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Not Ready for the Water? Try the Sailing Simulator and take a free sailing lesson provided by an ASA certified instructor.

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

The simulator is one of only two in the entire US. Designed and built by a nuclear physicist, the Sailing Simulator is the only teaching device of its kind in the US. The 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!

Instruction provided by ASA certified instructors. Training boat, a Catalina Expo 12.5, provided by Catalina Yachts.

Cruiser's Corner - A Gathering of Cruisers

Cruising Outpost Magazine and Strictly Sail have partnered to host a "Gathering of Cruiser's" party, Saturday, January 17 from 4pm–9pm at the Strictly Sail Tiki Bar of the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show. 

Join with hundreds of other boaters at McCormick Place in the South Hall and enjoy the sounds of Bounding Main, an internationally performing vocal group that blends modern harmonic arrangements with traditional maritime songs. There will be a no-host bar and food available. Well-known cruising expert Bob Bitchin' will be on hand to answer your questions about boating, cruising and the boating lifestyle.  For more information on Bounding Main Click Here  Looking to save a little money and have some fun? Come to the show on Saturday dressed like a pirate and pay only $7.00 addmission (not to be combined with any other discount). Everyone dressed like a pirate on Saturday will receive 1/2 price addmission.

During the show The Cruiser’s Corner will host nationally known experts on cruising, weather and communications in a casual information exchange between cruiser's and sailors. Schedule Coming Soon!


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!

We're 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.

Discover Boating 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!