show attractions will include educational seminars for new sailors and experienced boaters, daily lessons aboard sailboats, an area where show-goers can try paddle sports and a sailing simulator.
For more information, visit strictlysaillongbeach.com.