Marine- and Boating-Related Events

Events of Interest to Sailors and boaters in the Southeast Coastal States and the Bahamas. Boat Shows, Marine Flea Markets, Regattas, Rendezvous, Seafood Festivals, Boating & Sailing Seminars, Instruction, and other nautical events.

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December 2018

Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, Orlando, FL

December 9 - December 12

Sponsored by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, this annual event holds workshops, seminars, speakers, exhibits and other related events for members of the marine industry. Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.  

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USA Junior Olympics Sailing Festival – Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Miami, FL

December 27 - December 30
Coral Reef Yacht Club, 2484 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133 United States

Coral Reef Yacht Club, US Sailing Center & Shake-A-Leg Miami. Contact Regatta Chair at obregatta@gmail.com.  

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USA Junior Olympic Windsurfing Festival, Miami, FL

December 28 - December 29
Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, 2540 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133 United States
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Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. Contact Ed Hernandez at ehernandez63@bellsouth.net.

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January 2019

Austin Boat Show

January 4, 2019 - January 6, 2019
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Houston International Boat Show

January 4, 2019 @ 11:00 am - January 13, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
NRG Center, 1 NRG Park
Houston, TX 77054 United States
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Atlanta Boat Show, Atlanta, GA

January 10, 2019 - January 13, 2019
Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
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Annual Charlotte County Boat Show

January 10, 2019 - January 13, 2019
Charlotte County Fairgrounds, 2333 El Jobean Road
Port Charlotte, FL 33948 United States
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Stuart Boat Show, Stuart, FL

January 11, 2019 - January 13, 2019
Waterway Marina, Stuart Harbor Stuart, FL United States + Google Map
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36th Annual Golden Conch Regatta, Platinum Point Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, FL

January 12, 2019 - January 13, 2019

This two-day race series is an open sailing event to be conducted outside Burnt Store Marina entrance on Charlotte Harbor. There will be two separate race courses: five races for Spinnaker, Multihull, and Harbor 20 fleets; three races for cruising fleets. Regatta qualifies for Charlotte Harbor Boat of the Year (CHBOTY). Expected are 30-35 boats in five classes offered. Both buoy and windward-leeward races will be conducted. A MANDATORY skippers meeting will be held on Saturday morning along with a…

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35th Annual Golden Conch Regatta, Platinum Point Yacht Club, Punta Gorda, FL

January 12, 2019 - January 13, 2019

This two-day race series will be conducted outside Burnt Store Marina entrance on Charlotte Harbor. There will be two separate race courses: five races for Spinnaker, Multihull, and Harbor 20 fleets; three races for cruising fleets. Regatta qualifies for Charlotte Harbor Boat of the Year (CHBOTY). Expected are 30-35 boats in five classes offered. Both buoy and windward-leeward races will be conducted. A MANDATORY skippers meeting will be held on Saturday morning along with a complimentary continental breakfast. A barbecue…

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Annual Big Pine Key Nautical Flea Market, Florida Keys

January 12, 2019 - January 13, 2019
Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, 31020 Overseas Hwy
Big Pine Key, FL 33043 United States
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Typically drawing nearly 200 vendors, this event held on the wooded grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, Mile Marker 31 Oceanside on Big Pine Key. Besides nautical items, there will be arts and crafts, food, and live music. 8am to 2pm. 305-872-2411. http://www.lowerkeyschamber.com, go to Events.

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International Marina & Boatyard Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Jan. 23-25

January 23, 2019 - January 25, 2019
Broward Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 United States
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The IMBC is the leading marina and boatyard conference. It is geared specifically toward marina and boatyard owners, operators, and managers as well as dock masters, harbormasters, boat builders and repairers, and industry consultants. IMBC is where dedicated marine professionals gather to exchange information, talk about the future of the industry, explore new methods and techniques, receive updates on revised standards and established rules, and discover new products. The conference is produced by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI). Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.…

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Charleston Boat Show

January 25, 2019 - January 27, 2019
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Annual Port Salerno Seafood Festival, Port Salerno, FL

January 26, 2019
Port Salerno Docks Port Salerno, FL + Google Map
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Annual Wrecker’s Cup “Race,” Key West, January, February, March, April

January 27, 2019
Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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This series of races, if you could call them that, is sponsored by the Schooner Wharf Bar on the waterfront in downtown Key West. This Sunday afternoon race commemorates the race to a wreck that signified the old days when Key West’s main business was wreck salvage. Boats race seven miles out to Sand Key from the Key West waterfront and back. The race has five classes: Classic, Schooner, Multihull, Monohull over 30 feet and Monohull under 30 feet. Locals…

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2019 National Sailing Programs Symposium, Jacksonville, FL

January 31, 2019 @ 8:00 am - February 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202 United States
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2019 National Sailing Programs Symposium Registration Open, Jacksonville, FL, Jan. 31- Feb. 2 US Sailing’s NSPS 2018 will be held in January at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Early Bird registration ends Sept. 7 ($295). Standard ($350) and Group ($325) registration ends Dec. 31. Late Registration ($400) ends Jan. 28. At the door registration ($450) runs Jan. 29-Feb.2. For more information and to register, go to http://nsps.ussailing.org.

