2008 Strictly Sail Chicago

Strictly Sail Chicago 2008


Strictly Sail Chicago has become an annual mid-winter tradition for local Chicago and midwestern sailors.

If you have attended before, you know what to expect. If you have not attended before, you should plan to go.

Here are a few brief items to look for at the show.

The Beneteau 40.7 Fleet and Chicago T-10 Class Association are among some of the racing associations represented.

The University of Illinois Sailing Club will be selling t-shirts to raise funds for sailing activities and competition in Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association (MCSA) regattas.

Hedlund Marine will exhibit four new LaserPerformance (formerly known as Vanguard) sailboat models, plus new Hobie and Gill sailboats. “This show will be the first time most of Chicago has seen an SB3”, according to John Porter, “and it is also the North American debut of the Bug, a new boat for juniors.”

Harken introduces the innovative new RigTune Pro digital tension gauge and new Black Magic MKIV Loop Block, AirBlock, Flip-Flop block and other designs.

A discount Navy Pier parking coupon is available here.



Press Release:
Sailors Worldwide Gather at Navy Pier for Nation’s Largest Indoor All-Sail Boat Show

CHICAGO – Strictly Sail Chicago, the largest indoor sailboat show in the country, will be held January 31 – February 3, 2008 at Navy Pier. More than 20,000 sailing enthusiasts are expected to attend the four-day event to see the latest sailboats and sailing accessories on the market. Launched in 1996, Strictly Sail Chicago is an annual tradition for thousands of sailors meeting in one place to jump start the ailing season and check out the latest sailboats, gear and accessories.

The festivities begin Thursday, January 31st and will not end until the final bell sounds on Sunday, February 3rd. This four-day sailing extravaganza features the latest and greatest the sailing industry has to offer. You’ll find the latest boat designs and the designers, the newest sailing gear, accessories and hardware from the industries top suppliers and the most up to date charter information from more than 250 exhibiting companies from around the globe.

When: Thursday through Sunday, January 31 – February 3, 2008
Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Navy Pier, Festival Halls A & B, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

Admission: $12 – Thursday and Friday (Adults)
$15 – Saturday and Sunday (Adults)
$24 – Two-Day Adult Pass
$25 – Family Pack (2 Adult, 2 Child Tickets) – available online only
FREE Children 15 years and under (when accompanied by an adult)
$65 – Strictly Sail Yacht Club Membership (4-day pass; exclusive membership benefits) – available online only

Features: A variety of comprehensive seminars, interactive displays and special events will be featured at Strictly Sail Chicago 2008. Beginners can learn sailing basics, while experienced sailors are introduced to new techniques and technologies. Sailing adventure cruisers, authors and experts will share their experiences at sea. Attendees are encouraged to bring children along to enjoy the Kids Club, an activity center designed for junior sailors to build their own sailboat models, draw “sailboats of the future,” learn knot tying and race boats in the makeshift “lake” on the show floor.

“Due to the increasing popularity of sailing over the past 13 years, the show has seen consistent growth in exhibitors, seminars and show features,” said Kevin Murphy, show manager. “Strictly Sail Chicago is designed to introduce the sport to sailing novices while providing seasoned captains with the latest and greatest in sailing information and products.”


