In sometimes surprising ways, associations play direct and indirect roles in bringing the products, services, and activities of daily life to people around the world.
Sailboats brought to you by…
American Sail Training Association: We bet Christopher Columbus would have been a member of the American Sail Training Association, a.k.a Tall Ships America. Founded in 1973, it promotes the preservation of America’s sailing history through training programs and competitions, including the Tall Ships Challenge series.
Maritime Law Association of the United States: Need to settle a maritime dispute after your last sailing adventure? Consult the MLA, which represents professionals involved in legal issues of a seafaring nature. As an affiliated organization of the American Bar Association, MLA has 3,000 members—a good thing, considering the world’s surface is 70.9 percent water.
Boating Writers International: BWI provides resources for writers, photographers, public relations specialists, broadcasters, and publishers to promote interest in recreational boating and fishing and safe boating practices, as well as journalistic ethics. BWI also sponsors an annual writing contest for marine journalists, which awards $17,000 in cash prizes.