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Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training 

Exclusive, ON-THE-WATER Workshops offered only at the show!

Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to improving your sailing skills and learning new ones. This year’s show features a selection of on-the-water skills workshops designed to add more fun and excitement to your boat show experience…and take your sailing skills up a notch. Whether you are a newcomer or an experienced sailor, there’s something for everyone—from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers! 

LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS. All sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors from the American Sailing Association (ASA).

All participants must be able to work as an active crew member while underway; crew members under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.   


Two-hour workshops
On-the-water, skills-building workshops offer instruction on specific sailing skills. Choose from:       
  • Docking Under Power   
  • Introduction to Sailing  
  • Coastal Cruising      
Advance registration fee is $35 for each event or $50 on-site. Price does not include boat show admission. For details, course descriptions and to register in advance  CLICK HERE.
3 ½ hour workshops
These underway sessions offer a more in-depth experience and additional practice time. Choose from: 
  • Sailing Made Easy               
  • Advanced Sailing Skills 
  • Introduction to Cruising Catamarans
Space in these popular workshops is very limited and advance registration is highly recommended. There is an advance registration fee of $99 or $125 on-site for each event. Participants who register in advance will receive FREE boat show admission for the day. For details, course descriptions abd to register in advance, CLICK HERE.


Back for 2014—The /lib/img/gallery/img12122713535.gif Valentine’s Day Giveaway & Sweepstakes

Celebrate Valentines Day. Friday February 14th at the Progressive® Insurance Strictly Sail® Miami show! Love is in the air…Love for sailing that is! The first 100 couples to arrive Friday will receive an /lib/img/gallery/img12122713535.gif T shirt and a special prize just for the ladies.
Can't make it to the show but still want to show your passion for sailing? Two ways to win:
Show the world how much you love sailing! Simply “like” us on Facebook and submit a picture expressing your true love—for sailing. The most passionate entry will win A Cupid’s Couples Dream Charter, courtesy of Dream Yacht Charters. Click here for charter details (Value $5000.00).
Pictures** uploaded to Facebook from 1/27/14 to 02/13/14 will be entered to win. Enter as many times as you like. Entries will be judged by NMMA staff; all decisions are final. Winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day Friday, February 14, 2014. Visit the Strictly Sail Facebook Page to upload your photo between 1/27 - 2/13/14.
**Picture become the property of the show and may be used to market show promotions.**
Don’t have a photo but still want to win?  With this year's show opening the day before Valentine's Day, romance will be in the air…and we want to show some love to our Thursday guests! The first 100 couples to enter the show Thursday February 13, will receive /lib/img/gallery/img12122713535.gif T-shirts, and will be entered for a chance to win admission to the Saturday, February 15th Cruising Couples seminar, presented by Jeff & Jean Grossman of Two Can Sail. Details forthcoming.

NEW! Two Can Sail—Hosted by couples instructors, lifelong cruisers & Captains,
Jean Levine & Jeff Grossman

Most cruising is done by couples.Two Can Sail, the American Sailing Association (ASA), Blue Water Sailing magazine, and Weems & Plath, are sponsoring this seminar to help couples learn how to take the drama out of their dream—from choosing the right boat to sailing away together in harmony.
Seminar Fee: $295/couple  ($175 single),  $25 discount for ASA Members.
For more information or to register:
visit  www.twocansail.com/Seminars or email info@TwoCanSail.com or call us at 727-644-7496

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NEW for 2014! US Sailing 4-hour Coastal Safety at Sea Course

Date: February 15, 2014
Time: 9am – 1pm

Location: Holiday Inn (across the street from Bayside Marketplace)

In support of coastal races and cruising, US Sailing now offers Coastal Safety at Sea Seminars. The new half-day seminars are for skippers and crewmembers who participate in coastal or nearshore races or passages, and are designed to help them understand the latest safety practices and ensure that they are familiar with the gear necessary to be safe. The curriculum is derived from the one-day and two-day seminars offered by US Sailing and will be moderated by the same instructors.

Core topics include:

  1. Emergency Communications Equipment and Techniques
  2. Personal Safety Gear (life jackets, harnesses, tethers, and personal electronics)
  3. Crew Overboard Prevention and Recovery
  4. Search and Rescue Procedures

Additional topics will be added based on local waters and needs. 

Course fee: $65.00—US Sailing members receive a $10.00 discount.
One (2) day admission ticket to the show included with the price of the seminar.

