The 30th Annual Marina del Rey In-Water Boat Show will showcase the hottest, newest and largest boats in a gorgeous setting in beautiful Marina del Rey Thursday through Sunday, January 13th to 16th.

So it’s no surprise that Steve Curran and H & S Yacht Sales will play a big part in the show.

H & S Yacht Sales claims to be the largest sailboat dealership in the world, with eight offices on the West Coast alone.

Curran said H & S will offer those attending the boat show an opportunity to see the best of what the yachting industry has to offer.

“It’s in the industry’s best interest to have large boats displayed in the water,” he said. “This is our best chance to show our customers new products.

“Plus, it’s right here in our own back yard.”

The show will be held daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, in the Marina.

Admission will be $10 and children 12 years old and younger will be admitted free.

The show is presented by the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

In this year’s boat show, H & S will be showing a 54-foot Jeanneau sailboat, the newest in the Jeanneau fleet.

“I have never seen a boat get this much notoriety and sell this well,” Curran said.

“We have sold 11 in the last one and a half years,” Curran said. “This is the most successful 50-plus sailboat ever sold in the United States. This is a spectacular boat.”

“This stylish boat offers exceptional performance, high quality and good value, especially for one of the largest sailboats in the water,” he added. “From its hand-crafted teak wood interior to its custom saloon, this boat is truly amazing.”

In addition to the 54-foot Jeanneau, H & S is displaying a 40.3-foot Jeanneau, four Hunter boats (44-foot, 41-foot, 33-foot and 27-foot), two Silverton boats (38-foot and 39-foot), a 35-foot Doral and a 44-foot Navigator.

The Hunter 44 sports some rather intricate features not usually found on cruising boats of this size, Curran said.

First is a “bow hollow,” which Curran says increases the flow of water in the forward sections and increases hull speed.

Second is a “stern reflex,” which Curran says allows a flatter exit wake and less turbulence.

“This is a major event for the community and I am tremendously excited to be a part of it,” Curran said of the boat show. “This is the closest thing to a county fair we have in the Marina, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The event is designed to be exciting for the whole family. Grab a picnic lunch and camp out on the grassy areas of the park or visit the food court to taste something new.

Either way, it’s a great time to enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather and spend time with family, while checking out some of the most incredible boats the industry has to offer.

Information, (310) 301-9019 or visit

www.mdrboatshow.com

DOGGONE GOOD WORK —

On Sunday, December 12th, Wendy Kray, a bat mitzvah graduate of B’nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester, was publicly honored for her contribution to the Guide Dogs of the Desert International.

Her bat mitzvah project was to raise money to buy toys for puppies that are trained as companions to the blind, the elderly blind and blind people who are multihandicapped so they can lead more independent and mobile lives.

After reading a newspaper article about the financial crunch faced by the guide dogs organization, Kray, a Westchester resident, spent the summer soliciting funds on behalf of the organization, which was founded in 1972, to provide quality guide dogs to the blind and multihandicapped.

By the end of the summer, she had raised more than $600 to pay for toys for the puppies.

On December 12th, representatives of Guide Dogs of the Desert came to B’nai Tikvah to thank Wendy and show off some of the dogs her donation helped.

Though, at 13, Kray is too young to work directly with the dogs at the organization, she said she hopes one day to do more hands-on work with the dogs at the guide dog organization.

LMU ALL-AMERICAN —

For the second consecutive season, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) volleyball’s Kelli Nerison has been recognized with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American honorable mention selection.

The LMU senior has now received back-to-back first-team All-West Coast Conference and AVCA All-Region selections along with the two honorable mention All-American nods.

The All-America announcement places Nerison among the nation’s top 100 collegiate volleyball players for the 2004 season.

Ranking in the top ten in the nation all season, Nerison ranked sixth in blocks, with 1.71 blocks per game for the 2004 season.

The Lions’ middle blocker was selected to the 2004 All-West Coast Conference first-team after leading the conference in both hitting percentage (.360) and blocks per game (1.88) in WCC play.

She also finished the conference season ranking sixth in service aces (0.27) per game and 11th in kills (3.17).

Though she had yet to record a single collegiate solo block prior to her junior season, Nerison set new LMU records for career block average (1.47), single season solo blocks (48), single season block assists (136), single season total blocks (178), single season block average (1.71), and career attack percentage (.356). She also ranks second in career block assists (262), third in career total blocks (352), and fourth in career solo blocks (90).

Nerison also earned her second straight WCC All-Academic selection for her accomplishments on the court and in the classroom, where she has a 3.35 cumulative grade point average as a business administration major.

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