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Wednesday, 19 September 2007

It’s show time for wind seekers throughout the Southeast who are making their way to the 13th annual Strictly Sail Boat Show on Florida’s Gulf Coast – one of Sail America’s premiere events in the country. Set a course for St. Petersburg’s lovely Spa Beach at The Pier November 1-4, 2007 to view the newest yachts in the world of sail and trawler cruising.

The 2007 show launches a lineup of new 2008 models that include industry leaders -- Beneteau, Catalina, Hunter, Island Packet, Hanse and many more. The addition of power cruisers to Strictly Sail St. Pete has been welcomed by a number of sailboat manufacturers, many of who are testing the waters in the long-range power cruising market. Due to its popularity last year, this year’s show will again feature The Trawler and Power Cruiser Expo.

Make your way through large tents chock-full of over 150 exhibitors with the latest sailing gear, charter information, electronics and cutting-edge technology for mariners. Special events and over 100 seminars include deliberations from global sailors, authors and experts in navigation, software and marine equipment. Sailors of all ages and boat-handling abilities will delight in the special events included on this year’s fun-loving celebration of sail.

“Whether you’re a coastal cruiser or daysailer, racer, circumnavigator or dreamer, Strictly Sail has everything you need to satisfy your passion for sailing,” said Kevin Murphy, National Show Manager for Sail America. “There is no better way to find the most experienced and knowledgeable experts all in once place,” he said.  

New to sailing? Hop aboard a variety of boats for a free sailboat ride, from small trailerable sailboats to large cruising yachts through the show's Discover Sailing program, a national introduction-to-sailing event that seeks to introduce more newcomers to the sailing lifestyle.

Eric Stone and his band will be on stage daily, playing the latest island tunes as they entertain attendees and exhibitors alike. Take a break at Strictly Sail and relax to all of Eric’s latest hits.

On Saturday evening, you won't see the crowds dwindle. The surge of sailors only grows bigger as the sun goes down—and no one goes home early! The annual Latitudes & Attitudes Cruisers' Bash kicks into gear Saturday, after the show closes -- a party that is a famous good-time tradition for all sailors. The Bash is free with your Saturday admission, with the pizza and beer free while it lasts. There will be no admission after the show closes at 6pm.

 Strictly Sail St. Petersburg show hours are Thursday, November 1 through Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $12 per person on weekdays and $14 per person on the weekend. Purchase any two days for just $24. Children 15 and under are free with a paid adult.

Parking and a free shuttle to the show are conveniently located along Bayshore Drive; just follow the signs for “BOAT SHOW PARKING.”

Strictly Sail St. Petersburg is co-produced by Sail America, a non-profit association that represents the sailing industry and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Participating sponsors to date include Discover Sailing, Hunter Marine and GILL NA. Additional sponsorship is invited and encouraged.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 September 2007 )