3rd Coast Cruising
AB Marine, Inc.
Active Yacht Brokerage
Aere’ Inflatable Fenders
Alerion Express
Algae-X International
All About Eyes
American Sail, Inc.
American Sailing Association
Aquadutch- YSH LLC
ATN Inc.
Author’s Corner
Avalanche Jewelry
AWLGRIP North America
Bainbridge International
Battery Service Corporation
Bavaria Yachts USA
Bay Breeze Yacht Charters
Beneteau 40.7 Fleet
Beneteau USA, Inc.
Beverage Solutions International Wine Cellars
Bitter End Yacht Club, Int’l., Inc.
Blue Water Sailing
Bluegreen Resorts
Boat Leather
Boat Tailors
Boathouse of Madison
Bomon, Inc.
Bottomsiders, Inc.
Brig Inflatable Boats (Canada Gate)
Burnham Park Yacht Club
C Cushions, Inc.
C. Sherman Johnson Co., Inc. Johnson Marine
Cali-Optics Importer
Canadian Yacht Charters
Canal Street Marina & Yacht Yard
Catalina Yachts
CCYC Rhodes 19 One Design Racing
Celestaire, Inc.
Charleston Yachting
Chesapeake Performance Models
Chicago Area Council Sea Scouts
Chicago Maritime Festival NFP
Chicago Maritime Society
Chicago Park District-Westrec Marine
Chicago Sailing
Chicago T 10 Association
Chicago Tribune
Chicago Yacht Club
Chicago Yachting Association
Chutescoop / V.F. Shaw Co., Inc.
Clamptite- Ray Silvey Co.
Columbia Yacht Club
ComNav Marine Ltd.
Corum Swiss Timepieces
Crowley’s Yacht Yard, Inc.
Crow’s Nest Yachts
Discovery Yacht Charters
Doyle Sailmakers
Dutchman/MVB Inc.
e Sailing Yachts
Edey & Duff LTD
Edson International
Ella Vickers Recyced Sailcloth Collection
Elvstrom Sobstad
Euro Marine Trading, Inc.
Explorer’s Guide, Mariners Training
EZ Hang Chairs
Fair Wind Sailing School
Fairclough Sailmakers, Inc.
Fawcett Boat Supplies, Inc.
Festiva Sailing Vacations
First Mate
First Mate’s Cabin
Flex-O-Fold North America, Inc.
Florida Yacht Charters & Sales, Inc.
Flying Scot, Inc.
Forespar Products Corp.
Friends of Monroe Harbor, Inc.
Garhauer Marine
General Boats International
Great Lakes Cruising Club
Great Lakes Sailboat Co., LC
Great Lakes Scuttlebutt Magazine
Great Lakes Single Handed Society
Gunnar’s Yacht & Ship
Hammond Port Authority
Hanse Yachts US
Harken, Inc.
Hayn Marine
Hedlund Marine, LLC
Helly Hansen Great Lakes
Henri Lloyd North America
Heron Landing
Holland Yacht Sales
Hood Yacht Systems Division of Pompanette
Hoofers Sailing Club
Hooper’s Yachts
Horizon True Camera Mounts
Hunter Marine
Hutchins Co., Inc.
Illiana Yacht Club
IMTRA Corporation
Interlux Yacht Finishes
Irish Boat Shop, Inc
Irish Boat Shop, Inc.
Island Blu Outfitters
Island Boat Lettering
Island Packet Yachts
Isotherm by Indel Marine USA
J Boats Inc. Midwest
J World San Diego
Jackson Park Yacht Club
Jan Guthrie Yacht Brokerage
J-Boats Midwest
Jeanneau America
Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation
Karma Yacht Sales
KAS Associates, Ltd.
Kimberlite Assemblers Inc.
KTI Systems Inc
Lake Michigan Performance Handicap Racing Fleet
Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation
Landfall Navigation
Larsen Marine Service, Inc.
Latitudes and Attitudes
Lattitude Yacht Charters
Leukemia Cup Regatta
Lewmar, Inc.
Line Honors Performance Sailing Supply
Loadmaster Trailer Company, LTD.
Mack Boring & Parts Co.
Mack Sails
Manitowoc Marina
Mariners School, Inc.
Mark Enterprises, Inc.
Marriott Vacation Club International
MARTEC Eng. Corp
