Features at a Glance

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Sailing Simulator

Free Sailing Lessons

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to pilot a sailboat, here’s your chance to find out. Climb aboard the Sailing Simulator and discover how fun and easy it is to sail—without leaving dry land. Designed with beginners in mind, the sailing simulator offers a true-to-life sailing experience. You’ll tack and jibe and use the tiller to keep the boat level on the show floor as fans fill the sails and move the boat from side to side.

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Corona Find Your Beach Bar & Cantina

Put yourself in a vacation state of mind!

The Corona Find Your Beach Bar & Cantina serves up an island resort ambiance along with icy cold beverages and tasty casual fare including Baha Cali fish tacos, beer battered fish & chips and specialty flatbreads. It’s the perfect place to take a break, meet up with friends and ponder your outdoor adventure options. Todd Donnelly of the Mr. Myers Band will provide musical entertainment.

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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center

FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair Seminars

If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free seminars cover a variety of topics, include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions. Come with your questions and projects to discuss, and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself. 

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Huck Finn Trout Pond

FREE fishing for children 12 and younger

There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release trout pond, stocked with frisky trout is a great way to introduce kids to the sport of fishing. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment when your little angler reels in a "big one"!

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NEW! Take the American Sailing Association's Sailing Challenge

Put your sailing skills to the test.

New to sailing and curious about what it takes to handle a sailboat? Or are you a more experienced sailor looking for a challenge?

Put your sailing skills to the test and race your family and friends in the American Sailing Association”s (ASA) Sailing Challenge. Take control of the tiller with one hand, the mainsheet in the other and set off on a virtual marina course. Sail head-to-head, tack, jibe and trim your sails to maneuver your sailboat around the course—the fastest time wins!

Developed by the ASA, the Sailing Challenge is great fun regardless of your level of sailing experience!

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NEW! US Sailing Safety at Sea™ Course

US Sailing sanctioned course is designed for sailors of all types and abilities—cruisers and racers, novices and experts. It also provides sailors who compete in offshore races with required safety training certification. The full-day course is modeled after the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman training and is moderated by Bill Biewenga. Topics covered include personal safety, crew overboard prevention and recovery, search and rescue, and communications.

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PaddleFest

In search of a new way to enjoy the water, spend time outdoors or energize your exercise routine? Head to the PaddleFest Pool to experience the fun of stand up paddle boarding( SUP), kayaking and other paddle sports. We’ll provide all the gear and instruction you need to take a demo ride—no experience needed.

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Progressive® Insurance Boat School

Boost your boating IQ!

Top-notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will be on deck to teach an entertaining curriculum of hands-on boating “courses.” They’ll share tips and tricks that will help you and your crew play it safe while having fun on the water. It’s enjoyable and educational for the whole family!

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Rockin', Rollin', Bubbles

Climb inside to take a spin—literally—in the Rockin’ Rollin’ Bubbles. Act like a crazy hamster, try log rolling tricks or race with other “water walkers”. It’s great fun, and best of all, you can go with a friend. Be sure to bring your camera—the photo ops are fantastic!

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RV Info Center

Don't miss leading RV expert and author of The RV Handbook David Solberg. Dave will be on hand to chat with you about the joys of RVing and his experiences on the road and behind the wheel. Whether you’re a first-timer, a full-timer, or fall somewhere in between Dave can answer your questions and offer proven, practical advice for your next road trip.

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Sailing Seminars

Whether you’re curious about sailing, a new sailor just learning the ropes or consider yourself an able skipper, when it comes to sailing, there’s always something new to learn. With more than 200 hourly seminars available, you’re sure to find a session that suits your sailing skills.

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Simple Machines Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Presented by US Sailing

Kids will learn about how sailboats work as they explore the show in search of the simple machines used on sailboats by sailors to help move the sailboat through the water or to move items on board.

Here’s how it works:

  • Visit the U.S. Sailing Booth to pick up a Simple Machines Scavenger Hunt Card
  • Search for examples of six simple machines on boats throughout the show
  • Bring your completed card back to the US Sailing booth for a prize

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United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer

Boating Simulator

Take the helm of a virtual boat to practice basic boating maneuvers and improve your boating skills—without leaving dry land. The United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer® makes learning fun and easy! It features a steering wheel and a real Mercury throttle you use to “drive” a 20-ft. console boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a full marina.

Training options include close quarters maneuvering, docking and more. Instructors can adjust current and wind direction and velocity, and day/night settings to vary the degree of difficulty and challenge you whatever your skill level.

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