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Sailing in Chicago in January?

Have you ever wanted to sail in January? Sail indoors on the Chicago Boat RV & Strictly Sail Indoor RC Pond. That's right we'll be sailing indoors January 14-18 at McCormick Place. Come by and challenge your family, challenge your friends or your crew to who prove who sails the fastest around the course. Daily prizes will be awarded for the fastest times. 

2015 Consumer Choice Awards—Vote for the "Best of Show" Award Winner 

Everyone who attends the show Thursday & Friday, January 15 & 16, 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.  
More details to follow.

The Consumer Choice Awards

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

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 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!

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

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.

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!

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.