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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


 

Check out the newly refitted, steel hull, 167ft Schooner Mystic from Mystic Adventure Sales!

Mystic was constructed in 2007 by Freeport Shipbuilding Group in Freeport, Florida. The ship is a custom designed ocean going sailing schooner. Mystic is recognized as a classic schooner design: three-masted, gaff-rigged, with a square topsail. Since the refit, Mystic has hosted pleasure cruises all over the eastern seaboard from Nantucket and the greater New England area to the Caribbean Sea and the British Virgin Islands. The beautiful ship has hosted corporate outings, romantic getaways as well as family gatherings. Mystic has been commissioned for Sea based classrooms and ocean going training voyages to rediscover the fascinating tradition of sailing aboard a tall ship.

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Two Can Sail Couples Cruising Seminar

Seminar Fee: $295/couple ($175 single), includes a one day ticket to the show,
Date: Saturday, February 13
Location: Holiday Inn (across the street from the show)

 
Learn how to take the Drama out of your Dream—from choosing the right boat to sailing away together in harmony!
 
Hosted by couples instructors and lifelong cruisers and Jeff Grossman and Jean Levine, the "Two Can Sail Couples Cruising Seminar" will give you and your partner the tools and perspectives you need to safely pursue the cruising lifestyle as a couple. We have assembled an outstanding group of marine professionals who have varied experience and background to present you with a balanced educational experience. Who are the presenters? Couples who are also captains, ASA Instructors, authors, marine surveyors, and a meteorologist.
 
This seminar is more than just a whole day of power point presentations. The hard data is balanced with fun—lots of good information mixed in with sea stories and fantastic photos—as all of the presenters share their expertise to help make the dream a reality for you and your partner.
 
Attendees will receive tickets to the Sunday Boat Show, and one lucky couple will win a SPOT Messenger provided by SeaTech Systems.
 
Sponsored by Two Can Sail, Blue Water Sailing Magazine, SeaTech Systems, American Sailing Association (ASA), Massey Yachts and Weems & Plath.

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


 

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Back for 2016—The /lib/img/gallery/img12122713535.gif Valentine’s Day Promotion

Celebrate Valentines Day, Sunday February 14th, at the Progressive® Insurance Strictly Sail® Miami show!
Love is in the air and on the water…Love for sailing that is! The first 100 couples to arrive Sunday will receive the official Strictly Sail Miami  /lib/img/gallery/img12122713535.gif T shirt and a special prize just for the ladies.

Back for 2016! Beautiful Biscayne Bay Sunset Cruise

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 the Progressive® Insurance Strictly Sail® Miami show 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 cruises will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 12, 13 and 14.
You'll leave the dock at 5:30 pm and cruise until 7:00 pm, followed by a private wine and cheese reception from 7:00 pm–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   CLICK HERE

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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 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. 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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WELCOME ALL BOATERS!

Cruising Outpost Magazine to host annual Cruisers' Party— Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 6-9pm

 
Everyone's invited and the Eric Stone Band will be performing island tunes with a bit of rock and roll.  This year's grand prize's will out do all previous prize packages.
 
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 15th 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 13th 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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