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NEW! Gary Jobson’s Recap of the 34th America’s Cup—An Inside Look at What it Took to Win

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Gary Jobson, President of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, posted a series of notes on the America's Cup, beginning with his thoughts during the Louis Vuitton Cup and after each race day until the winner of the 34th America's Cup was determined. Gary will present his America’s Cup recap, an insider's view, with racing insights and his expert commentary at this year's show. Look for Gary's presentations on the seminar schedule Friday & Saturday, January 24 & 25.
Also be sure to check out the educational videos he has posted showcasing the science behind 34th America's Cup. You can watch all of the videos by visiting the "Science of the 34th America's Cup" page, or by going to NSHOF's Online Film Library. The Film Library now includes a two-part report by Walter Cronkite on the 1987 America's Cup, when NSHOF Hall of Famer Dennis Conner reclaimed the Cup from Australia.

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 NEW! Lin & Larry Pardey America's Most Recognized Cruising Couple

Lin and Larry Pardey are among America's (and the world's) most knowledgeable and recognized cruising sailors. They are known as "America's first couple of cruising." Together, Lin and Larry have sailed over 200,000 miles, including two circumnavigations east to west and west to east aboard self-built, wooden, engine-free cutters under 30 feet. Author of a dozen books, countless magazine articles, and co-creators of five cruising documentaries, Lin and Larry have shared their sailing experiences with tens of thousands around the globe prompting many to take up the sport and live the dream of the cruising lifestyle. Their motto has always been, Go simple, go small, go now!
For specific times of Lin & Larry’s special presentations check the seminar schedule. For more detail on their seminars click here.
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NEW! US Sailing Launches 4-hour Coastal Safety at Sea Course

Saturday Jan 25, 8am-12pm - Room 327
In support of coastal races and cruising, US Sailing now offers Coastal Safety at Sea Seminars. The new half-day seminars for skippers and crewmembers who participants in coastal or nearshore races, will help them understand the latest safety practices and ensure thay are familiar with the gear necessary to be safe. The curriculum is derived from the one-day and two-day seminars offered by US Sailing and will be moderated by the same instructors.
Topics may include;
1.      Emergency Communications Equipment and Techniques
2.      Personal Safety Gear (life jackets, harnesses, tethers, and personal electronics)
3.      Crew Overboard prevention and recovery
4.      Search and Rescue procedures
Topics will be determined by local instructors based local waters and needs. 
Cost $65.00 
One (2) day admission ticket to the show included with the price of the seminar.
Speakers: Moderated by Brian Adams and John Rousmaniere.
Coffee and water will be served.
Click Here to reserve your seat – seating is limited.


Back by popular demand! The Guru of Sailing Systems, Nigel Calder

Nigel's three hour comprehensive seminars are designed to help do-it-yourselfers get the job done stress free.
Friday January 24, 2pm – 5pm, Room 329
Hassle-free anchoring and docking, kedging off if you get it wrong, and understanding the limits of chart accuracy so you don’t run aground in the first place!
Course Fee: 60.00 per person and includes same day admission to the show.  Click here for a complete list of topics covered and registration option.
Saturday January 25, 9 am to 12:30pm, Room 329
DC systems design, installation, optimization and troubleshooting
Course Fee: 60.00 per person and includes same day admission to the show.  Click here for a complete list of topics covered and registration option.
Saturday January 25, 2 pm to 5:30, Room 329
Do-it-yourself diesel engine maintenance, optimization and troubleshooting.
Course Fee: 60.00 per person and includes same day admission to the show.  Click here for a complete list of topics covered and registration option.

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2014 Consumer Choice Awards—Vote for the "Best of Show" Award Winner 

Everyone who attends the show Thursday & Friday, January 23 & 24, will have an opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite in the show—from boats to booths, to new products and special events/features. Ballots will be available at the show box office, main entrances and the show office.  
Click here for details including categories and criteria. Each voter will be entered to win a "Night Out in Chicago." Prize includes $150 certificate for Shula's Steakhouse and one-night stay the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

The Consume Choice Awards

Not Ready for the Water? Try the Sailing Simulator and take a free sailing lesson without getting wet.

