Sail America Industry Conference

The 10th edition of the Sail America Industry Conference (SAIC) is taking place in Florida for the first time. The three-day event, specifically geared toward sailing industry professionals, will take place at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in St. Petersburg, FL on April 23-25, 2024. Held annually, SAIC will host speakers in addition to offering interactive roundtables and more. Attendees will learn about new topics and trends and receive industry updates.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER- Marie Rogers, VP, US Sailing


       Sail America Industry Conference Schedule At A Glance

Tuesday, April 23, 2024         

  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm      Regatta- St. Petersburg Yacht Club
  • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm      Opening Reception-St. Petersburg Yacht Club

Wednesday, April 24, 2024    

  • 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM      Conference Registration
  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am       Breakfast Buffet
  • 8:30 am – 8:45 am       Sail America Welcome, Kevin Carlan, Sail America President
  • 8:45 am – 9:45 am       Keynote Speaker, Diversity and The Future of Sailing, Marie Rogers, VP US Sailing
  • 9:45 am – 10:45 am     Sailing by the Numbers, Peter Houseworth, Director of Client Services, InfoLink Technologies, Inc.
  • 10:45 am – 11:00 am   Refreshment Break
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm   Marine Research and Stewardship, why it’s Good for Business”, Dr. Bob Weisberg, USF College of Marine Science
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm    Lunch (Optional Visit USF R/V Western Flyer at SPYC Pier-Dr. Bob Weisberg)
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm      Building Loyalty with Aftermarket Service- Ed Massey, Massey Yacht Sales, Darrell Allen, Island Packet Yachts, Jim Andersen, Harken, Gerry Douglas (Moderator),
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm      Building a Brand with Owner Events- Patrick Turner, Catalina Yachts, Jeff Johnstone, J Boats, Cindy Kalow, Superior Charters, Bill Bolin, S&J Yachts (Moderator)
  • 3:00 pm – 3:15 pm      Refreshment Break
  • 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm      Finding, signing, and keeping loyal non-traditional boat owners as customers, Corey Hall, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Todd Hess, The SailTime Group, Marie Rogers, US Sailing, Beth Oliver, Offshore Sailing School (Moderator)
  • 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm      Setting New Waypoints: Innovations in the Marine Industry-David Broadbent, ABYC
  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm      Reception/Raffle

Thursday, April 25, 2024

  • 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM    Conference Registration
  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am       Breakfast Buffet
  • 8:30 am – 8:45 am      Welcome
  • 8:45 am – 9:45 am       Warrior Sailing: Changing Lives on the Water, Cory Kapes, Warrior Sailing Program Manager, Keith Poynor, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Retired
  • 9:45 am – 10:45 am    Living With and Without Amazon: How Amazon Partnerships Work and How Some Companies Go It Alone, Ted Winston, Spinlock, Austin McCullough, Marine Supply, Jim Andersen, Harken, Cindy Kalow, Superior Charters (Moderator)
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm   Back to the Future: Time to Look Again at Game Changing Technology in Battery and Propulsion, Kevin Carlan, Yanmar Marine International
  • 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm  SAIC Wrap-up, Kevin Carlan, Sail America President

*Schedule is subject to change

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Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront-Conference Rate-$209/night- Rate expires 3/8/2024

Hampton Downtown St. Petersburg -Please call to book your reservations: Call:  727-892-9900 or 1-800-HAMPTON (1-800-426-7866) -$299/night-Rate expires 3/23/24.

DID YOU MISS SAIC 2023 in Newport, RI? Look HERE to see what you missed! Hope to see you in St. Petersburg in April!

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