Thursday, June 10, 2010

Going to Disney World

Chance to win a Disney trip among incentives offered on National Marina Day

This Saturday is National Marina Day, and marinas all over the US are having events with contests, complimentary cruises, children's activities, green boating seminars and more. Search for marinas that are registered to have an event on National Marina Day here. If you don’t see your favorite marina mentioned, contact them anyway - there still may be an event to celebrate National Marina Day or National Fishing & Boating Week.

See a Green Marina
One of the many marinas holding an event Saturday is Grand Harbor Marina (a Certified Clean Marina), located on the border of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Grand Harbor is going to have green boating tips and solutions on display, raffles for eco-friendly products, and all-around fun on the water. Among their raffle prizes you will find welcome mats for boats made of 100% recycled material from our friends at BoatNameGear.

There are also 10 marinas across the country participating in a program called Boat. Fish. Live. At National Marina Day where you can see boating and fishing demonstrations, test drive boats and even win a trip for four to Disney World in Orlando.

The 10 marinas hosting Boat.Fish.Live events (including the Disney Sweepstakes) this weekend are:
  1. Anchorage Marina – Baltimore, Md
  2. Aqualand Marina – Lake Lanier, Ga
  3. Bill Bird Marina at Haulover Park – Miami, Fla
  4. Brisbane Marina – Brisbane, Calif
  5. Callville Bay Resort & Marina – Lake Mead, Nev
  6. Colony Marine at Algonac Harbor Club – Algonac, Mich
  7. Grande Dunes Resort & Marina – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  8. Marina Bay at Boston Harbor – North Quincy, Mass
  9. New Rochelle Municipal Marina – New Rochelle, N.Y.
  10. Scotts Landing – Grapevine, Texas

Free Fishing
We mentioned Monday that in celebration of National Fishing & Boating Week (which continues through this Sunday the 13th), there are several states offering free fishing days this weekend where you can fish without getting a license.

Regattas and Boat Shows
If you like sailboat racing, this is your weekend. There are regattas in Newport, RI and Toledo, Ohio, as well as in South Korea, Denmark and Sardinia. South Korea is also holding a boat show, as is Miami (not the Miami Boat Show, but still a show worth checking out).

Coming to Connecticut
For our local friends, be sure to check out an all new one-day boating event in New London next Saturday the 19th. The Long Island Sound Boaters Expo is the perfect place to bring dad on his special weekend, but the event is only Saturday the 19th from Noon to 6 p.m. (More info.) Visit vendors like BoatNameGear at this event for last minute Father's Day gifts with a nautical theme.

If you need more info about any of this weekend's festivities, visit our boating event calendar.


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