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February 2019

Annual George Town Cruising Regatta, Exumas, Bahamas

February 14, 2019 - February 27, 2019

This is a cruisers regatta that builds up over several months. This 12-day regatta attracts 350-400 cruising boats. Most boats start arriving from around the U.S., Canada and other countries in November and stay through March. When the actual regatta days start, the schedule includes sailboat races held in Elizabeth Harbor, around Stocking Island, and to neighboring Long Island. There is a variety of on-water and on-the-beach events to capture the interest of non-racing cruisers, as well as racers. These…

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Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez, FL

February 16, 2019 - February 17, 2019

Started in 1981, this two-day festival in the historic fishing village in Cortez, FL, offers a wide variety of seafood, live music, nautical arts and crafts, children’t activities, environmental exhibits and beer. Over the years, the event has expanded from one to two days and from 500 visitors to 25,000. The festival is sponsored and hosted by F.I.S.H.—The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage—which is dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of Florida’s traditional Gulf Coast maritime communities.

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Annual Gigantic Nautical Flea Market, Islamorada, Florida Keys

February 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am - February 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Islamorada Islamorada, FL + Google Map

Sponsored by the Upper Keys Rotary Club. Held at Founders Park on Islamorada, MM 87, Bayside. New and used boats, marine gear, dive gear, products, clothing, electronics, antiques, fishing, nautical arts and crafts. Sat 8-5, Sun 9-3. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at 8am. 305-712-1818

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Annual Wrecker’s Cup “Race,” Key West, January, February, March, April

February 24, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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This series of races, if you could call them that, is sponsored by the Schooner Wharf Bar on the waterfront in downtown Key West. This Sunday afternoon race commemorates the race to a wreck that signified the old days when Key West’s main business was wreck salvage. Boats race seven miles out to Sand Key from the Key West waterfront and back. The race has five classes: Classic, Schooner, Multihull, Monohull over 30 feet and Monohull under 30 feet. Locals…

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March 2019

Island Nautical Annual Flea Market, St. Petersburg, FL

March 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Island Nautical Store, 2233 3rd Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Island Nautical Annual Nautical Flea Market, St. Petersburg, FL March 2   Spaces available for sellers. Shop for bargains, sell your old stuff or just browse. JSI parking lot at 2233 3rd Ave S., St. Petersburg. 8 am to noon. Call to reserve space at 727-577-3220.    

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TrawlerFest, Stuart, FL

March 5, 2019 - March 9, 2019
Hutchinson Island Marriott Marina, 555 NE Ocean Blvd
Stuart, FL 34996 United States
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This event is sponsored by PassageMaker magazine and will be held at the Hutchinson Island Marina in Stuart, FL. The In-Water Boat Show is held March 7-9 and Seminars March 5-9, starting two days before the show. Attendees can come by boat and stay at the marina, or by land, staying at one of the local hotels. Seminars are held on a wide range of topics, along with demonstrations, discussions, parties, and exhibits with industry representatives.

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Dania Marine Flea Market, Hallandale Beach, FL

March 14, 2019 - March 17, 2019
Mardi Gras Casino, 831 N Federal Highway
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 United States
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 Annual Dania Marine Flea Market, Mardi Gras Casino, Hallandale Beach, FL, March 14-17 Private individuals and corporate vendors sell marine equipment, antiques, used boats, fishing tackle, diving gear, marine artwork and other boating-related items. World’s largest marine flea market. Thursday-Saturday: 9am-6pm. Sunday 9am-4pm. Free Parking. www.daniamarinefleamarket.com.

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St. Petersburg to Habana Regatta

March 18, 2019
St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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St Petersburg to Havana Cuba regatta logo

Open to boats at least 30 feet PHRF Spinnaker, PHRF Non-Spinnaker, PHRF Cruising (cruising spinnakers allowed), PHRF Multihull, ORC, IRC St. Petersburg March 16: Registration & Seminars, Skippers Meeting, Competitors & Dignitaries Dinner March 17: Skipper & Crew Party March 18: 11:00am Start of Race Cuba March 19-20: Vessels Arriving at Marina Hemingway, Cuba March 21: Welcome Party at Hemingway International Yacht Club de Cuba March 22: Captain’s Meeting for Torreon de la Chorrera Regatta & Happy Hour March 23:…

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April 2019

Sperry Charleston Race Week

April 11, 2019 - April 14, 2019
Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 United States
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J/70 sailboats racing

Sperry Charleston Race Week has evolved to become the largest multi-class regatta in North America! Make plans to join us in the No. 1 city in the country at one of the top regatta venues on the planet for three days or superb competition and four evenings of rollicking fun. There's no better place to be in the early spring than Charleston, South Carolina. So, get ready to find out why we call this "a regatta unlike any other." www.charlestonraceweek.com

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