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Default Newly Merged St. Petersburg Boat Show and Strictly Sail Runs Dec. 4-7, 2008


Two Great Shows in One Location!
The Newly Merged St. Petersburg Boat Show and Strictly Sail™ Is Gulf Coast’s Boating Super Show--Bigger and Better in 2008

Website for St Petersburg Boat Show and Strictly Sail™: (http://www.showmanagement.com/st_pet...il_2008/event/

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (Aug. 14, 2008) –The newly expanded St. Petersburg Boat Show and Strictly Sail’s new “super show” merger makes it the Gulf Coast’s largest boat show and a powerhouse in the Southeast.

Boater’s World presents The St. Petersburg Boat Show and Strictly Sail™ sponsored by Mercedes Benz and co-sponsored by Marina Pez Vela on Dec. 4-7, 2008 at the Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park featuring significantly bigger waterfront and land displays, along with several exciting new show additions. About 25,000 boaters and sailors from throughout the Gulf Coast and Southeast are expected to attend this four-day boating festival that is packed with family fun activities, parties and opportunities to enjoy a sail, climb aboard the latest boat models and check out the hottest new gear.

Veteran show producers Show Management of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Sail America of Middletown, RI, announced in June the merger of two successful, long-standing boat shows into one all-new “super show” now called St. Petersburg Boat Show & Strictly Sail.™ A lineup of premier sailing and boating manufacturers will display and debut a variety of boats, including cruisers, yachts, fishing boats, sailboats, sportsboats, runabouts and personal watercraft.

The new and expanded show venue adds 50 new sailboats to the customized floating docks, joining the current roster of 200+ powerboats. The Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin also will host an additional new on-land sailboat display, plus debut an impressive new seminar program for sailors and power boaters. In three air-conditioned seminar tents, renowned world cruisers, respected marine experts and intriguing boating authors will share their stories of adventure and provide need-to-know info on navigation, safety, software, marine equipment and accessories.

The expanded Accessories Tent will house the new marine-related gear, equipment and service vendors; the tent will also be air conditioned - another show first. More than 200 exhibitors will showcase what’s new in marine gear, charter destinations, engines, electronics, nautical clothing and cutting-edge technology for mariners.

“We believe this new combined show provides tremendous value for our show patrons, featuring an outstanding variety of boats, gear and a wealth of exciting activities,” said Dane Graziano, Show Management senior vice president and chief operating officer. “Save the dates now for what promises to be a fantastic show for boaters and sailors of all ages!”
Show patrons will delight in these special events:
• Hook the Future-Kids will “Hook the Future” in free fishing clinics during Saturday and Sunday shows with giveaways of free fishing rods and reels as long as supplies last. Kids who take part in the weekend fishing clinics also will enjoy free show admission.
• Discover Sailing-This national introduction-to-sailing program held throughout the four-day show gives show attendees a chance to enjoy a 30-minute sail with an expert skipper on a beautiful sailing yacht, sponsored by Hunter Marine.
• Latitudes and Attitudes Cruiser’s Bash-This crowd-pleasing party is celebrated Saturday evening from 6-8 p.m. and is a popular, casual pizza-and-beer fest.
AT A GLANCE INFORMATION: Boater's World presents the St. Petersburg Boat Show & Strictly Sail,™ sponsored by Mercedes Benz
Tickets are on sale now! Buy online and save time at the gate! To buy online, go to: http://www.showmanagement.com/st_pet...il_2008/event/
Then click on Ticket Info. Users can view on website lists and photos of boats and their show location and even make special viewing appointments online. Plenty of onsite parking and come-by-boat docks are available!
Where: Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin
400 First St. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
When: Thursday, Dec. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008

Times: Thursday: noon to 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $8 for each adult online; $10 for each adult at the gate
$3 for each child ages 6-15 online.
$5 for each child ages 6-15 at the gate
Children under 5 are free.

St. Petersburg Boat Show and Strictly Sail Media Contact: Susan O’Reilly, Kenton Smith Advertising & Public Relations: 407-856-6680, Ext. 220, or susano@kentonsmithadv.com.
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