Speakers: Moderated by Chuck Hawley, Chairman of the US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee

Seating is limited. Click here to purchase your seat.

2014 Consumer Choice Awards—Cast your vote for the "Best of Show" 

The “Best of Show Awards” at this year's show will be selected by attendees. Everyone who attends the show Thursday & Friday, February 13 & 14 can cast a vote for their favorites in the show— from boats to booths, new products and fun features – it’s the 2014 Consumer Choice Awards.  


Vacation Basin

Vacation Basin, a concept created and initiated by the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, comes to Progressive® Insurance Strictly Sail® Miami, featuring your favorite romantic getaways and charter destinations. Stop by Vacation Basin on Pier C to learn about some of the most exotic charter destinations in the World. Book an exotic trip to a place you’ve only seen in pictures and board the actual boats you'll be traveling aboard. Vacation Basin will also feature special island drinks and music by one of the most well-known steel drummers in the World… Frankendread.


Not Ready for the Water? Come Sail Away on the Sailing Simulator and take a free sailing lesson.

Get a feel for the water without leaving the show on a virtual sailboat ride. A certified ASA small boat instructor will be on hand to offer you a free sailing lesson and the chance to experience how a boat reacts to the wind and waves right at the show.

Designed and built by a nuclear physicist, the sailing simulator recreates the actual movement of a boat under sail. It’s a unique training platform for sailors of all abilities—whether you’re a new boater who wants to learn how to sail or an experienced sailor who wants to practice under different sailing conditions. Stop by and see for yourself how it really feels to sail without leaving dry land.

Training boat, Catalina Expo 12.5, provided by Catalina Yachts.


The NEW Cruising Outpost Magazine (formerly Lats & ATTS) to host Annual Cruisers Party— Saturday, February 15—EVERYONE'S INVITED!

Join others with your same passion for sailing, along with the exhibitors and industry folks, for a great evening of free pizza, beer, and soft drinks at the 2ND Annual Cruising Outpost Cruisers Party!  Enjoy island music with a live performance by Eric Stone.
Rules? Only one!  Be inside the gates before the Show closes on Saturday, February 15th at 6pm. Cruising Outpost's Cruisers' Party has become one big “must-attend” event.  Pizza, beer and soft drinks are free... Fun to be had by all!
You must be 21 to consume alcohol.

Author's Corner

When: All days of the show
Where: Miamarina at Bayside

Stop by the Author's Corner and visit with your favorite story teller. Author's from around the world will be on hand with all of the latest adventure novels.

Stop back for the 2014 list of participating authors.

Toward Self-Reliance in Weather Forecasting: 
Lee Chesneau’s Marine Weather One Day Basic Marine Weather Course

Fee:  $99.00
Date:  Sunday, February 16th
Time:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Location:  b2 Miami Hotel, 10th Floor
When you’re out there, you are on your own, trusting that you are prepared for the elements.  In “Assessing Your Marine Weather Self Reliant Skills” seminar at Strictly Sail Miami, the full day course offering is designed to improve those skills.
 Summary of the one-day Introduction to “Basic Marine Weather” is an entry-level one-day course for attendees with little or no marine weather background. The course covers an introduction to 101 weather principles, the language of weather (specifically important definitions), common surface weather systems and their features (e.g., lows, highs, fronts, troughs & ridges), the typical weather symbols commonly found on surface pressure weather charts; what goes into a human intelligence originated forecast, and finally how to document and verify all surface  weather forecasts for confidence building; &  and learning to become self-reliant in your own marine weather forecasting skills. There will also be a very brief introduction on weather communications at sea.
This one-day special costs only $99.00 per person (normally $195.00). A Separate interactive note taking guide will be offered separately at $20.00 which covers all the graphics covered in class. .
Whether coastal cruising in Tampa Bay or Biscayne Bay or   cruising to the Bahamas or the Caribbean, or even further offshore to other shores, do not miss this opportunity to learn what it means to become self-reliant in marine weather and forecasting!
This Cruising Outpost sponsored course is offered Sunday, Feb 16th from 0800 to 1700 at the b2 Miami Hotel, 10th floor meeting room, 146 Biscayne Blvd, Miami 33132 across the street from the Strictly Sail Miami Show at Miamarina at Bayside.
To register visit Lee Chesneau’s Webpage (www.chesneaumarineweather.com) or the Boat Show webpage for registration details.

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