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Free-sailing weekend

launches a new season

Free sailboat rides along Boston’s historic waterfront will highlight a weekend of celebration as the sailing season gets under way on April 24 and 25, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the BostonSailingCenter.

Seasoned sailors and novices alike are invited to join the festivities at LewisWharf. Harbor sailing trips will be conducted by experienced sailors aboard a fleet of boats ranging in length from 23 to 40 feet. The center’s teaching staff will be on hand to answer questions about sailing lessons and membership programs.

Those who sign up during the event will have a portion of their lesson and/or membership fee donated to Save The Harbor/Save the Bay, a nonprofit agency working to conserve and improve BostonHarbor as a recreational resource.

This year’s event marks the 28th annual Free-Sailing Weekend at the center.

For more information, call (617) 227-4198. www.bostonsailingcenter.com

Spring boat show

sprung in Newport

The theme of this year’s Newport Spring Boat Show is, “New look, bigger, better,” with organizers promising more in-water display space, more professional brokers and hundreds of used and new models of powerboats, sailboats, multihulls, kayaks, inflatables and dinghies.

Boating accessories, equipment and marine services will be available at exhibitor booths under tents along the shoreline, as well as finance and insurance agents. Seminars on a variety of boating subjects, children’s activities, a galley cooking demonstration and a fashion show are also on tap.

The May 20 to 23 event will be held again at the NewportYachtingCenter on America’s Cup Avenue. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. May 20;11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 21; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 22; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23.

Tickets are $10 for adults. Advance tickets, available until May 5, are $8. Children under 12 with an adult are admitted free. www.newportspringboatshow.com