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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October 2018

29th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, Georgetown, SC

October 20 - October 21
South Carolina Maritime Museum, 729 Front St.
Georgetown, SC 29440 United States
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Free

This FREE event is one of the largest wooden boat shows in the country with over 140 classic wooden boats displayed on land and water, a wooden boatbuilding competition, children’s model boatbuilding, knot tying, maritime art and crafts, food and music. The show takes place on the waterfront and along Front Street in historic downtown Georgetown. All proceeds benefit the South Carolina Maritime Museum. www.woodenboatshow.com.

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CANCELED: USA Junior Olympics Sailing Festival – River Romp Regatta, N. Fort Myers, FL

October 20 - October 21

For more information on the cancellation, go here   Edison Sailing Center. Laser, Radial, Laser 4.7, Club 420, Optimist.    For all JUNIOR OLYMPIC SAILING FESTIVALS, Go to www.ussailing.org for upcoming festivals.

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21st Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market, Cortez, FL

October 20 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
lorida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th Street West
Cortez, FL 34215 United States
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21st Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market, Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez, FL, Oct. 20 In the last few years, this flea market has grown to be one of the largest marine flea markets in the region. Searching for deals amongst the piles of new, used and eclectic maritime treasures has never been so much fun. Lots of used boat stuff, and some new boat stuff, will be available for sale and trade, so bring your whole family and enjoy some live music—even…

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49th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, Cedar Key, FL

October 20 @ 9:00 am - October 21 @ 5:00 pm
Cedar Key Cedar Key, FL United States + Google Map

49th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, Cedar Key, FL, Oct. 20-21. Parade, arts and crafts, lots of seafood. 9-5 pm. This major event features well over 200 arts and crafts exhibits, and great food in City Park. www.cedarkey.org

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37th Annual John’s Pass Seafood & Music Festival, John’s Pass Village, FL

October 25 @ 10:00 am - October 28 @ 10:00 pm
Johns Pass Village Johns Pass Village, FL United States + Google Map

37th Annual John's Pass Seafood & Music Festival, John’s Pass Village, FL A bounty of fresh seafood featuring the favorite Madeira Beach Grouper. Thursday 3pm-10pm. Friday 10am-10pm. Saturday 10am-10pm. Sunday 10am-6pm. Johns Pass Village, Madeira Beach, FL. www.johnspassseafoodfest.com. 

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7th Annual Wooden Boat Show, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC

October 26 - October 27
Roanoke Island Maritime Museum, 104 Fernando St.
Manteo, NC 27954 United States
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Hosted by the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum, this event is held on the downtown Manteo waterfront. For those who want to exhibit their boat, by email, or call 252-475-1750.

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2018 World Sailing Annual Conference, Sarasota, FL

October 27 - November 4
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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58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

October 31 - November 4

Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Ft. Lauderdale. Largest boat show in the world, covering seven sites. Nearly 1,500 vessels with approximately 150 Super yachts, marine supplies, accessories, electronics. (Very few sailboats.) Cost: Adults $33. Wed. 12-7 (prime viewing at $51.00), Thurs-Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-6. (954) 764-7642.

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November 2018

F16 North Americans, Clearwater, FL

November 1 - November 4
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Surf to Sound SUP Paddle Board Competition

November 2 - November 4
Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina + Google Map

SUP Paddleboard Racing. The Surf to Sound is an entire weekend of fun for the whole family at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC. The race is organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club–organizers of the Carolina Cup.

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55th Annual Florida Seafood Festival Carnival, Battery Park, Apalachicola, FL

November 2 @ 10:00 am - November 3 @ 10:30 pm
Battery Park Apalachicola, FL United States + Google Map

55th Annual Florida Seafood Festival Carnival, Battery Park, Apalachicola, FL, Nov. 2-3. The state's oldest seafood festival drawing thousands of visitors to this scenic historic town at the mouth of the Apalachicola River. The festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, seafood related events and displays. Some of the notable events include oyster eating, oyster shucking, a parade, a 5k Redfish Run, a Blue Crab race and a Blessing of the Fleet. 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (11:00 p.m.…

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Annual Sarasota Yacht Club Invitational Regatta

November 3
Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34236
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38th Annual Sarasota Yacht Club Invitational Regatta, Nov. 3 This is one of the largest and oldest regattas on Sarasota Bay. Both One-Design and PHRF Racing. One-Design classes: Flying Scot, VX One, Viper 640, Opti, Laser, 420, Open BIC. PHRF classes: Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, Multihull, True Cruising, Pocket Cruiser, Racer Cruiser. Skippers Party on Friday. Entry includes two dinner wristbands for awards dinner with pig roast, plus T-Shirt, drink specials and Sunday coffee and Scones. Co-sponsored by Mount Gay Rum.            …

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Annual Seven Seas Cruising Association Gam, Melbourne, FL

November 9 - November 11

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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46th Fort Myers Boat Show

November 15 - November 18
Harborside Convention Complex, 1375 Monroe St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Harborside Convention Complex and City Yacht Basin, Fort Myers, FL. 10-6 Thursday-Saturday, 10-5 Sunday. $12, under 15 free with paid adult admission.

