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A WEEKEND OF FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES FOR CONNECTICUT BOATERS, SAILORS AND ANGLERS AT THE WEST MARINE FLAGSHIP GRAND OPENING IN OLD SAYBROOK– Thursday, April 12 to Sunday, April 15; Boat Show with Local Dealers, On-the-Water Demos, Tips from Experts and Door-Buster Deals throughout Weekend

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Derek Beere
Mason, Inc.
831.761.6944
dbeere@mason23.com

Laurie Fried
West Marine
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

OLD SAYBROOK, CT (April 9, 2012)

West Marine (Nasdaq: WMAR), the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories will hold its Grand Opening Celebration Thursday, April 12 –Sunday, April 15. Located at 1667 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, the store is over 25,000 square feet making it the largest West Marine in Connecticut.

The grand opening celebration kicks off on Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 a.m. with special deals, raffle prizes, high tech electronics demonstrations and tips from experts.

Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. “Cruising for a Cause” Charity Night will entertain guests with music from Outtakes, food, beverages, raffles, a live and silent auction featuring two chartered fishing trips for four and a Raymarine e7 Multi-function Display. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or through the following charities: Mystic Seaport, Sea-Legs, Inc., the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, the Pettipaug Yacht Club Sailing Academy, Leukemia Cup Regatta and the Maritime Education Network.

  • The celebration continues Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. including:
  • More than 155 high-tech electronics on display with demonstrations by Raymarine, Garmin, Simrad and Navico.
  • A boat show on-site featuring numerous Connecticut-area dealers, including the Boat Center, Louis Marine, BLP, Tow Boats US and Wilde Yachts.
  • Try it before you buy it with on-the-water demos at Saybrook Point Inn and Marina.
  • Experts to provide tips and tricks on how to maximize your boat’s performance and expand your fishing expertise.
  • Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) with information on safe boating practices and life jacket fittings for kids.
  • Door-buster discounts throughout the weekend
  • Raffle prizes and giveaways

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, today announces their search for Texas marine-based non-profits to be the beneficiaries of the “Cruising for a Cause” charity celebration set for Thursday, May 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The festivities will be held at the newest Clear Lake flagship store at 1401 Marina Bay Drive in Clear Lake. In keeping with the company’s mission of protecting our waters and supporting local boating non-profits across the country—West Marine is eager to work with the Bay Area charities that serve the local boating, fishing and sailing community.

100% of the proceeds from ticket sales to the “Cruising for a Cause” event go to the local charities. West Marine holds similar events around the country that help charities as varied as local non-profit youth-sailing clubs, beach clean-up expeditions, and organizations that preserve local marine life among others.

“We are eager to hear from marine-based non-profits who would like to participate in ‘Cruising for a Cause.’ The Clear Lake crew is ready to have fun while raising much-needed funds for marine-based charities based in the Bay Area of Greater Houston,” said Store Manager, Nolan Vander Haagen.

The evening’s festivities will include food and entertainment. Non-profits picked as beneficiaries may also include a limited amount of silent auction items with the proceeds donated directly to their charity.

For full details on how to apply to be a beneficiary of “Cruising for a Cause” send an inquiry via e-mail to grantsandsponsorships@westmarine.com

ABOUT WEST MARINE

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has more than 310 company-owned stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and three franchised stores located in Turkey. Our call center and Internet channels offer Customers over 75,000 products plus the convenience of exchanging catalog and Internet purchases at our Store locations. Our Port Supply division is one of the largest wholesale distributors of marine equipment serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies. For more information on West Marine's products and store locations, or to start shopping, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464).