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December 2018

Rick White Memorial Steeplechase, Key Largo, FL

December 8, 2018 - December 9, 2018
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, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Boca Ciega Yacht Club, 4600 Tifton Drive South
Gulfport, FL 33711 United States
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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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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, 2018 - December 30, 2018
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day 27 of December, repeating indefinitely

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, 2018 - December 29, 2018
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 - January 6
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held annually in January
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Houston International Boat Show

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

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

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

January 11 - January 13
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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 - January 13
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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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Annual Big Pine Key Nautical Flea Market, Florida Keys

January 12 - January 13
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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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Annual Nautical Flea Market, Pompano Beach, FL

January 19 - January 20
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Pompano Beach Community Park, 820 NE 18th Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL
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International Marina & Boatyard Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Jan. 23-25

January 23 - January 25
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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 - January 27
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Annual Port Salerno Seafood Festival, Port Salerno, FL

January 26
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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
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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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Pineapple Cup, Miami to Montego Bay, Jamaica

January 27
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Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, 2540 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133 United States
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Established in 1961, the Pineapple Cup is a classic 811-mile “beat, reach and run” ocean race that has been dubbed “the best ocean race in the world” by its devotees, including three-time winner and media mogul Ted Turner. After the start in Miami, boats sail to the Northwest Providence Channel in the Bahamas and then race down the eastern side of the Bahamas, then east of Cuba through the Windward Passage to Montego Bay.             The race is hosted at…

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2019 National Sailing Programs Symposium, Jacksonville, FL

January 31 @ 8:00 am - February 2 @ 5:00 pm
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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

505 Midwinters, Clearwater, FL

February 1 - February 3
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Gasparilla Regatta, Tampa, FL

February 10
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Tampa Sailing Squadron, 1250 Apollo Beach Blvd.
Apollo Beach, Florida 33572
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Tampa Sailing Squadron's Gasparilla Regatta is the hot ticket for your February racing fix! On Saturday, Feb. 10, there will be Spinnaker, Non-spinnaker, Racer Cruiser, Cruising and Motherload classes competing on Tampa Bay.             Also, “NEW” is a Doublehand class that races around our long course! Our recent dredging of the main channel has been very popular and this is the only regatta in Tampa Bay where you will be fed a hot breakfast before racing.             Following racing is…

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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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St. Petersburg National Offshore One-Design (NOODS) Regatta

February 15 - February 17
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St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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St. Petersburg National Offshore One-Design (NOODS) Regatta, Feb. 15-17 The St. Petersburg Yacht Club is host for this annual regatta. The NOOD regatta features several separate one-design classes, and PHRF racing with a combination of windward/leeward and distance racing courses. Entries from across the eastern half of the U.S. attend. Six NOOD Regattas are held around the country annually. Go to the Sailing World NOOD website for more information at www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas.

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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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