Excellent, glad you can come. Most of the big manufacturers are here (Hunter, Catalina
, Island Packet
, Tartan, Jenneau, Beneteau
, etc. The usual vendor fare of everything from winches to ginsu knives. Seminars all day every day. Many good free ones, but if you feel like dropping some coin on some intensive edumacation, I can recommend the all-day Offshore
Cruising course Saturday, led by John and Amanda Neal of Mahina Expeditions. It's $175.00 per person, $285 for a couple. The textbook alone is a wealth of info and worth the money
. There's also an excellent 2-day meteorology course taught by Lee Chesneau, former Senior Meteorogist for NOAA. It's $325.00, but it'll feel like money
well-spent the next time you peer up around the dodger
at that menacing cloud formation. Of the free seminars, don't miss Capt. Jack Klang's very entertaining and informative sail trim and single-handing presentations down on the show floor. Here's a link to all things seminar at the Chicago Show: Seminars – Strictly Sail Chicago
. There's also a Kids' booth, with model boatbuilding, drawing and knot
tying, and a contest booth where you can enter to win a Moorings Charter
and a week's stay at the Bitter End Yacht Club.
See you at the shoo! I'm the 6'2", 260-lb bald guy with the big smile and loud hawaiian shirt behind the Exhibitor Services counter.