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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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April 2019

Annual Fort Myers Beach Cruiser’s Appreciation Day, Ft. Myers Beach, FL

April 6 @ 12:00 - 15:00

The Fort Myers Beach Anchorage Advisory Committee in cooperation with Matanzas on the Bay invite the general public and all mooring field patrons to celebrate the 12th Annual Cruiser’s Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 6, from noon to 3pm in the Matanzas on the Bay waterfront courtyard. The event will feature free admission for all, barbeque, live entertainment, drinks, door prizes, giveaways and friendly island hospitality. This year’s menu items include Smoked Ribs and Caribbean Pork Shank with sides, Smoked…

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Sperry Charleston Race Week

April 11 - April 14
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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Oriental In-Water Boat Show & Nautical Flea Market, Oriental, NC

April 12 - April 14
Oriental Harbor Marina Docks Oriental, NC United States + Google Map
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Suncoast Race Week, Tampa Bay, FL

April 12 - April 14
St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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This event is hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in cooperation with the Davis Island Yacht Club and Bradenton Yacht Club. It is a long-standing tradition among regattas on Tampa Bay, with three days of racing, beginning with registration on Thursday evening at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and racing to the Bradenton Yacht Club on Friday. Due to a cancellation of the races the previous year at Bradenton, racing will be held on Saturday and Sunday out of…

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Annual Kemah Crawfish Festival, Kemah, TX

April 19 - April 21
Kemah Bridge, 300 3rd Street
Kemah, TX United States
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Annual Kemah Crawfish Festival, Kemah, TX, April 19-21 Affordable crawfish and other foods will be served and sold with new cooking units that plan to cook 6000 pounds of boiled crawfish per hour. Held under the Kemah Bridge at 300 3rd Street. www.gulfcoastfestivals.com.

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Waterway Zydeco & Crawfish Festival, Gulf Shores, AL

April 20
Waterway Village Gulf Shores, AL United States + Google Map

Fresh boiled crawfish and zydeco music by some of New Orleans Best Bands, along with arts and crafts display. East 24th Avenue in the Waterway Village of Gulf Shores. http://www.gulfcoastartsalliance.com 

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

April 24 - April 28
Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 United States
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Annual West Marine Stand-up Paddle Board Carolina Cup,  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. www.wrightsvillebeachpaddleclub.com/carolina-cup.

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Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival

April 26 - April 28
Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE 6th St.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
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New location this year: Pompano Beach Community Park & Amphitheater - featuring fresh local seafood prepared by area restaurants. Live Music plus more than 175 vendor booths with everything from arts and crafts to clothing, to gifts, to kid’s items and more.  It is an interesting and eclectic mix of products and local businesses.  Plus boats and cars on display. Bring your own chair too.

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Annual Suncoast Boat Show, Sarasota, FL

April 26 - April 28
Marina Jack’s, 2 Marina Plaza
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States
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Power boats, as well as vendors selling gear. Marina Jack’s in downtown Sarasota. www.ShowManagement.com

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Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party, Pensacola, FL

April 26 - April 28
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. Held at the Flora-Bama Lounge, Package & Oyster Bar, Perdido Key, FL, at the Florida-Alabama Stateline. www.florabama.com.

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Nautical Gin Sarasota Bay Cup, Sarasota, FL

April 26
Bird Key Yacht Club, 301 Bird Key Dr
Sarasota, 34236 United States
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Nautical Gin and Bird Key Yacht Club are teaming up to present this regatta. The regatta is open to both PHRF and several One-Design fleets. Go to www.birdkeyyc.com, and www.regattanetwork.com/event/18256, for more information.  

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Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival, Pensacola, FL

April 26 - April 28
Pensacola Community Maritime Park, 301 west Main St.
Pensacola, FL United States
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The Pensacola Crawfish Festival has a wide variety of Cajun fare such as crawfish poboys, crawfish pies, and over 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish, along with chicken baskets, red beans and rice, gyros, bloomin' onions, kettle corn, apple dumplins and Deep Fried Brownies.   Held at a new location this year at the Community Maritime Park at 301 W Main St. www.fiestapensacola.org/pensacola-crawfish-festival

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Conch Republic Cup/Key West Race Week and Race to Cuba

April 27
Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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The Conch Republic Cup/Key West Race Week race begins on April 27 with a welcome party at the Schooner Wharf Bar and Grill in Key West. Schooner Wharf sponsors the Wrecker’s Race Series which starts on the last Sunday in January and ends with the last Sunday in April. The last race is April 28 and will be the kick-off of the Conch Republic Cup.             The race will start at 12 noon on April 28 at the Sand Key…

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Women’s Challenge Regatta, Gulfport, Florida

April 27
Boca Ciega Yacht Club, 4600 Tifton Drive South
Gulfport, FL 33711 United States
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$50.00

The Women's Challenge Regatta, formerly known as the Bikini Cup and sponsored for many years by the Windjammers of Clearwater, is back again this year.  It is a goal of the Rhumb Runners at Boca Ciega Yacht Club to promote and support women's sailing. This regatta has a rich history of doing exactly that. Women of the Gulf Coast, assemble your teams, find a fast PHRF-rated boat and start practicing for the 2019 WCR to be held on Saturday, April…

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Morgan Invasion and Tampa Bay Hospice Cup, Tampa, FL

April 27
Davis Island Yacht Club

Morgan Invasion and Tampa Bay Hospice Cup, Tampa, FL, April 27 This is a major fund-raising event that benefits both LifePath Hospice in Hillsborough County and Suncoast Hospice in Pinellas County. Hosted by the Davis Island Yacht Club. www.tampabayhospicecup.com.

