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February 2019

Miami International Boat Show

February 14 - February 18
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Virginia Key, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
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Largest boat show in the U.S. The Strictly Sail Show is now part of this show. Held on Virginia Key at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. The show can only be reached by water taxis and shuttle buses (supplied as part of the entry ticket). Limited parking on Virginia Key is available starting at $100/day. Water taxis and buses can be picked up at various locations around Miami and Miami Beach. Sail Seminars are being held, although no information…

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Annual George Town Cruising Regatta, Exumas, Bahamas

February 14 - February 27
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held annually

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 17 - February 18
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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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Catamaran & Couples Cruising Seminars, Miami, FL

February 17 - February 18
Holiday Inn Miami, 340 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132 United States
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These seminars are held in conjunction with the Miami Boat Show but are located at the Holiday Inn on the mainland (not at the main boat show on Virginia Key). The seminars are presented by long-time sailing and cruising instructors Jeff and Jean Grossman.             Jeff and Jean have been presenting couples cruising seminars and instruction for many years about sailing together in harmony, choosing a boat and cruising. They even wrote a book on the subject. The Couples Seminar…

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Force Five Midwinter Championship, Florida Keys

February 18 - February 23
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  The Midwinters will once again be hosted by the Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo.  Sailors arriving early will have use of the club facility to get in some practice racing. For more information go to www.upperkeyssailingclub.com, or http://force5.us/main/.

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Laser Midwinters East, Clearwater, FL

February 20 - February 24
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Clearwater Yacht Club, 830 Bayway Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33767 United States
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Laser Midwinters East, Clearwater, FL Clearwater Yacht Club. 

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Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show, Orange Beach, AL

February 23
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Orange Beach Wharf, 4830 Main Street
Orange Beach, FL
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Annual Gigantic Nautical Flea Market, Islamorada, Florida Keys

February 23 @ 8:00 am - February 24 @ 5:00 pm
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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 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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

J/24 Midwinter Championship, Tampa, FL

March 1 - March 3
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Everglades Challenge, Tampa Bay, FL

March 2 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S,
St. Petersburg, FL 33715 United States
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The Everglades Challenge is an unsupported, expedition-style adventure race for kayaks, canoes and small boats that starts above the high tide mark on the east beach of Fort De Soto Park on Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, FL, and ends in Key Largo. It is run by the Watertribe, whose fearless leader, Steve Issac, conceived of the race in 2000.             This year's event starts at dawn on March 2, although if you want a good look at the boats,…

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Island Nautical Annual Flea Market, St. Petersburg, FL

March 2 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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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Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, Miami, FL

March 3 - March 9
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Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, 2540 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133 United States
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Top-tier one-design boats from around the world race on Biscayne Bay. Melges 24, Viper, Flying Tiger, Star, J/70. Coral Reef Yacht Club and Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. www.bacardiinvitational.com

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Miami Sailing Week, Miami, FL

March 4 - March 10
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Cocountu Grove Sailing Club, 2990 S Bayshore Dr FL 33133 United States + Google Map

Celebrating the 10th anniversary in 2019, this is an annual multi-class regatta in Miami with teams from countries around the world racing on Biscayne Bay. Many consider this to be one of the top ten sailing events in the world. Hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club. www.miamisailingweek.com.

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TrawlerFest, Stuart, FL

March 5 - March 9
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Held Annually in March
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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Seven Seas Cruising Association Gam, St. Petersburg, FL

March 9
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St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Seven Seas Cruising Association Gam, St. Petersburg, FL Held at the St. Petersburg\ Yacht Club. 8am-5pm. A daylong gam with sessions to interest everyone ranging from destination topics to how-to sessions. Contact Karen Nettles at office@ssca.org, or 754-702-5068. Register online at www.ssca.org.

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Crown Cars Regatta, Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, FL

March 9
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St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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This event is now in its 35th year and continues to give participants a great time on the Gulf of Mexico. It is open to all classes with windward/leeward and random-leg courses for different classes. This regatta is a Suncoast Boat of the Year and Gulf Boat of the Year event. NOR and entry forms can be found on the St. Petersburg Yacht club website at www.spyc.org. You can enter these three races for one combined, reduced rate: Pusser’s Rum…

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Miami to Havana

March 13
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Coral Reef Yacht Club, 2484 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133 United States
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The Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC) is the organizer of this race. The race is hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club and the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba. It will begin on March 13 with boats racing down the Florida Keys and heading across the Gulf Stream to Havana wherever the racers decide the best point to do so is. www.HavanaRace.org.

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Dania Marine Flea Market, Hallandale Beach, FL

March 14 - March 17
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Held annually in March
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
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An event every 2 years that begins at 12:00am on day first of March, repeating indefinitely

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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Annual Palm Beach Boat Show

March 28 - March 31
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Downtown West Palm Beach, Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL United States
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Flagler Drive on the water in downtown West Palm Beach. www.showmanagement.com

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Wharf Boat Show, Orange Beach, AL

March 29 - March 31
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Orange Beach Wharf, 4830 Main Street
Orange Beach, FL
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The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show, a powerboat show, is one of the largest in-water displays and exhibitors along the upper Gulf Coast. 4550 Main Street. www.wharfboatshow.com.

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April 2019

Lipton Cup 2019, New Smyrna Beach, FL

April 5 - April 7
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day first of April, repeating indefinitely

Smyrna Yacht Club, New Smyrna Beach, 1201 South Riverside Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 United States
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$50
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Sign up for the Lipton Cup presented by Smyrna Yacht Club.  We are changing the course set up for 2019. Instead of the traditional triangle we will use a windward/leeward course for all three races. Depending on conditions we will be attempting to set two mile legs. The PRO will be Robert Armes of Mount Dora Yacht Club Call Dave Smith 386 426 2800 or go to our web site http://www.smyrnayachtclub.com  

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Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show, Jacksonville, FL

April 5 - April 7
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Metropolitan Park and Marina, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL United States
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Held at the Metropolitan Park and Marina, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville, FL. Friday Noon-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. www.jacksonvilleinwaterboatshow.com

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Sperry Charleston Race Week

April 11 - April 14
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held annually in April
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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