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April 2018

Tall Ships Challenge – Texas, Louisiana, Florida

April 5, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Tall ships will be racing and holding port festivals along the Gulf Coast in April: Galveston, TX, April 5-8; New Orleans, LA, April 18-22; Pensacola, FL, April 12-15.

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11th Annual Fort Myers Beach Cruiser’s Appreciation Day

April 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Town of Fort Myers Beach will again celebrate Cruiser’s Appreciation Day and the success of its 70 mooring ball anchorage from Noon – 3pm on Saturday, April 7. The anchorage has been providing a wonderful sub-tropical destination for waterway cruisers, including easy access to one of the world’s finest beaches. Cruiser’s Appreciation Day will have food and beverages, live entertainment, giveaways, a raffle and more. The celebration will be located at Matanzas Inn, the upland provider for the mooring field.

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8th Annual West Marine Stand-up Paddle Board Carolina Cup, Wrightsville Beach, NC

April 18, 2018 - April 22, 2018

The world’s largest gathering of stand-up paddleboard racers will be held at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Over 1000 competitors from the around the world.

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34th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party

April 26, 2018 - April 29, 2018

Individuals on the beach throwing a mullet from a circle in Alabama to the state line in Florida to benefit local charities. Largest Beach Party in the South.

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34th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party

April 26, 2018 - April 29, 2018
Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr.
Pensacola, Florida 32507
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Individuals on the beach throwing a mullet from a circle in Alabama to the state line in Florida to benefit local charities. Largest Beach Party in the South.

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May 2018

34th Annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet

May 4, 2018 - May 6, 2018
Cedar Key Cedar Key, Florida + Google Map

This annual event is completely informal. Tides and weather are still the only organization. There are no planned events, signups, or fees. For more info, contact Hugh Horton at (586) 215-7060, or huhorton@gmail.com. Everyone meets at City Park at 9 a.m. each day. A weekend of fun on the water, it brings meaning to the expression “messing around in boats.” Open to anyone, with no fees. All shallow draft boats are welcome: canoes and kayaks, catboats and catamarans; trimarans, rowboats…

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Boat Rally to Panama

May 15, 2018 - June 1, 2018

A rally or gaggle to get you out of the hurricane zone to Panama - the ultimate cruising ground in the Americas. Leave from Key West in Mid-May, make stops and meet along the way, reaching Panama around June 1. Spend as much time as you like in Panama, your boat can stay indefinitely (hurricanes don't hit Panama)

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July 2018

SSCA 2018 Penobscot Bay (Maine) Gam

July 27, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - July 29, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
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held annually in July
Sail, Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic Street
Rockland, 04841 United States
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sailboat and dinghies in raft up at SSCA Gam

Gam. NOUN—“A social meeting of two (or more) Whaleships, generally on a cruising-ground; when, after exchanging hails, they exchange visits by boats’ crews…” (Herman Melville, Moby Dick) Whether you’re wondering what Cruising by boat is all about, are thinking about cruising the Maine coast, or have 100,000 miles under the keel, you need to attend the 28th annual Penobscot Bay Gam in Rockland, Maine! Plan now to join us at the Maine Sail, Power & Steam Museum, located at 75…

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September 2018

Dragon Boat Festival, Pensacola, FL

September 8, 2018
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day first of September, repeating indefinitely

Bayview Park, 2001 E. Lloyd St.
Pensacola, FL United States
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40 teams compete in Dragon Boat racing. Benefit for Gulf Coast Kids’ House. Bayview Park, 2001 E. Lloyd St. http://pensacoladragonboatfestival.com

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Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup

September 15, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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31st Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup, Sept. 15 Go to www.AlabamaCoastalCleanup.com to find cleanup zones in your area. Call 251-928-9792 for more information. 8am to noon.

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October 2018

IBEX — 2018 International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, Tampa, FL

October 2, 2018 - October 4, 2018
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One event on February 18, 2019 at 12:00am

Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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IBEX — 2018 International Boatbuilders' Exhibition & Conference, Tampa, FL, Oct. 2-4 Owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), IBEX is the marine industry's largest technical trade event. The event is for boatbuilders, marine industry dealers, aftermarket suppliers and buyers, designers, repairers, surveyors, and boatyard/marine operators. Over 5,000 boatbuilders, boatyard/marina operators, designers, surveyors, retailers, dealers and other industry professionals from more than 50 countries will attend. Over 500 exhibitors are at the show.…

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America’s Great Loop Cruiser’s Association Fall Rendezvous, Rogersville, AL

October 3, 2018
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day first of October, repeating indefinitely

Rogersville Rogersville, AL United States + Google Map

America’s Great Loop Cruiser’s Association Fall Rendezvous, Rogersville, AL, Oct. 3. This is the AGLCA’s largest annual rendezvous and reunion, but it sold out early (by July 17). You can get on the waiting list at www.greatloop.org. New this year are the Looper Crawls, which is for people who want to come to the Rendezvous just to see the boats in the Marina. AGLCA members can still by tickets for that.

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2018 World Sailing Annual Conference, Sarasota, FL

October 27, 2018 - November 4, 2018
Hyatt Regency Sarasota, FL United States + Google Map

The World Sailing Annual Conference is the biggest gathering of the world governing body for the sport of sailing. In addition to the Conference, Sarasota County will also host the Offshore Racing Congress and the Yacht Racing Forum at the same time. The conference will be the first time the event is held in the United States For general information on the agenda, go to http://www.sailing.org/news/87286.php#.W83QeXtJGXI To view the event live on YouTube, click here  

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November 2018

Annual Seven Seas Cruising Association Gam, Melbourne, FL

November 9, 2018 - November 11, 2018
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day first of November, repeating indefinitely

SSCA will be holding their biggest party of the year when cruising enthusiasts meet on Florida’s Space Coast in November. Vendor Appreciation and Camaraderie Cocktail Party is held on Friday evening. The annual general meeting, open to all members, will be held on Saturday, followed by a buffet and guest speaker, Addison Chan, who will give a presentation on Cuba. Also held is a Nautical Flea Market on Sunday. Numerous seminars are held over the weekend on various subjects. Concurrent…

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Annual Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association Meeting, Wrightsville Beach, NC

November 15, 2018 - November 16, 2018
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day first of November, repeating indefinitely

Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 United States
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Annual Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association Meeting, Wrightsville Beach, NC, Nov. 15-16 This annual conference will be at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Interested parties and Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) advocates are urged to attend. The AIWA is an alliance of recreational boating and commercial maritime interests. www.atlanticintracoastal.org.  

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December 2018

33rd Annual Boca Ciega Yacht Club Gulfport Christmas Boat Parade

December 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Boca Ciega Yacht Club, 4600 Tifton Drive South
Gulfport, FL 33711 United States
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Boat parade sailboats and dates

Each year, BCYC members and members of the general public come together to spread holiday joy by decking the hulls and heading out on Boca Ciega Bay to parade the BCYC way! Participants need only a simple fee to enter - two (or more!) unwrapped toys for Operation Santa. Operation Santa, coordinated by the Gulfport police department, collects toys for the children of Gulfport whose holidays would be sadder without the generosity of the community. In turn BCYC depends on…

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Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, Orlando, FL

December 9, 2018 - December 12, 2018
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day 9 of December, repeating indefinitely

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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January 2019

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

January 23 - January 25
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day first of January, repeating indefinitely

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

January 27
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An event every month that begins at 8:00am on day Last of the month, repeating until April 28, 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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