Seminars


Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training—Exclusive, ON-THE-WATER Training Workshops offered only at the show!

Nothing beats hands-on training to improve your sailing skills and build more confidence at the Helm. This year’s show features a selection of on-the-water training designed to add more fun 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!
 
LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS. All sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional captains and certified instructors. 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

Fundamental Sailing Skills for Cruising Sailboats – Are you new to Sailing (or just a little rusty)? Learn how easy and fun sailing is by participating in this on water learning event that covers the most essential sailing skills.
 
Anchoring. Whether you're dropping the hook in a deserted cove for a quiet lunch or pulling into a crowded anchorage for the week, solid anchoring skills will help minimize your anxiety and assure the safety of your boat (and those around you!).
 
Docking Under Power & Close Quarters Boat Control. This is an important skill although one that is not often practiced except when departing and returning to the slip.

 

Advance registration fee is $50. and includes same day ticket to the show. To register & pay  CLICK HERE
 

Three-Hour Workshops

Essential Cruising & Charter Skills. This program is ideal for new sailors as well as those who want to learn skills geared specifically toward bareboat chartering and cruising in unfamiliar locations.
 
Introduction to Cruising Catamaransthe Perfect “Charter Starter”. This exclusive program is ideal for newcomers and monohull sailors with little to no experience on multihulls - and it's the perfect way to see if a cruising catamaran – your own or chartered  -is in your future.
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Advance registration fee is $99. and includes same day ticket to the show. To pre-register  CLICK HERE
 
Space in these popular on-the-water workshops is very limited and advance registration is highly recommended.
 

 

New for 2015! Beautiful Biscayne Bay Sunset Cruise

This year love is in the air and on the water!  

Celebrate the Valentine’s Holiday weekend on the water with a loved one—Join us at Progressive® Insurance Strictly Sail® Miami to for a Sunset Cruise on the beautiful Biscayne Bay followed by a private wine and cheese reception.

This amazing opportunity has very limited availability, so register early.

Sunset Cruise will take place, Friday: February 13, Saturday, February 14 & Sunday, February 15.
 
The cruise will be from 4:30-6:30 followed by a private wine & cheese reception from 6:30-7:30 pm. 
 
Fee:       Individuals – $150.00
                Couples – $250.00 

***Groups of two or more will receive the group discount price of $125 per person.
 
To register for this event  CLICK HERE

New for 2015! ASA: New Sailor Workshop

This exciting new workshop is designed exclusively with new sailors in mind. It begins with a 30-minute interactive educational seminar at the Sailing Simulator where you will learn the very basics of sailing and take your turn at the tiller safely on land. You will then board the ASA First 22, the American Sailing Association’s new training sailboat, for an in-depth 90-minute sailing lesson with an ASA-certified instructor. This workshop is designed to educate, excite and equip those with little to no sailing experience with the basic skills needed to begin sailing.

With only four classes per day holding a maximum of four slots each, availability is extremely limited. Advance registration is highly recommended, so sign up today! Course fee is $35 and includes FREE show admission (a $20 value!) To register for this exclusive event CLICK HERE.

Two Can Sail Couples Cruising Seminar

Seminar Fee: $295/couple ($175 single), includes two, one day tickets to the show,
Date: Saturday, February 14th
Location: Holiday Inn Portside

Cruising is done primarily by couples. Two Can Sail, Sea-Tech Systems, Blue Water Sailing magazine,The American Sailing Association, 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. The seminar is hosted by couples instructors and lifelong cruisers and Captains Jean Levine and Jeff Grossman.

Team Jeff & Jean specialize in working with couples and bring this focus to their Two Can Sail Couples Cruising Seminars. These seminars are a forum to share the knowledge they have gained in the unique aspects that are found with one couple on a cruising boat, and their experience from over 60 combined years of cruising and teaching sailing. Guest Speakers include Liza Copeland and Lee Chesneau.

Registration and Details at:
TwoCanSail.com or Email: Info@TwoCanSail.com or Call: 727-644-7496
 


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

Fee:  $99.00
Date:  Sunday, February 15th
Time:  8:00am - 5:00pm
Location:  Holiday Inn - Key Biscayne 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!
 
To register visit Lee Chesneau’s Webpage www.chesneaumarineweather.com 

 

 

Back By Popular Demand: The Guru of Sailing Systems, Nigel Calder

Nigel will present his three-hour comprehensive seminars designed to help do-it-yourselfers get the job done—stress free!

