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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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February 2019

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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Force Five Midwinter Championship, Florida Keys

February 18 - February 23
Upper Keys Sailing Club

  The Midwinters will once again be hosted by the Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo.  Sailors arriving early will have use of the club facility to get in some practice racing. For more information go to www.upperkeyssailingclub.com, or http://force5.us/main/.

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Laser Midwinters East, Clearwater, FL

February 20 - February 24
Clearwater Yacht Club, 830 Bayway Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33767 United States
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Laser Midwinters East, Clearwater, FL Clearwater Yacht Club. 

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Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show, Orange Beach, AL

February 23
Orange Beach Wharf, 4830 Main Street
Orange Beach, FL
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Annual Gigantic Nautical Flea Market, Islamorada, Florida Keys

February 23 @ 08:00 - February 24 @ 17:00
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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. 305-712-1818

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March 2019

J/24 Midwinter Championship, Tampa, FL

March 1 - March 3
Davis Island Yacht Club
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Everglades Challenge, Tampa Bay, FL

March 2 @ 07:00 - 17:00
Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S,
St. Petersburg, FL 33715 United States
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The Everglades Challenge is an unsupported, expedition-style adventure race for kayaks, canoes and small boats that starts above the high tide mark on the east beach of Fort De Soto Park on Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, FL, and ends in Key Largo. It is run by the Watertribe, whose fearless leader, Steve Issac, conceived of the race in 2000.             This year's event starts at dawn on March 2, although if you want a good look at the boats,…

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Island Nautical Annual Flea Market, St. Petersburg, FL

March 2 @ 08:00 - 12:00
Island Nautical Store, 2233 3rd Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Island Nautical Annual Nautical Flea Market, St. Petersburg, FL March 2   Spaces available for sellers. Shop for bargains, sell your old stuff or just browse. JSI parking lot at 2233 3rd Ave S., St. Petersburg. 8 am to noon. Call to reserve space at 727-577-3220.    

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Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, Miami, FL

March 3 - March 9
Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, 2540 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133 United States
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Top-tier one-design boats from around the world race on Biscayne Bay. Melges 24, Viper, Flying Tiger, Star, J/70. Coral Reef Yacht Club and Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. www.bacardiinvitational.com

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Miami Sailing Week, Miami, FL

March 4 - March 10
Cocountu Grove Sailing Club, 2990 S Bayshore Dr FL 33133 United States + Google Map

Celebrating the 10th anniversary in 2019, this is an annual multi-class regatta in Miami with teams from countries around the world racing on Biscayne Bay. Many consider this to be one of the top ten sailing events in the world. Hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club. www.miamisailingweek.com.

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TrawlerFest, Stuart, FL

March 5 - March 9
Hutchinson Island Marriott Marina, 555 NE Ocean Blvd
Stuart, FL 34996 United States
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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 7-9 and Seminars March 5-9, starting two days before the show. Attendees can 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.

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Seven Seas Cruising Association Gam, St. Petersburg, FL

March 9
St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Seven Seas Cruising Association Gam, St. Petersburg, FL Held at the St. Petersburg\ Yacht Club. 8am-5pm. A daylong gam with sessions to interest everyone ranging from destination topics to how-to sessions. Contact Karen Nettles at office@ssca.org, or 754-702-5068. Register online at www.ssca.org.

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Crown Cars Regatta, Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, FL

March 9
St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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This event is now in its 35th year and continues to give participants a great time on the Gulf of Mexico. It is open to all classes with windward/leeward and random-leg courses for different classes. This regatta is a Suncoast Boat of the Year and Gulf Boat of the Year event. NOR and entry forms can be found on the St. Petersburg Yacht club website at www.spyc.org. You can enter these three races for one combined, reduced rate: Pusser’s Rum…

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Miami to Havana

March 13
Coral Reef Yacht Club, 2484 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133 United States
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The Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC) is the organizer of this race. The race is hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club and the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba. It will begin on March 13 with boats racing down the Florida Keys and heading across the Gulf Stream to Havana wherever the racers decide the best point to do so is. www.HavanaRace.org.

