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Upcoming nautical shows and events

The Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow takes place Thursday through Sunday at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, Pa.

The sportshow is the place to go to find the newest outdoor equipment that isn’t even available in stores or popular mail order catalogs,” show director Paul Fuller said in a statement. “In between browsing through all of the fishing tackle, hunting gear, boats, RVs and ATVs you can also see some great entertainment that you won’t find anywhere else.”

The event includes Bass University, where attendees can learn from the nation’s premier professional bass anglers. FLW champion Scott Martin is the bass event’s headliner, along with pro anglers John Crews, Peter Gluszek and Kevin Short. Bass University is in session Saturday and Sunday.

Fly fishing is also represented at the show. Experts from the American Fly Fishing Schools will have a casting pool on the show floor and offer continuous fly-casting instruction.

The show also has a large number of activities for children. This year, the expo has a fly-casting competition for young anglers put on by the American Fly Fishing Schools.

A portion of the ticket sales will go to fund KeepAmericaFishing, the American Sportfishing Association’s angler advocacy campaign devoted to keeping the nation’s waters open, clean and abundant with fish.

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The Landing School, in Arundel, Maine, said it is hosting two events in the coming month that will educate the public and marine professionals in sailing seamanship skills and marine service management.

The school also announced additional dates for open house events from February through August.

In cooperation with North U, The Landing School will be hosting a cruising seminar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 3. The course aims to help attendees learn to sail well and have the seamanship skills necessary to deal with challenges, prevent problems and respond to emergencies.

In cooperation with the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association, The Landing School is hosting a marine service management course from Feb. 29 to March 3. The course is designed to meet the needs of boatyards and marine service centers by providing management training for people who are working in or toward leadership roles.

Additionally, The Landing School will be holding open house events for prospective students, their families and the public on the following dates: Feb. 24, April 20, July 13 and Aug. 10.

“I am pleased that The Landing School continues to work so diligently to educate our students and the public alike in marine skills,” school president Bob DeColfmacker said in a statement. “As an educational institution it is incumbent upon us to take part in every opportunity to share our knowledge with others. By hosting events with groups such as North U and ABBRA we can take advantage of their expertise while providing a public forum for marine trade education.”

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The 2012 Strictly Sail Pacific all-sailboat boat show will sail into Jack London Square April 12-15 in Oakland, Calif.
Strictly Sail Pacific is the only all-sailboat show on the West Coast and it features new sailboats, gear, accessories, hardware, daily seminars, interactive workshops, free sailboat rides and more.

Sailboats of every size and budget will fill the grounds of Jack London Square, in and out of the water, including sleek racers and luxury yachts. The event includes hands-on seminars and a chance to learn about the America’s Cup World Series races that lead up to the 34th America’s Cup, which will be held in San Francisco Bay in 2013.

The Strictly Sail Pacific show is produced by Sail America, the trade association for the U.S. sailing industry.