Strictly Sail Miami changing venues

CHICAGO — Strictly Sail Miami is making a temporary move to Sea Isle Marina for 2010 to address exhibitor space needs and ensure the event remains viable, according to a release from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Sail America.

The show is moving from its traditional location, Miamarina at Bayside, to co-locate with the in-water powerboat portion of the Miami International Boat Show.

“After examining the current landscape of the show and evaluating feedback from the sailing industry, Sea Isle was the logical alternative for the 2010 show,” said Kevin Murphy, show manager of Strictly Sail Miami, in the release. “Located near the Miami Convention Center and home to the in-water portion of the Miami Boat Show, we anticipate the Sea Isle Marina location will attract a greater number of boat show attendees and, ultimately, more leads for Strictly Sail Miami exhibitors.”

Strictly Sail Miami 2010 will occupy Pier 5 at Sea Isle Marina, which holds up to 55 sailboats; 16th street, which will showcase all sail-related booths from accessories to travel; and the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Church parking lot, which will hold Strictly Sail Miami’s seminars, special events and features.

“Every effort is being made to create a successful selling event for exhibitors and an appealing atmosphere for Strictly Sail Miami attendees,” said Jonathan Banks, executive director of Sail America. “The show will continue to showcase the best the sailing industry has to offer with live music, parties and more for the sailing community.”

The event is scheduled to take place Feb. 11-15.

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