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Annual Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association Meeting, Wrightsville Beach, NC

November 15 - November 16
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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Nassau Cup Race Miami to Nassau

November 15
Coral Reef Yacht Club, 2484 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133 United States
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85th Nassau Cup Race Miami to Nassau, Nov. 15 Running since 1934, this 176-nautical mile race crosses the Gulf Stream and is known for its share of great racers and dramatic weather. Competitors over the race’s history include race winner Ted Turner on Tenacious to the more recent four-time winner, Jim Bishop, on Gold Digger. Past contenders for the Cup include Dennis Conner, Dick Bertram, Ted Hood and Bobby Symonette. Monohull and multihull boats 30 feet and over are invited.…

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Nautical Garage Sale — One Day Only, Sarasota

November 17 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sarasota, 2100 20th Street
Sarasota, FL 34234 United States
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Free

Sail Loft/Canvas Shop closing. Everything must go. Cloth, line, Velcro, zippers, etc. Tube bender, swage machine, sewing machines, tools, enclosed trailer, plotter. Sails, rigging, items too numerous to mention. Come see for yourself. No reasonable offer refused. We have what you use everyday, come buy it for a HUGE discount. One day only. Nov. 17, 8:00 – 2:00, 2100 20th St, Sarasota, FL Info: 941 302-3259.  

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St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show

November 29 - December 2
Mahaffey Theater & Yacht Basin, 400 1st Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 United States
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Docks at the St. Petersburg Sail and Powerboat Show

The largest in-water boat show in the Gulf. Hundreds of in-water boats, both sail and power, with boats on land, hundreds of exhibitors in a beautiful location in St. Petersburg, FL. Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park. 400 First St. South, St. Petersburg. 10-6 Thursday-Friday. 10-7 Saturday, 10-5 Sunday. $17. Free 15 and under. www.stpeteboatshow.com

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Melges 20 Winter Series, South Florida

November 30 - December 2

Melges 20 Winter Series, South Florida, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, February 8-10, March 15-17 The Melges 20 Winter Series is three events held annually for the large fleet of Melges 20s that campaign in Southern states and the Caribbean each winter. All events are held at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club: Event 1 is the Melges World League (NA) Event No. 5; Event 2 is the Miami Winter Regatta; and event 3 is the Melges Rocks Regatta. After Event 3, Melges…

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December 2018

USA Junior Olympics Sailing Festival, Jensen Beach, FL

December 1 - December 2
US Sailing Center Martin County, 1955 NE Indian River Drive
Jensen Beach, FL 34957 United States
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US Sailing Center Martin County. Radial, Laser 4.7, Open BIC, RS Feva, Club 420, Optimist. Contact Alan Jenkinson at alan@usscmc.org.  

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Wave Nationals, Miami, FL

December 1 - December 2
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Rick White Memorial Steeplechase, Key Largo, FL

December 8 - December 9
Key Largo Key Largo, FL United States + Google Map

35th Rick White Memorial Steeplechase, Key Largo, FL, Dec. 8-9 A 110-mile trek around Key Largo for beach catamarans. The race draws top world-class sailors from around the country and world. This race, originally just called the Steeplechase, was renamed after Rick White, who passed away in January 2017. The event is now managed by the non-profit SSPUSA, organizers of the Florida 300 and Hiram’s Haul. www.SailSeriesPromotions.com

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Rick White Memorial Steeplechase, Key Largo, FL

December 8 - December 9
Key Largo Key Largo, FL United States + Google Map

35th Rick White Memorial Steeplechase, Key Largo, FL, Dec. 8-9 A 110-mile trek around Key Largo for beach catamarans. The race draws top world-class sailors from around the country and world. This race, originally just called the Steeplechase, was renamed after Rick White, who passed away in January 2017. The event is now managed by the non-profit SSPUSA, organizers of the Florida 300 and Hiram’s Haul. 

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33rd Annual Boca Ciega Yacht Club Gulfport Christmas Boat Parade

December 8 @ 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 - 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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