Maryland School of Sailing & Seamanship
Mauri Pro Sailing
Melges Performance Sailboats
Mercury Marine A Division of Brunswick
Michigan City Sailboat Charters
Michigan State University Sailing Club
Midwest Open Racing Fleet
Midwest Yachts, Ltd.
Midwestern Collegiate Sailing Asn.
Milwaukee Yacht Club
National Butterfly Association
National Inland 20 Scow Sailing Assoc
Nautical Fishwife, LLC, The
Naviganto LLC
Nestegg Marine
New England Ropes, Inc.
Newcoast Financial Services
Nickels Boat Works, Inc.
North Point Marina
North Sails
North Shore Villas & Yacht Club
Northern Breezes Sailing Magazine
Northern Breezes Sailing School
Northland Yachts, Inc.
Northwest Sailing Association
Novis Marine Ltd. Tartan Yachts and C&C Yachts
Ocean Equipment
OCEANair Marine Ltd.
Offshore Marine
Olson’s Classic Yachts
Orleans Trail Marina
P.Y.I., Inc.
Performance Sailing Gear
Performance Yacht Services LLC
Pettit Marine Paint Division of Kop-Coat
Phoenix Resins Inc./MAS Epoxies
Photo Info Booth
Pinnacle Yachts
Poli Glow Products, Inc.
Port Sanilac Marina
Poseidon International
Prism Polish
Quantum Sail Design Group
Quinte Canvas Mfg.
Racine Riverside Marine, Inc.
Racine Yacht Club
Raymarine, Inc.
Reach the World – Chicago
Redpoint Ropes Manufacturing
Rentner Marine
Rescue Tape/Harbor Products, Inc.
Rhumbline Regatta
Rigging Only
Rob Swain Sailing School
Rolls Battery Engineering C/O Surrette
Ronstan International, Inc.
Sabre Yachts
Sail Care, Inc.
Sail Chicago
Sail Magazine
Sail Place, Inc
Sail Place, Inc.
Sail Sheboygan LLC
Sailboat Sales Co. at Crowley’s Yacht Yard
Sailing Angles, Inc.
Sailing Magazine
Sailors World Marina & Boat Club, Inc
Sailtime Chicago
Samson Rope Technologies
Scandia Marine Products Inc.
Scandvik, Inc.
Sea Fever Gear
Seaworthy Publications
Selden Mast, Inc.
Seven Seas Cruising Association
Sheridan Shore Sailing School
Shields One Design Sailing Assoc. Fleet #3
Show-Me Products
Simrad, Inc.
Skipper Marine Development
Skyway Yacht Works LLC
Southwind Marine LLC
Sport-A-Seat Paradise Co.
St. Louis Sailing Center, Inc.
Starboard Sun Corp.
Suncor Stainless, Inc.
Sunglass Connection
Superior Charters, Inc.
Superior Marine Service, Inc.
Team One Newport, Inc.
The Canvas Store
The Moorings, Ltd.
The Nantucket Bagg Co.
The Sailing Company
TopGallant Merchants
Torresen Marine, Inc.
TruStep / Island Blu Outfitters
Tufted Topper
U.S. Yachts
UK Halsey Sailmakers
Ultimate Hat & Skippers Belt
Uncommon U.S.A.
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
United States Power Squadron District 20
United Yachting Mfg.
University of Illinois Sailing Club
University of Michigan Sailing Team
University of Minnesota Sailing Team
University of Wisconsin Sailing Team
US Sailing Assoc.
US Spars, INC
Vari Propeller USA Div. of Epifanes NA
Voyager Ocean Passages
Voyager Windvanes Inc.
W. M. Black & Co.
W.D. Schock Corporation
Walker Bay Boats, Inc.
Waukegan Port District
Wayfarer Candle Company
West Marine
West Shore Marine
Wichard, Inc.
WindPath of Michigan
WINSLOW LifeRaft Co.
Yacht Works, Inc.
Yachting Vacations
Zuse Inc.

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30 January 2008 | College Sailing, Sailing Promotion, Seminars/Education, Social Events, Strictly Sail Chicago | Comments

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