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First Coast Nautical Flea Market, St. Augustine, FL

April 27 @ 09:00 - April 28 @ 14:00
St. Augustine Marine Center, 404 Riberia St.
St. Augustine, FL United States
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Sponsored by Sailors Exchange, this event is held at the St. Augustine Marine Center at 404 Riberia St. Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 9am- 2pm. Suzuki Demo Days will be on site offering free rides to the public. A wide variety of marine goods and antique boating items will be for sale. There will also be food trucks and a fishing seminar for the kids. Spots are filling up fast. This event is free to the public and space is available to sellers…

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Festival Marketplace Boat Show & Marine Market

April 27 @ 10:00 - April 28 @ 16:00
Festival Marketplace, 2900 W Sample Rd
Pompano Beach, FL, 33073
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Free
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This Boat Show and Marine Market will be held in the north west parking lot in front of the Festival Marketplace (2900 W Sample Rd, Pompano Beach, 33073) on April 27-28 from 10am-4pm each day. FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING for guests! This family event includes New and used boats for sale, New and used Marine Merchandise,  a Fishing Derby for fun and prizes, a live DJ, a Kids Fun Zone and a public boat and vehicle auction!

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May 2019

Annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet, Cedar Key, FL

May 3 - May 5
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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Annual Mug Race, Jacksonville, FL

May 4
The Rudder Club, 8533 Malaga Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32204 United States
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66th Annual Mug Race, Jacksonville, FL, May 4 The Rudder Club of Jacksonville hosts this race, touted as the longest river sailboat race in America. The race along the beautiful St. Johns has challenged thousands of sailors through the years, as they test their skills against the river's currents, bends and changing winds. Boats compete for the coveted Mug or to win one of the 50 class trophies. The race starts in Palatka.

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America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association Spring Rendezvous, Norfolk, VA

May 6 - May 9

Educational seminars on navigation and information on the portion of the Loop between Norfolk and the Tennessee River (site of the fall rendezvous), presented by experienced cruisers. Register early as this event is often sold out.

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Annual Bone Island Regatta, West Florida to Key West

May 15 - May 18

10th Annual Bone Island Regatta, West Florida to Key West, May 15-18 This is a Boat of the Year race for the Sarasota Bay Yachting Association. This regatta has two start locations, Sarasota and Tampa Bay, both starting on May 15, times to be determined. Multihulls and monohulls. All boats must hold a current, valid WFPHRF rating. Entry fee is $125 through March 31, then $150 through April 30 and $175 starting May 1. Final deadline for entry is 5pm…

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Hui Wharram Rendezvous, Islamorada, Florida Keys

May 17 - May 19
Lorelei Restaurant, 96 Madeira Rd
Islamorada, FL 33036 United States
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Free
wharram catamaran logo

2017 Wharram Hui. Photo by Brandon Gamble The 15ish Florida Hui Wharram will take place back in the Florida Keys at the Lorelei restaurant in Islamorada. The Lorelei welcomes Wharramites to raft up off the beach. Beach catamarans will have easy shore access. The Lorelei will also host dinner under the white-top tent for a reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, May 18 (advanced registration required).             A “Hui Wharram” or “Hui-owaa-Kaulaua-Wharram” is a gathering of Wharram boats and sailors.…

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2nd Annual Most Memorable Regatta

May 17 - May 24
Davis Island Yacht Club
$125 – $140.00

The 2nd Annual "Most Memorable Regatta" is a SW FL BOTY event and will start races in a variety of classes on May 17 off Fort Myers Beach to Tampa Bay. Davis Island Yacht Club, Tampa will offer free docks and mooring on a first come basis. and host the awards and BBQ on May 18. The race continues from Tampa Bay to Fort Myers Beach on May 24 with a rockin' yachting awards party on May 26 at Fort…

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June 2019

Annual Commodore’s Cup, Tampa Sailing Squadron, Apollo Beach, FL

June 8
Tampa Sailing Squadron, 1250 Apollo Beach Blvd.
Apollo Beach, Florida 33572
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15th Annual Commodore’s Cup, Tampa Sailing Squadron, Apollo Beach, FL, June 8 The 15th Annual Commodore’s Cup will be hosted by Tampa Sailing Squadron on June 8 in Apollo Beach. Following the racing is the Commodore’s Cup Awards Dinner and party.             Racing classes: Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, Racer Cruiser, Cruising and Mother Lode. The Mother Lode class does not require a PHRF rating. Boats are assigned a rating based on their equipment and the captain's experience.             A pre-race skipper’s meeting and…

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Annual Regatta Time in Abaco, Bahamas

June 25 - July 4

44th Annual Regatta Time in Abaco, June 25-July 4 “It’s a party every night...in a different location.” This annual regatta is one of the most famous in the Bahamas and Florida. The regatta goes on for 10 days with parties and racing on different islands. The event starts at Pete’s Pub in Little Harbour, then goes on to Hope Town, Marsh Harbour, Guana Cay, Treasure Cay, and the lat stop on Green Turtle Cay with the Cheeseburger Party. Regatta organizers…

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