Archives for the 'Boat Shows' Category

Real Pirates at Field Museum


The Real Pirates are in your government; taxing, borrowing and spending too much.

Field Museum has some pirates, too.

Through October 25, 2009.

15 April 2009 | Adventure, Boat Shows, Boating Disasters, Chicago, History | No Comments

LMSRF New Sailor and New Rules Seminars – FREE at Crowley’s Yachtapalooza

LMSRF announces:

Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation invites you to two seminars this Saturday March 21, 2009 at Crowley’s Yachtapalooza – Free! Forward this announcement around to your friends.

New Racers and What Crews Should Know 9:00-10:00AM
Learn how to get involved with sailboat racing and what it really takes to get a boat to the starting line.
by Glenn McCarthy

2009-2013 Racing Rule Changes 12:00-2:00PM
Learn about changes to the racing rules for 2009-2012.
by Dr. Warwick Coppleson & Glenn McCarthy

For directions and other seminars go to

20 March 2009 | Boat Shows, Hospitality, Racing Rules of Sailing, Seminars/Education | No Comments

Mackinac Race Q&A seminar – 11:45AM, January 31, 2009 – Strictly Sail Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Chicago to Mackinac sailboat race logo -

Race To Mackinac Committee announces:

I am pleased to announce that Chicago Yacht Club will have a booth at the Chicago Strictly Sail boat show this year. Additionally, we will be hosting a presentation at the show outlining our plans for, and answering your questions about, the 101st Race to Mackinac.


12 January 2009 | Boat Shows, Chicago to Mackinac Sailboat Race, Chicago Yacht Club, Seminars/Education, Strictly Sail Chicago | No Comments

2008 Crowley’s Yacht Yard Annual Yacht-A-Palooza

Crowley’s Yacht Yard

This weekend marks another tradition as the Chicago sailing season approaches. Crowley’s Yacht-A-Palooza arrives this Saturday, March 29, 2008.

Crowley’s Yacht Yard - 2008 Yacht-A-Palooza

“This year we have decided to Lu’au for Yacht-a-palooza. The event, as usual, will feature big discounts on selected store items, the Nautical Donations Flea Market tent, guest speakers, workshops, featured vendors, food, a pig roast, entertainment and prizes…and admission is FREE!”


26 March 2008 | Boat Shows, Hospitality, Racing Technology, Safety, Sailing Promotion, Sailmakers and Sail Lofts, Seminars/Education, Social Events | No Comments

Chicago Boat Show

The Chicago Boat, RV and Outdoors Show ended today.

Typically, there is little or no sailing presence at the show, despite the boating and recreation focus. One would expect attendees of a large, well-publicized and heavily-sponsored boat show would have interest in learning more about sailing. Conversely, one would expect the local sailing community to better use this event as an opportunity to promote local sailing activities. Unfortunately, that seems not to be the case.

Strictly Sail Chicago follows only one week later, as an entirely separate event. Although it is a welcome gathering for midwest sailors in the middle of winter, marketing sailboats and sailing to the more highly-focused audience lacks the exposure provided by the larger, better-advertised and better-supported Chicago Boat Show. It seems less than ideal that the Chicago Boat Show is under-used for promoting sailing.

National Marine Merchants Association

Apparently, the show organizers, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), have finally arrived at the same conclusion. Shows in Virginia and Baltimore this year introduced Sailfest to test the waters of introducing more sailing at the boat shows.


20 January 2008 | Boat Shows, Sailing Promotion | No Comments

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