Strictly Sail Pacific® & Power Boat Expo Offers Something for Everyone

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Newly Combined Sail and Power Show Features Educational Seminars, a Host of Free, Hands-On Activities for Boaters of All Ages, Plus the Latest Sailboats, Power Boats, Accessories, and Gear

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  •     Strictly Sail Pacific® and Power Boat Expo is cruising into Oakland's Jack London Square April 15-19, 2009. More than 15,000 boating enthusiasts are expected to attend the five-day event to check out the latest boats, gear and accessories, participate in hundreds of educational seminars, and take part in special events ranging from free demo sails for kids to the Green Boating Zone featuring the latest eco-friendly boating products and best practices.
  •     The show features close to 300 exhibitors from around the world including a massive in-water fleet of both sail and power boats and hundreds of on-land exhibits. This year's show also features the world-premiere of two sailing yachts -- the Catalina 445 and the new Estero from Island Packet Yachts.

New Show Features:

  •     The Green Boating Zone -- New for 2009, the Green Boating Zone features the latest environmentally conscious boats and accessories. Also featured within the Green Zone is West Marine's "Go Green" display, which offers eco-friendly best practices; and the Green Accessory Center, previewing the newest green boating accessories to hit the market.
  •     Small Boat Zone -- This new display features fun and affordable small boats from the latest racing machines to traditional daysailers, as well as information on economical ways to get out on the water.

Activities for Kids:

  •     Sailing Programs for Children with Special Needs -- Non-profit organization, Heart of Sailing, is hosting sailboat rides for children with developmental disabilities. One-hour sails will be conducted all day long on April 15, beginning at 10 am and ending at 6 pm. Two-hour sails will be offered on Thursday April 16 - Sunday April 19 from 10 am - 6 pm. To register for or inquire about donations and sponsorship opportunities, log onto http://www.HeartofSailing.org .
  •     Free Sailing Seminars for Kids -- Call of the Sea, a nonprofit organization, is conducting free Navigation and Seamanship seminars for kids ages 6 - 12 throughout the show. The Seamanship seminar will teach kids sailing basics from how to tie knots to raising a sail. Seamanship Seminar times: Thursday and Friday (April 16 and 17) from 4:00-4:30pm and Saturday and Sunday (April 18 and 19) from 11:00-11:30am. The Navigation Seminar will cover navigation basics, including how to use the chart and compass. Navigation Seminar times: Thursday and Friday (April 16 and 17) from 4:30-5:00pm and Saturday and Sunday (April 18 and 19) from 11:30am-12:00pm.
  •     Kids Set Sail on SEAWARD -- Kids ages 10-18 and their parents or caregivers are invited onboard the Schooner SEAWARD as she explores the Port of Oakland and the Estuary. There will also be an optional navigation seminar while underway for those interested. Sails on the SEAWARD are scheduled Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, from 2:00-4:00pm. To sign up, visit the SEAWARD while she's docked at the show. For more information and pictures on Call of the Sea and the SEAWARD, visit http://www.callofthesea.org .
  •     O'Pen Bic Demo -- Junior sailors ages 8 to 15 and those who are young at heart are invited for a demo sail on the popular O'Pen Bic dinghy. O'Pen Bics are the latest sailboat dinghies designed especially for younger sailors. Demo sails are available on the Saturday and Sunday of the show. To book a demo sail at the show, contact Kevin Broome at kevin.broome (at) bicworld (dot) com.
  •     Junior Windsurfing Program -- On Saturday, April 18, 11:00 am-3:00 pm, the St. Francis Yacht Club will bring its Junior Windsurfing program to practice off the show docks at Jack London Square. For more information, go to http://www.stfyc.com or contact the Junior Director, Mike Kalin at mkalin (at) stfyc (dot) com, (415) 563-6363.

Sailing Programs:

  •     Yacht Club Challenge -- All yacht clubs in California have been invited to attend Strictly Sail Pacific & Power Boat Expo and take part in the Yacht Club Challenge. Each club has been given $5 discount coupons for its members and prizes will be awarded to the club that gets the most of its members to attend the show. There will be an overall winner and winners for each of the following regions: Delta, East Bay, North Bay, South Bay and Tahoe. Interested clubs should email Kevin Murphy at kmurphy (at) nmma (dot) org for additional details.
  •     Discover Sailing Center -- At Discover Sailing, new sailors can sign up for a sail with an expert skipper and get out on the water to experience the wonderful sailing lifestyle and gain some valuable hands-on experience. A 45-minute sail with a Discover Sailing skipper is free with the price of show admission. Once sailors return to the docks, they will be in the right place for one-stop shopping - to check out apparel, sailing schools, and even companies that offer learn-to-sail vacations in exotic locales.
  •     Cruise the Derek M. Baylis -- Attendees of Strictly Sail Pacific & Power Boat Expo can cruise onboard SeaLife Conservation's 65-foot Derek M Baylis, a sailboat designed for ocean research. Learn about the beauty of our oceans, the threats they are facing and what actions you can take in conservation efforts. For SeaLife Conservation programs, check out http://www.sealifeconservation.org .

Seminars:

  •     The Largest Seminar Program Ever -- Seminars, which run all five days of the show, are led by industry experts who come from all corners of the globe to share their expertise, their stories, and their passion for boating. With over 145 seminar sessions, 86 unique topics, and 54 speakers, this is the largest seminar program ever. Topics range from how to get started in sailing to sailing around the world.
  •     Offshore Cruising with John and Amanda Neal: (April 18, 8am - 6pm) -- John and Amanda Neal bring their combined 500,000 miles and 65 years of cruising experience to this interactive 10-hour seminar. The course will equip anyone planning on sailing offshore with the knowledge and tools needed to maximize their cruising experience. This seminar always sells out, so pre-registration is necessary.
  •     Marine Meteorology Levels 1 & 2, Level 1: (April 19, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and Level 2: (April 20, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) -- These seminars are intended to teach sailors how to make informed weather decisions for safer and more self-reliant offshore voyaging. The course is led by Senior Marine Meteorologist Lee Chesneau, former Outreach Coordinator for the National Weather Service's Ocean Prediction Center, US Coast Guard Certified STCW Instructor, and Marine Weather Presenter for Safety at Sea Seminars and Organized Maritime Trade Events. Attendees must complete Part 1 before signing up for Part 2. The $175 enrollment fee includes a two-day Strictly Sail Yacht Club show ticket. Pre-registration required.

Show Details:

Location:
On San Francisco Bay at Jack London Square in Oakland, California. Just across the Bay from downtown San Francisco, with easy access from around the Bay Area by ferry, BART or bus.

Hours:
Wednesday April 15: 12 pm-7 pm
Thursday and Friday April 16-17: 11 am-7 pm
Saturday April 18: 10 am-7 pm
Sunday April 19: 10 am-5 pm

Admission:
$12 - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Adults)
$15 - Saturday and Sunday (Adults)
$24 - Two-Day Adult Pass
$50 - Five-Day Pass (Available Online Only)
Free - Children 15 years and under (when accompanied by a paid adult)

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About Strictly Sail Pacific & Power Boat Expo
Strictly Sail Pacific & Power Boat Expo is co-produced by Sail America, the national trade association for the sailing industry and the Northern California Marine Association, a non-profit trade association recreational marine industry in Northern California. More information can be found at PacificBoatExpo.com].

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