With beautiful year-round weather and some of the world’s most enviable waters in our backyard, it’s no surprise that South Florida is the hub for some of the country’s premier boating events. Throughout the year we have marquee shows and races that bring in the world’s top boaters to enjoy our pristine waters and all that South Florida has to offer. Here are the top four can’t miss events for every boating aficionado.
Miami International Boat Show (February 14-18, 2019)
One of the highlights of the Miami calendar every year, the Miami International Boat Show returns to the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin, where an estimated 100,000 attendees from around the globe will gather to enjoy the five days of boating. The show is recognized as one of the world’s largest boat shows, showcasing thousands of the newest boats, marine technologies, and boating accessories from leading manufacturers. There is plenty to do at the boat show, from test drives and boating lessons, to a first-class VIP experience and sailing seminars. New this year, show goers have the opportunity to learn more about going green on the water at the new Conservation Village, and can partake in training sessions to sharpen their boat handling skills with a variety of daily courses.
Miami Yacht Show (February 14-18, 2019)
Coinciding with the Miami International Boat Show is the Miami Yacht Show. Now in its 31st year, it will be getting a new home this year at One Herald Plaza. The luxury yacht and super yacht show promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a 60-acre display that includes a massive 67,000-square-foot exhibition space and nearly 500 yachts from the world’s foremost yacht and super yacht manufacturers and brokers. Expecting a global audience of more than 29,000 visitors, the event also boasts pop-up luxury retail, guest lounges and bars, exotic cars, private aircraft, and special events. The weekend also coincides with Art Wynwood, a contemporary and modern art fair produced by Art Miami and held adjacent to the show.
Miami Sailing Week (March 4-10, 2019)
The 10th annual Miami Sailing Week regatta returns to the Magic City this spring. The event brings more than 200 sailors every year to compete from 23 countries throughout the pristine waters of Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove. Partnering with the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, the week is jam packed with award ceremonies, cocktail parties and cultural exhibits like photography shows and local musical performances, that both the sailors and the local community can enjoy.
Columbus Day Regatta (October 12-13, 2019)
In celebration of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to America in 1492, hundreds of sailing boats race around Biscayne Bay during the annual Columbus Day Regatta. The celebration continues with after hours cocktail parties and award shows and the weekend rounds out with a large lively party on the water that everyone can partake in on Columbus Day.
Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (October 30- November 3, 2019)
Coming into its 60th year, the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is a mainstay in the international yachting calendar. Featuring five action-packed days, about 1,200 boats are on display including an impressive fleet of super yachts among the line-up, including some of the year’s most exciting new launches. The show attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe, with 1,000 exhibitors lined up along the boardwalks, presenting their latest concepts, as well as supplying information for prospective clients and onlookers. There are also a range of auxiliary events on land like glamorous parties and social mixers.And after its successful debut last year, the yacht chef competition will be back for its second edition, seeing a new selection of yacht chefs battle it out for a prestigious Wine Enthusiast award.