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Nautical festival runs April 17-19

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Nautical Festival runs April 17-19

Sailing Showcase East will be part of this year’s Jacksonville International Boat Show, and nautical festival in Jacksonville, Fla. The boat show, in its 14th year, will run April 17-19 at the Metropolitan Park and Marina.

The sailing showcase was added in response to an active sailing market, says Jimmy Hill of CurrentProductions. US, the show’s producer. Sailing Showcase East will feature production manufacturers, unique designs, accessories, charter companies and sailing gear. Producer CurrentProductions.US also represents the Jacksonville International Boat Show, the First Coast Boat Show, and the Southeast U.S. Boat Show — all in Jacksonville.

For information, contact Jimmy Hill at (904) 759-2758 or visit

Orlando marina presents spring boat show

The Lake Fairview Marina in Orlando, Fla., will present its 2009 spring boat show March 28-29. Manufacturer representatives will include Hunter Marin, Com-Pac Yachts, Precision BoatWorks, Laser Performance Sailboats and Tohatsu Outboard motors.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, will be free. Demonstrations on select models will also be available.

For information, visit

U.S. water ski team wins gold at juniors

The U.S. junior water ski team won the gold medal at the Junior Water Ski world championships in Lima, Peru. Members of the U.S. team include Caroline Hensley of Hixon, Tenn., John Lex Kenerly of Jesup, Ga., and Lauren Morgan of Odessa, Fla. U.S. independents include Leif Abel of Hickory, N.C., and Adam Pickos of Santa Rose Beach, Fla.

John Lex Kennerly of Jessup, Ga., is one of the gold medal-winning members of the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team.

The five-day event took place at Bujama Lacus Lakes, and athletes from 22 countries participated. The athletes competed in areas including slalom, tricks and jumping, and for an overall title. All U.S. athletes advanced to the finals in at least one event, and all four junior water ski team members contributed to the gold-medal winning point total.

USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 to promote water skiing in the U.S. It is recognized by the U.S Olympic Committee and the Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States.

For results, visit

This article originally appeared in the April 2009 issue.