Get a feel for the water without leaving the show on a virtual sailboat ride. Certified ASA instructors will be on hand to offer you a free sailing lesson and the chance to experience how a small boat reacts to the wind and waves right on the show floor.

Designed and built by a nuclear physicist, the Sailing Simulator recreates the actual movement of a boat under sail and mimicks the waves with wind in the sail. It’s a unique training platform for sailors of all abilities—whether you’re a new boater who wants to learn how to sail or an experienced sailor who wants to practice under different sailing conditions. Stop by and see for yourself how it really feels to sail—without leaving dry land!

Training boat, Catalina Expo 12.5, provided by Catalina Yachts.

Lee Chesneau Marine Weather Center

One Day Marine Meteorology Weather Course
Lee Chesneau, Senior Marine Meteorologist, formerly with NOAA/NWS's Ocean Prediction Center, and now owner of Lee Chesneau's Marine Weather, will provide a challenging full day weather course as a follow up to his daily hour long seminars.
Sunday January 26,  8:00 am to 4:00 pm Room 326
Course Fee: $99.00 in advance or $150 includes two-day ticket to the show.

Location: Navy Pier Room 326 

Click Here to register for Lee's seminar.

NEW! Kids' Club and Activities for the Kids

Parents—Give your kids a break!  Kids' Club is a hands-on activity center designed just for junior sailors where children can jump and bounce and slide away... Then have a seat and draw “sailboats of the future,” and build wooden sailboats to sail in the pond or take home as a keepsake of the show. 

NEW! Yacht Club Members—Be Our Guest!

Progressive® Insurance Strictly Sail® Chicago is pleased to offer reciprocal Yacht Club benefits to all yacht club members.

To take advantage of this offer, simply show your valid yacht club membership card and day of entry wristband (received with your paid admission) at the Strictly Sail Yacht Club entrance for free access and use of the Strictly Sail Yacht Club.

Click Here for Strictly Sail Yacht Club benefits and details.

Welcome to the Water Center—Your one-stop resource for sailing information & advice!

Curious about sailing? Get started in sailing and learn how to make the most of your time on the water. Stop by and chat with a crew of friendly experts for:
    • Straightforward answers to all your sailing questions.
    • Unbiased advice on choosing a boat that suits your lifestyle and your budget.
    • Information you can trust and local resources to help you get started.

Sailing on a Budget? When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, sailing is probably far more affordable than you realize. Be sure to stop by the Welcome to the Water Center to check out our special showcase of budget-friendly boats you can finance for less than $250 per month.

When you compare the costs of boating to a single day at an amusement park or a trip to any major league game, you'll find that dollar for dollar, boating is really quite affordable. 

Start your day with a free sailing lesson.  Not ready to go out on the water? Stop by for a free sailing lesson on the new sailing simulator. An ASA certified sailing instructor will be on site to teach you the basics and get you ready to get out on the water.

Live Music with Frankendread

When: All Days of the Show

Frankendread is an accomplished Caribbean performer. His energetic performances have put smiles on faces around the world.
Known for his inexhaustible performance schedule of corporate events, weddings, private parties, pool parties, conventions, clubs, bars, tiki huts, backyards, schoolyards, restaurants, cruises, street performances, resorts, subways, and any other conceivable venue, Frankendread’s mission of presenting island music anytime, anywhere, anyplace has served him well.
Don't miss this rare appearance by one of the best steel drummers in the world. Live everyday!

Author’s Corner

When: All days of the show

Stop by the Author's Corner and visit with one of your favorite story tellers and pick up the latest adventure novels. Scheduled to be in attandance include: Stop back for a list of participating authors.

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