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Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training—Exclusive ON-WATER sailing workshops

Nothing beats hands on experience when it comes to improving your Sailing skills and learning new ones. This year, let Discover Boating add more fun and excitement to your boat show experience…and take your sailing skills up a notch at the same time. There’s something for everyone—from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers! 

Learn From the Experts! Workshops are taught by USCG-licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors. 

For highlights check out this video

You must be capable of performing as an active crewmember while underway to participate in these 3-hour workshops. There is a modest registration fee. For details and to reserve your space in advance, click here

Space in these workshops is limited; advance registration is highly recommended. Register in advance and SAVE 20% on workshop fees.   

Three-hour saiing workshops

Introduction to Sailing
Are you new to sailing (or just a little rusty)? Discover for yourself how fun and easy it is to sail. This session covers essential skills every sailor must know, such as how to raise, lower and trim the sails, steering techniques and helmsmanship, how to turn, slow and stop the boat including how to tack and jibe, and more. REGISTER NOW

Performance Sailing Workshop
Learn how to trim the sails for maximizing performance while maintaining control and minimizing stress on the rigging.  Reading tell tales, managing draft and sail twist, balancing the helm, steering by the sails and determining the most efficient heel angle and point of sail are all essential skills required for getting the most out of the boat.  REGISTER NOW


Introduction to Cruising Catamaransthe Perfect “Charter Starter
Take the helm to experience firsthand the expansive comfort, impressive speed and precise maneuverability of the modern cruising catamaran along with the unique sailing and handling needs of larger “Cats”. Ideal for newcomers and monohull sailors with little to no experience on multihulls— it's also the perfect way to determine if a cruising catamaran, your own or chartered, is in your future. Cruising catamaran fundamentals covered include: upright sailing versus heeling, performance on different points of sail, techniques for managing light air and much more. REGISTER NOW

Anchoring & Mooring
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!). This session covers essential anchoring and mooring techniques including: how to select the right spot, managing "sailing at anchor" and swing arc in a crowded anchorage; dragging anchors, windy conditions and waves including a two anchor deployment, setting up a mooring bridle, maneuvering techniques to pick up a mooring ball, crew communications and more.   REGISTER NOW

Docking Under Power & Precision Boat Control
This is an important skill although one that is not often practiced except when departing and returning to the slip. Essential skills covered in this session include: turning around in tight spaces (back and fill), backing down a narrow channel in a straight line, how to handle propwalk, station keeping and managing the boat confidently in windy conditions, coming alongside a pier (fuel dock, docking stern first) and more.  For sailors of all experience levels.  REGISTER NOW


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Back for 2017—The /lib/img/gallery/img12122713535.gif "Belated" Valentine’s Day Promotion

Celebrate Valentines Day (a little late) with a loved one, spend February 17th, at the Progressive® Insurance Strictly Sail® Miami Boat Show and you'll feell the love in the air and on the water…Love for sailing that is! The first 100 couples to arrive Feb 17th (our V Day) will receive the official Strictly Sail Miami  /lib/img/gallery/img12122713535.gif T shirt and a special prize just for the ladies. 
Come back for more ( Belated V Day) special announcments. 

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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 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 without leaving dry land. (weight restrictions apply)

Designed and built by a nuclear physicist, the sailing simulator re-creates 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 a small boat or an experienced small boat sailor who wants to practice under different sailing conditions. Stop by the show and see for yourself how it really feels to sail without leaving dry land. Click Here to view the simulator in action.

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

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Vacation Basin

Vacation Basin, featuring your favorite romantic getaways and charter destinations and the boats you'll charter. 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 feature exotic destinations and music performed by one of the most well-known steel drummers in the World… Frankendread.

Look for Vacation Basin on Pier C or listen for the sounds of the islands.

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Cruising Outpost Magazine to host annual Cruisers' Party— Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 6-9pm

Everyone's invited to free beer and pizza plus the Eric Stone Band will be performing island tunes with a bit of rock and roll.
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 16th annual 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 18th 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.
Thank you to all of our sponsors for making this happen:  Strictly Sail Miami, Dream Yacht Charter, Spectra Watermaker and Murray Marine, Sailology, Harken, Kanberra, Blue Sky Energy, Copper Coat, Jolly II Rover, Tradewinds Radio, Chafe Pro, MACK Sails, Beta Marine and Pusser's Rum.

Live Music—Frankendread

Get into a Sailing state of mind without leaving Miamarina at Bayside as you enjoy Frankendread's unique mix of calypso, soca, and steel pan music. An accomplished Caribbean performer, Frankendread brings the island vibe to life with his energetic performances. His laid-back, no-worries tunes have put smiles on faces around the world—he's performed in 17 countries and 43 state—and he'll perform live every day at this year's show! 

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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 Jan 1 for an updated list of participating authors.

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