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Exclusive, On-Water Sailing Instruction Available Only at the Boat Show

Nothing beats hands on experience when it comes to improving your sailing skills and learning new ones. Our exclusive on-water instruction that makes learning fun—whether you’re just getting started in sailing or want to gain more confidence at the helm!

All instruction takes place while underway and class sizes are limited to ensure each student gets plenty of time at the wheel.

Expert instruction— Classes are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors from the Florida Yacht Group ASA Sailing School.

Classes last three hours. You must be able to work as an active crewmember while underway.

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Essential Charter Skills—Catamarans—Fountaine Pajot

Presented by BoatUS. All boats provided by Florida Yacht Group

2 PM–5 PM daily

Registration fee: $99 in advance/$125 at show (ADMISSION INCLUDED w/ADVANCE REGISTRATION)

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 & mooring skills will help minimize your anxiety and assure the safety of your boat (and those around you!). This class will focus those skills that are essential to securing the boat with confidence and without drama including:

  • Maneuvering under power
  • Anchoring and rigging a snubber including techniques for a crowded anchorage
  • Picking up a mooring ball and rigging a mooring bridle
  • Weighing anchor and departing an anchorage
  • Casting off and departing a mooring field
  • Crew communications
  • When an how to set up an anchor watch
  • Discussion of two anchor setups.

This class is a must for those who are preparing for their first charter or who simply want to sharpen their skills and confidence with a professional instructor.

Limited to 5 Participants per class. REGISTER NOW

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Intermediate Sailing Skills—Beneteau First 22

Presented by BoatUS. All boats provided by Florida Yacht Group.

2 PM–5 PM daily

Registration fee: $99 in advance/$125 at show (ADMISSION INCLUDED w/ADVANCE REGISTRATION)

Learn boat control skills and techniques that are the foundation for competence, confidence and safety. These essential skills include heaving to, reefing and getting underway adjusting the sails to balance the helm, steering with the sails and crew overboard recovery.

Limited to 4 persons per class. REGISTER NOW

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Introduction to Cruising Catamarans—Fountaine Pajot

Presented by BoatUS. All boats provided by Florida Yacht Group

10 AM–1 PM daily

Registration fee: $99 in advance/$125 at show (ADMISSION INCLUDED w/ADVANCE REGISTRATION)

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”. This session is ideal for newcomers and monohull sailors with little to no experience on multihulls.

Limited to 5 Participants per class. REGISTER NOW

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Learn to Sail—Beneteau First 22

Presented by BoatUS. All boats provided by Florida Yacht Group.

10 AM–1 PM daily

Registration fee: $69 in advance/$99 at the show (ADMISSION INCLUDED w/ADVANCE REGISTRATION)

Discover how easy and fun it is to sail. Gain a working knowledge of essential skills including how to raise, lower and trim the sails, tack and jibe, steer, slow and stop the boat, and more.

Limited to 4 persons per class. REGISTER NOW

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Performance Sailing - Jenneau 44i

Presented by BoatUS. All boats provided by Florida Yacht Group

3 Hour classes conducted daily at 2PM

Registration Fee = $99 in advance/$125 at show (admission included w/advance registration)

Participants in this exciting 3 Hour class will learn how to maximize performance (speed) while maintaining control and minimizing stress on the rigging. Topics include:

  • Reading tell tales
  • Correct use of running rigging to optimize sail shape for maximum performance  
  • Managing draft and sail twist
  • Balancing the Helm
  • Steering with the sails
  • Determining the most efficient heel angle and point of sail

Limited to 5 Participants per class. REGISTER NOW

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Pre-Qualify and Win Two Admission Tickets and VIP Lounge Passes

Receive two admission tickets and two VIP Lounge passes when you pre-qualify with LH-Finance: getting pre-qualified is the initial step in the boat loan process. Your credit report will not be pulled; all you have to do is supply LH-Finance with your overall financial picture (income, assets, debts…) and after evaluating this information, LH-Finance will give you an idea of the loan amount for which you qualify. To learn more about it, click on this link: http://www.lh-finance.com/VIP

LH-Finance is a leader in exclusive marine financing, prioritizing your needs with a keen understanding that your lifestyle choices reflect your beliefs and priorities. We grant access to the world’s most luxurious boats and yachts as the Marine division of United Bank.

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Author's Corner

Meet and greet writers who love to tell stories about their nautical adventures and share their expertise. Accomplished marine authors from around the world will be at the show to discuss their work.

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Beautiful Biscayne Bay Sunset Cruises

Presented by Florida Yacht Charter

Enjoy an evening cruise on beautiful Biscayne Bay and watch the sunset against the silhouette of the Miami city skyscape from the deck of a Fountaine Pajot luxury catamaran or a sleek Jenneau 44i sailboat.

Sit back and relax with a glass of wine and savor the experience—or grab a line and a winch handle and join the crew. Either way, it's a unique opportunity to take advantage of the Florida weather and add another level of enjoyment to your Strictly Sail Miami experience.

Sunset Cruises will sail from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Friday through Sunday (February 17, 18 and 19). Register today! Availability is extremely limited—space aboard will sell out.

Advance Registration Fee: $99 per person or $75 per person for groups of 2 or more. On-site Registration Fee (if available): $125 per person. Fee includes refreshments while underway.

Click here to reserve your seat today!

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day —A Few Days Late!

Love is in the air and on the water…love for sailing that is! The first 100 couples to arrive Friday, February 17 will receive an official show T-shirt and a special gift just for the ladies.

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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center—FREE DIY Seminars

If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. These free seminars cover a variety of topics and include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions. Come with your questions and projects to discuss, and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself.

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Free Hourly Seminars

Sailing Seminars Our crew of pros share their experiences and expertise on topics ranging from basic sailing skills to safety and navigation.

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5th Annual Cruiser’s Party

6pm, Saturday, February 18, in the Food Court Hosted by Bob and Jodi and the Cruising Outpost gang

Everyone is invited! The party starts when the show closes—if you’re inside the show gates before 6pm, you’re in for a good time! Groove to the island-inspired tunes of Eric Stone while you enjoy free pizza, beer and soft drinks. This annual party is a must-attend event that promises a lively vibe and fun for all. Please note: you must be 21 to consume alcohol.

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NEW! Boater's Education Center

FREE boating training and instruction to help you learn how to make the most of your time on the water. It’s a great way to expand your boating abilities and increase your confidence at the helm!

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Sailing Simulator—Free Sailing Lessons

Discover how fun and easy it is to sail with the guidance of American Sailing Association (ASA)-certified small boat instructors. Designed for training, the sailing simulator offers a true-to-life sailing experience. You’ll learn how to tack and jibe and use the tiller to keep the boat level as fans fill the sails and move the boat from side to side. The training boat is a Catalina Expo 12.5, provided by Catalina Yachts.

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NEW! Kids’ Club

There’s fun or your entire crew at this year’s show! The Kids' Club play area features a variety of fun activities and crafts to entertain youngsters. Junior sailors can draw “sailboats of the future.” and enter their artwork for a chance to win fun prizes.

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NEW! Yacht Club Lounge

Enjoy live music, island drink specials, and free Wi-Fi while taking in a panoramic view of the expanded in-water section of the show. The Yacht Club Lounge is a tented oasis where you can ponder your options after shopping for the boat of your dreams, meet up with friends or just kick back by the bay.

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