8 Great Yachting Events You Don’t Want to Miss in 2023
While we tend to think of boating as a summer activity, the truth is there are amazing yachting events happening from January through December all around the country. Here are eight great yachting events you don’t want to miss:
- Miami International Boat Show
- New York Boat Show
- The Ocean Race
- Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
- Seafair Milk Carton Derby
- Great Lakes Grand Prix
- United States Sailboat Show
- Winterfest Boat Parade
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Escape winter and head south to the Magic City. From February 16 to 20, this show is one of the most famous yachting events on the boat-show calendar. Besides featuring hundreds of boats to buy, it includes kids’ fishing clinics. Further check out the AquaZone, for hands-on watersports learning and testing.
From January 25 to 29, the Javits Center in New York City hosts the world’s longest-running boat show. It started humbly enough in 1905 and now brings together boats and great gear from around the globe. If you have kids, daily build-a-boat workshops let them create nautical toy masterpieces to take home as souvenirs.
Alongside the Olympic Games and America’s Cup, The Ocean Race is one of sailing’s Big Three events. In fact, it’s one of the toughest professional sporting events periods. Leg five of this relentlessly demanding, ’round-the-clock race takes it to Newport, Rhode Island, on May 10, depending on the weather. It’s the only leg in North America, too. Get up close with the teams as they compete in an in-port race on May 20 before they depart on May 21.
FLIBS is the famous shortened name for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. For 64 years, it’s been growing and growing (and growing…), becoming the world’s largest in-water boat show. See everything from skiffs to superyachts from October 25 to 29 across seven locations. More boats and yachts debut at FLIBS annually than at any other national boat show.
One of the more unusual yachting events, the Seafair Milk Carton Derby, on July 23, features colorful milk-carton boats of every conceivable shape, size, and design. Builders of all ages race them on Seattle’s Green Lake.
Those of you with a need for speed will love the Great Lakes Grant Prix in Michigan City, Indiana. From August 2 to 6, some of the world’s fastest offshore powerboats blast along the southern shores of Lake Michigan. You can meet and speak with the racers and team members, too.
The oldest and largest in-water new-sailboat exhibit in America, this yachting event dates back to 1970. Historic downtown Annapolis, Maryland, is the host. The show suits first-time buyers as well as old salts. Check out the new models as well as great gear with the Chesapeake Bay as the perfect backdrop.
“The best show on H20” kicks off the holidays in Fort Lauderdale each December. Boats as small as 20 feet and as large as 200 feet deck out their decks to participate. Although the 2023 date isn’t announced yet, the parade travels along the New River to the Intracoastal Waterway, then heads north to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. Various viewing areas are along the course as well.
Mark your calendars to participate in the best yachting events, and if you’ve never been on a yacht before, experience yachting for next to nothing.
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