Anchoring & Docking Skills

Friday, February 13, 9am to 12:30,  YVES Hotel - Inspiration Room
Hassle-free anchoring and docking, kedging off if you get it wrong, and understanding the limits of chart accuracy so you don’t run aground in the first place! Course Fee: $65.00 per person, includes same day admission to the show.  
Click here for a complete list of topics covered and registration option.

DC systems design, installation, optimization and troubleshooting.

Friday, February 13, 2pm to 5:30pm, YVES Hotel - Inspiration Room
Course Fee: $65.00 per person, includes same day admission to the show.  
Click here for a complete list of topics covered and registration option.

Do-it-yourself diesel engine maintenance, optimization and troubleshooting.

Saturday, Febrary 14, 2pm to 5:30, YVES Hotel - Inspiration Room
Course Fee: $65.00 per person, includes same day admission to the show.  
Click here for a complete list of topics covered and registration option

 

Thursday, February 12, 2015
11:45 amOcean Sailing TipsZack SmithTent A
11:45 amThe Spinnaker Furling RevolutionScott WilimanTent B
11:45 amBasic Diesel MaintenanceCarl SchlemmerTent C
1:00 pmNighttime Navigation - Light and Buoy SecretsJohn JamiesonTent A
1:00 pmA Guide to Cruising the Great LoopKimberly RussoTent B
1:00 pmHow To Buy A Used Catamaran Without Making a Costly MistakePhillip BermanTent C
2:15 pmForce 10—Storm Sailing StrategiesJohn KretschmerTent A
2:15 pmSailing the Balearic Islands of SpainJean De KeyserTent B
2:15 pmAn Introduction to Sailing with InstrumentsMatt FriesTent C
3:30 pmLessons Learned Along the WayNigel CalderTent A
3:30 pmThe Last Frontier: Sailing AlaskaEllen Massey LeonardTent B
3:30 pmTake the Drama out of your DreamJeff Grossman and Jean Levine GrossmanTent C
4:45 pmSailing South to the CaribbeanLiza CopelandTent A
4:45 pmGreat Things To Have Aboard Your Cruising SailboatPam WallTent B
4:45 pmDo I Need A Satellite Phone?Steven BowdenTent C
Friday, February 13, 2015
10:30 amDo You Want To Cruise The BahamasPam WallTent A
10:30 amOffshore Energy ManagementBob WilliamsTent B
10:30 amPerfect Places to Plunk It: 50 Frugal FavoritesMark and Diana DoyleTent C
11:45 amLessons Learned Along the WayNigel CalderTent A
11:45 amCruising for CouplesLiza CopelandTent B
11:45 amSolar Power on Boats: Facts, Myths and HypePatrik SwanljungTent C
1:00 pmCatamaran CruisingGino MorrelliTent A
1:00 pmHigh Latitude SailingJimmy CornellTent B
1:00 pmSailing Knot Secrets, Tips and TechniquesJohn JamiesonTent C
2:15 pmLive Aboard Tips and TalesBob WilliamsTent A
2:15 pmSail the GrenadinesZuzana ProchazkaTent C
2:15 pmDocking & Anchoring for TwoJeff Grossman and Jean Levine GrossmanTent B
3:30 pmAre You Ready to Enter That Marina?John JamiesonTent A
3:30 pmSailboats For A Serious Ocean — 25 Great Sailboats For World VoyagingJohn KretschmerTent C
3:30 pmHigh Latitude Cruising AdventuresPanel Discussion: George Day, ModeratorTent B
4:45 pmToward Maine Weather Self Reliance-Interpreting Your Marine Weather SkillsLee ChesneauTent B
4:45 pmCruising Mexico: It’s Easy and Cheap, Yes you can do it!Rich BorenTent A
4:45 pmShort Handed Sail HandlingTravis BlainTent C
11:45 pmLessons Learned Along the WayNigel CalderTent A
Saturday, February 14, 2015
10:30 amCruising the BVI Hotspots!John GlynnTent C
10:30 amVoyage Planning from the US East CoastJimmy CornellTent A
