Seminar Schedule

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training
On-Water Sailing Workshops

Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to improving your skills and learning new ones. This year’s show features a full schedule of three-hour on-water sailing workshops that will to add fun and excitement to your boat show experience…and take your sailing skills up a notch. There’s something for everyone, from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers! 

You'll learn from experts—all classes are taught by USCG-licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors. 

Space is limited. Advance registration is highly recommended and will save you 20% on workshop fees. You may also register for workshops on-site at the Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training booth on a space available basis.

Workshop descriptions:

Introduction to Sailing
Are you new to Sailing (or just a little rusty)?  Discover  how easy and fun it is to sail. This session covers essential skills every sailor must know including 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.  All sessions taught by certified professional instructors.  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—and it's the perfect way to see 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—cats vs. monohulls
  • Techniques for managing light air—especially when tacking or jibing
  • Selecting best sail trim/angle for optimum speed
  • Sailing to weather and leeway— angle of attack and “go/no go zone”
  • Crew overboard recovery
  • Maneuvering  under power

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

 

Hands-On Sailing Workshops Schedule

Click on class name to register  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
10am–1pm

Intro to Cruising Catamarans


Intro to Sailing


Docking Under Power

Intro to Cruising Catamarans


Intro to Sailing


Docking Under Power

Intro to Cruising Catamarans


Intro to Sailing


Docking Under Power

Intro to Cruising Catamarans


Intro to Sailing


Docking Under Power

Intro to Cruising Catamarans


Intro to Sailing


Docking Under Power

2pm–5pm

Intro to Cruising Catamarans


Performance Sail Trim


Anchoring & Mooring Techniques

Intro to Cruising Catamarans


Performance Sail Trim


Anchoring & Mooring Techniques

Intro to Cruising Catamarans


Performance Sail Trim


Anchoring & Mooring Techniques

Intro to Cruising Catamarans


Performance Sail Trim


Anchoring & Mooring Techniques

Intro to Cruising Catamarans


Performance Sail Trim


 Anchoring & Mooring Techniques

Workshop Fees

  Advanced Purchase On-Site Purchase
All Classes $99 $125

*Show admission not included with workshop purchase

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

Two Can Sail Couples Cruising Seminar

Seminar Fee: $295/couple ($175 single), includes two, one-day tickets to the show,
Date: Saturday, February 13
Location: Holiday Inn 

 
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.
 
For more information or to register: visit  www.twocansail.com/Seminars or email info@TwoCanSail.com or
call us at 727-644-7496

 

Free Hourly Seminars - sponsored by Blue Water Sailing Magazine

Thursday, February 11, 2016
11:45 am Creative Boat Organization Below – Provisioning, Stowage and Much More Liza Copeland Tent A
11:45 am Offset the Cost of Yacht Ownership Stephen Cockcroft Tent B
1:00 pm Short Handed Sail Handling Travis Blain Tent B
1:00 pm Take the Drama out of your Dream Jeff Grossman and Jean Levine Grossman Tent A
2:15 pm Cruising Cuba Wally Moran Tent A
2:15 pm The 30 Best Cruising Boats of all Time John Kretschmer Tent B
3:30 pm Gulfstream Crossings: Wind and Wave Consideration Tony Wall Tent A
3:30 pm Communications for Cruisers from the Dock to the Ocean Steven Bowden Tent B
4:45 pm Sailing Fundamentals Patty Lawrence Tent B
4:45 pm Bahamas Adventure: Berrys, Exumas and Island Life Jessie Zevalkink & Katie Smith Tent A
Friday, February 12, 2016
10:30 am Weather 101 Chris Parker Tent A
10:30 am Cool Products No One Knows About Pam Wall Tent B
11:45 am Caribbean Cruising Preparations Liza Copeland  
11:45 am Evolution of the Modern Production Sailboat Gerry Douglas Tent B
1:00 pm A Serious Ocean: Lessons from 34 Years AND 300,000 Miles at Sea John Kretschmer Tent A
1:00 pm Preparing to Cruise the Great Loop Kimberly Russo Tent B
2:15 pm Essential Cuba Christine Myers Tent A
2:15 pm Basic Diesel Maintenance Carl Schlemmer and Doug Dykens Tent B
3:30 pm America's Cup Update Gino Morrelli Tent A
3:30 pm Preparing your Boat for a Long Cruise Tom Hale Tent B
4:45 pm Cruising the BVI Hotspots! John Glynn Tent A
4:45 pm Docking & Anchoring for Two Jeff Grossman and Jean Levine Grossman Tent B
Saturday, February 13, 2016
10:30 am A Guide to Cruising the Great Loop Kimberly Russo Tent A
10:30 am An Introduction to Sailing with Instruments Matt Fries Tent B
11:45 am Ins and Outs of Cuba: The South Side Christine Myers Tent A
11:45 am How to interpret GRIB and other forecasts Chris Parker Tent B
1:00 pm Force Ten Storm Sailing Strategies New Talk! John Kretschmer Tent A
1:00 pm Multihull Cruising Gino Morrelli Tent B
2:15 pm Passagemaking in Modern Cruising Cats George Day Tent A
2:15 pm What's in your Toolbox Tom Hale Tent B
3:30 pm Caribbean Cruising Preparations Liza Copeland Tent A
3:30 pm Living aboard and leaving your boat abroad John Kretschmer Tent B
4:45 pm How to keep a Starboard Attitude While Cruising Bob Bitchin Tent A
4:45 pm Do You Want To Cruise The Bahamas Pam Wall Tent B
Sunday, February 14, 2016
10:30 am The Spinnaker Furling Revolution Scott Wiliman Tent B
10:30 am Creative Boat Organization Below – Provisioning, Stowage and Much More Liza Copeland Tent A
11:45 am Sailing the Southern Caribbean - catch the vibe! Chrystal Young Tent A
11:45 am What Lies Beneath: Navigating the future of Our Florida Reefs Daron Willison Tent B
1:00 pm Cruising & Chartering in the British Virgin Islands George Day Tent A
1:00 pm Rigging Overview Colin Mack Tent B
2:15 pm Proper Prior Planning Pam Wall Tent A
2:15 pm Cruising the Chesapeake Tom Hale Tent B
3:30 pm Cruising Secrets for Biscayne Bay Coconut Grove Sailing Club Tent A
3:30 pm Katie and Jessie Sail the Great Loop Jessie Zevalkink & Katie Smith Tent B
4:45 pm How to Prepare your Boat for Hurricane and Tropical Storms Coconut Grove Sailing Club Tent A
4:45 pm What Women Want To Know About Cruising Pam Wall Tent B
Monday, February 15, 2016
10:30 am Do I Need A Satellite Phone? Steven Bowden Tent B
10:30 am Cruising from Florida to the Caribbean Jeff Grossman and Jean Levine Grossman Tent A
11:45 am Cruising for Cowards Liza Copeland Tent A
11:45 am The Dalmatian Coast of Croatia Jean De Keyser Tent B
1:00 pm The Care and Feeding of your Mast Scott Wiliman Tent B
1:00 pm Multihull Cruising Gino Morrelli Tent A
2:15 pm Take your Family Around the World Pam Wall Tent B
2:15 pm Force Ten Storm Sailing Strategies New Talk! John Kretschmer Tent A
3:30 pm Hurricane Preparation Pam Wall Tent A
3:30 pm Bahamas Adventure: Berrys, Exumas and Island Life Jessie Zevalkink & Katie Smith Tent B
Progressive Discover Boating NMMA-Certification Blue Water Sailing Gill