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Marine- and Boating-Related 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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This race, if you could call it 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 and visitors…Find out more »
This forum, first held in 2014, gathers leaders from sail training, education, yacht clubs, sailing organizations, race officials and industry professionals to discuss and exchange ideas and trends in all aspects of sail. Keynote speakers and group sessions work on growing the sport and developing programs to help it grow to keep sailing “vibrant and strong for future generations of sailors.” The event is held at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL. Late registration is available at…Find out more »
SSCA will present a one-day Gam at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club beginning at 8:00 AM on February 10, 2018. Traditionally, a “gam” was the term used by whalers when they met up with other ships in a calm sea and were able to safely pass news from folks back home between boats. For over 60 years, SSCA has hosted cruiser events around the world, allowing cruisers to share information, stories, and tales of adventures. While SSCA has chosen to…Find out more »
The 53rd Annual Gasparilla Regatta will have Spinnaker and Non-spinnakers classes racing on a windward/leeward course. There will also be Cruisers, Racer Cruisers and the Motherload class racing on a long course. New this year is a Doublehannd class that will also race the long course! Come get fed a hot breakfast and enjoy racing on Tampa Bay with us! Enjoy the awards dinner and party afterwards at the TSS clubhouse!Find out more »
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. The Couples Seminar will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17. The Catamaran…Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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. 305-712-1818Find out more »
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…Find out more »
40th Annual Dania Marine Flea Market, Mardi Gras Casino, Hallandale Beach, FL, March 1-4 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.Find out more »
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 8-11 and Seminars March 6-11. Attendees 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.Find out more »