California Boating Congress returns to Sacramento for third year

Boaters, marine industry professionals and policymakers are expected to connect again at state capitol.

SACRAMENTO — Marine Recreation Association will sponsor the 3rd annual California Boating Congress in Sacramento, it was announced. The two-day educational, networking and lobbying event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, Feb. 27-28, 2018.

Organizers position the event as vital to boaters, as those in attendance have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders and various policymakers at their capitol building offices.

Attending the California Boating Congress, according to organizers, helps attendees “chart the future of boating policy” in the state.

The first day of the conference event is a cocktail reception, held Feb. 27 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Sacramento (across the street from the capitol building).

Seminars, speeches and a group luncheon are all set for Feb. 28, also at the Hyatt Regency; doors open at 8:30 a.m.

“A keynote speaker, and summary of legislative issues will be featured in the morning, followed by breakout sessions focused on specific key issues, and legislator meeting instructions,” organizers said in a released statement. “Lunch will be served at the Hyatt, and then attendees will proceed to the State Capitol for meetings with individual legislative representatives throughout the afternoon.”

Groups collaborating with Marine Recreation Association to organize the 2018 California Boating Congress included Worldwide Boaters Safety Group, California Yacht Brokers Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference, Personal Watercraft Industry Association, California Sportfishing League, California Delta Chambers & Visitors Bureau, Recreational Boaters of California, Bay Planning Coalition, Sacramento Valley Marine Association, and California Association of Harbor Masters & Port Captains.

Additional information for the upcoming conference is available online at or by calling Mariann Timms at 209-334-0061.

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