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Dania Marine Flea Market, Hallandale Beach, FL

March 14 - March 17
Mardi Gras Casino, 831 N Federal Highway
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 United States
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 Annual Dania Marine Flea Market, Mardi Gras Casino, Hallandale Beach, FL, March 14-17 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.

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St. Petersburg to Habana Regatta

March 18
St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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St Petersburg to Havana Cuba regatta logo

Open to boats at least 30 feet PHRF Spinnaker, PHRF Non-Spinnaker, PHRF Cruising (cruising spinnakers allowed), PHRF Multihull, ORC, IRC St. Petersburg March 16: Registration & Seminars, Skippers Meeting, Competitors & Dignitaries Dinner March 17: Skipper & Crew Party March 18: 11:00am Start of Race Cuba March 19-20: Vessels Arriving at Marina Hemingway, Cuba March 21: Welcome Party at Hemingway International Yacht Club de Cuba March 22: Captain’s Meeting for Torreon de la Chorrera Regatta & Happy Hour March 23:…

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Florida Keys Youth Sailing Regatta, Key West, FL

March 23
Key West Community Sailing Center, 705 Palm Avenue
Key West, FL United States
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The Florida Keys Youth Sailing Regatta will be held at the Key West Community Sailing Center. Youth sailors ages 9 to 17 from the Marathon Sailing Center, the Upper Keys Sailing Club and the KWCSC Youth Sailing Team will participate in individual and team competitions. Competition will be held aboard open Bics, Sunfish and Lasers. This is the inaugural regatta of the series, with future events to be hosted by the Marathon and Upper Keys clubs. A cook-out and party…

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St. Augustine Race Week, St. Augustine, FL

March 23 - March 30
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First Coast Sailing Association sponsors this event. This year St. Augustine Race Week has expanded from 4 days to a 5-day event. The Youth Regatta, featuring 420 dinghies, will be held the weekend before the bigger boat races. They will once again race downtown just south of historic Castillo de San Marcos in full view of spectators. Boats 30 feet and under compete in the inshore series held in the Tolomato River just north of the Vilano Bridge in St.…

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Annual Palm Beach Boat Show

March 28 - March 31
Downtown West Palm Beach, Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL United States
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Flagler Drive on the water in downtown West Palm Beach. www.showmanagement.com

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Wharf Boat Show, Orange Beach, AL

March 29 - March 31
Orange Beach Wharf, 4830 Main Street
Orange Beach, FL
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The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show, a powerboat show, is one of the largest in-water displays and exhibitors along the upper Gulf Coast. 4550 Main Street. www.wharfboatshow.com.

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Charleston In-Water Boat Show, Charleston, SC

March 29 - March 31
Bristol Marina, 185 Lockwood Dr
Charleston, SC United States
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This show is held at Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park, 185 Lockwood Blvd. www.charlestoninwaterboatshow.com.  

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Indian River Marine Flea Market, Vero Beach, FL

March 30 - March 31
Indian River Fairgrounds, 7955 58th Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32967 United States
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April 2019

Lipton Cup 2019, New Smyrna Beach, FL

April 5 - April 7
Smyrna Yacht Club, New Smyrna Beach, 1201 South Riverside Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 United States
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$50
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Sign up for the Lipton Cup presented by Smyrna Yacht Club.  We are changing the course set up for 2019. Instead of the traditional triangle we will use a windward/leeward course for all three races. Depending on conditions we will be attempting to set two mile legs. The PRO will be Robert Armes of Mount Dora Yacht Club Call Dave Smith 386 426 2800 or go to our web site http://www.smyrnayachtclub.com  

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Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show, Jacksonville, FL

April 5 - April 7
Metropolitan Park and Marina, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL United States
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Held at the Metropolitan Park and Marina, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville, FL. Friday Noon-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. www.jacksonvilleinwaterboatshow.com

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Ted Irwin’s Memorial Pusser’s Rum Cup, St. Petersburg, FL

April 6
St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, this is west Florida’s largest one-day sailboat race. All classes are invited and racing is in Tampa Bay. Courses will be around Government Marks. Pusser’s hats, great food and Pusser’s Rum parties. Notice of Race and Entry Forms can be found on the SPYC website at www.spyc.org.

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