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4th Annual ‘California Boating Congress’ will feature Two Prominent Keynote Speakers

4th Annual ‘California Boating Congress’ will feature Two Prominent Keynote Speakers









4th Annual ‘California Boating Congress’ will feature Two Prominent Keynote Speakers


This year’s annual California Boating Congress will kick off on Wednesday March 6th with two Keynote Speakers focusing on recreational boating and the impact of this industry on the state economy.

For the fourth year in a row, the CBC will bring the marine industry and boating community together at the California State Capital to advocate for issues affecting this important part of our state’s economy and culture, and chart the future of boating policy in California.

Assemblymember Jim Wood will start the day’s events with a morning welcome at 8:30 AM. Mr. Wood has represented District 2, encompassing Trinity, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Mendocino counties, and northern costal Sonoma County, since his election in 2014. He is actively involved in legislative actions focused on environmental protection, economic development, and health care, and has been Chair of the Assembly Health Committee since 2016.

Robert Newsome, Sr. Vice President of Strategy, Engineering Standards, & Membership for the National Marine Manufacturers Association will be the second keynote speaker, and will provide an important overview of Recreational Boating Trends and the Economy in California. Mr. Newsome has authored and presented on numerous marine industry economic, boating safety, and industry technical topics, and serves as a spokesperson for the Discover Boating program. He has also been a life-long and avid power boater, sailor, and fisherman on Lake Michigan and other lakes of the Midwest, and has a distinct understanding of the issues affecting recreational boating across the country.

This year’s CBC will hold a Welcome Reception on Tuesday evening, March 5th at 5:30 PM, giving attendees an opportunity to meet and mingle before the main event on Wednesday. Both events will take place at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento Riverfront Promenade Hotel, 100 Capital Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814. Special hotel rates are also available for Tuesday night and may be booked no later than February 12th at or by calling (916) 326-5000. Be sure to mention the CBC discount rate or enter the Group Code: CBC, when making reservations..

Breakout sessions focused on specific boating issues will follow the keynote speeches, providing updates and information about critical legislative and regulatory concerns. These morning sessions will cover a variety of topics, including the flood of current and pending regulations, the State Lands Commission’s programs to remove abandoned vessels, the current audit of BCDC, and an opportunity to meet with Regulators from the primary state regulatory agencies.

Following lunch, attendees will proceed to the State Capital for meetings with individual legislative representatives throughout the afternoon. Opportunities to meet with state representatives are being scheduled NOW, and attendees must register and schedule their meeting NO LATER THAN Friday, February 8th. Early registrants will get priority for scheduling with their State Legislators, so mark your calendar for March 5th & 6th and register EARLY!

This year’s Congress is being co-hosted by the MRA and twelve other boating related groups, including the California Yacht Brokers Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference, Boat U.S., Personal Watercraft Industry Association, California Sportfishing League, California Delta Chambers & Visitors Bureau, Recreational Boaters of California, Bay Planning Coalition, Sacramento Valley Marine Association, California Association of Harbor Masters & Port Captains, and the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association.

For more information and to register, visit or contact Mariann Timms at 209-334-0061.

The Marine Recreation Association is a professional organization that represents marina owners, operators, and industry professionals located throughout the western United States with additional members in Canada, Mexico, and Australia. Created more than 46 years ago, the MRA actively promotes and represents recreational boating interests while providing educational management and operations seminars, and information for marine industry owners, operators, and staff.

 January 29, 2019