10:30 amDesigning Modern Sailboats for Today’s CustomersGerry DouglasTent B
11:45 amSailing Offshore: Safe, Fast, ComfortableWoody HendersonTent A
11:45 amThe Spinnaker Furling RevolutionScott WilimanTent B
11:45 amArctic SailingJudith JacobsenTent C
1:00 pmWindswept: One Family's Adventures During a 36,000-mile CircumnavigationGeorge DayTent A
1:00 pmSailing South to the CaribbeanLiza CopelandTent B
1:00 pmPara-Anchors & Storm DroguesZack SmithTent C
2:15 pmCruising the Florida KeysBob WilliamsTent A
2:15 pmCatamaran CruisingGino MorrelliTent B
2:15 pmLife Raft Survival and Rescue at SeaCharles DanekoTent C
3:15 pmLife Raft DemonstrationCharles DanekoBooth 100
3:30 pmIntroduction to Marine Water MakersBill EdingerTent C
3:30 pmForce 10—Storm Sailing StrategiesJohn KretschmerTent A
3:30 pmHigh Latitude OutfittingEllen Massey LeonardTent B
4:45 pmCruising the Mediterranean with ConfidenceBrittany WeatherbyTent A
4:45 pmCommunications for Cruisers from the Dock to the OceanSteven BowdenTent C
4:45 pmTropical Cyclone Basics & the 1-2-3 Rule for AvoidanceLee ChesneauTent B
Sunday, February 15, 2015
10:30 amSailboat Buying 101Coconut Grove Sailing ClubTent C
10:30 amOcean Sailing TipsZack SmithTent A
10:30 amSailboats and Learning to Sail on Charlotte Harbor in Southwest FloridaJean De KeyserTent B
11:45 amCatamaran CruisingGino MorrelliTent B
11:45 amCreative Boat Organization Below – Provisioning, Stowage and Much MoreLiza CopelandTent A
11:45 amBiscayne BayCoconut Grove Sailing ClubTent C
1:00 pmVoyage Planning in the Age of Electronic ChartsJimmy CornellTent A
1:00 pmShort Handed Sail HandlingTravis BlainTent B
1:00 pmUnderstanding Your Water Makers ChoicesRich BorenTent C
2:15 pmAtlantic Crossings: Lessons Learned from 20 Transatlantic PassagesJohn KretschmerTent A
2:15 pmWhat Women Want To Know About CruisingPam WallTent B
2:15 pmSo Many Different Catamarans, So Many Choices: Which One is Best Suited to My Budget and Sailing Plans?Phillip BermanTent C
3:30 pmGreat Small Boat Voyages: Famous Voyages in Boats Under 35 FeetGeorge DayTent A
3:30 pmThe Last Frontier: Sailing AlaskaEllen Massey LeonardTent B
3:30 pmCouples Cruising to the CaribbeanJeff Grossman and Jean Levine GrossmanTent C
4:45 pmSolar and Wind Power TechnologiesBob WilliamsTent B
4:45 pmSailing Offshore: Safe, Fast, ComfortableWoody HendersonTent A
4:45 pmPerfect Places to Plunk It: 50 Frugal FavoritesMark and Diana DoyleTent C
Monday, February 16, 2015
10:30 amGulfstream Crossings: Wind and Wave ConsiderationTony WallTent C
10:30 amCruising for CouplesLiza CopelandTent A
10:30 amDo You Want To Cruise The BahamasPam WallTent B
11:45 amForce 10—Storm Sailing StrategiesJohn KretschmerTent B
11:45 amWhat Does it Cost to Go Cruising? Three BudgetsGeorge DayTent A
11:45 amASA Sailing Flotills in Croatia and Chartering in CroatiaJean De KeyserTent C
1:00 pmArctic SailingJudith JacobsenTent A
1:00 pmCommunications for Cruisers from the Dock to the OceanSteven BowdenTent B
1:00 pmSolar Power on Boats: Facts, Myths and HypePatrik SwanljungTent C
2:15 pmCruising Mexico: It’s Easy and Cheap, Yes you can do it!Rich BorenTent A
2:15 pmOffshore Energy ManagementBob WilliamsTent C
2:15 pmGreat Things To Have Aboard Your Cruising SailboatPam WallTent B
3:30 pmICW 202: Beyond the BasicsMark and Diana DoyleTent A
3:30 pmTake your Family Around the WorldPam WallTent B
3:30 pmTake the Drama out of your DreamJeff Grossman and Jean Levine GrossmanTent C