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18th Annual Billy Creel Memorial Gulf Coast Wooden Boat Show, Schooner Pier Complex, Biloxi, MS, May 18-19 Historic, antique, classic and contemporary wooden boats at the largest gathering of watercraft on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Wooden Boat Show features exhibits, demonstrations, music, children’s activities, good food, contests, prizes and more! 10-6. Schooner Pier Complex, 367 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS. (228) 435-6320.

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Wrecker’s Cup Race, Key West, March 31, April 28 This race, if you could call it that, is sponsored by the Schooner Wharf Bar on the waterfront in downtown Key West. This Sunday afternoon race commemorates the race to a wreck that signified the old days when Key West’s main business was wreck salvage. Boats race seven miles out to Sand Key from the Key West waterfront and back. The race has five classes: Classic, Schooner, Multihull, Monohull over 30 feet and Monohull under 30 feet. Locals and visitors are invited and welcome. It is known as the “anything-but-serious race.” First boat back wins. No

protests allowed. Sailing/boating rules and rules of seamanship always apply. Four races are held over four months. The race is videotaped and the awards ceremony after the race at the bar serves a barbecue dinner while guests watch the race on a big screen TV. Beer drinking is very common. Race dates remaining are March 31 and April 28. There is a captain’s meeting the day before the race at the bar at 7 pm, where “captains and crew contemplate strategy while reviewing course and race rules.” Race awards, booty, music and barbecue are after the race at the bar at 7 pm. www.schoonerwharf.com.

8th Annual Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Festival, Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Sarasota, FL, April 19-21 This year the Sarasota Sailing Squadron will host the 8th Annual Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Festival. Come to see boats, or to sail, row, paddle or simply show your classic or traditional boat the weekend of April 19-21. The weekend will begin with an informal barbecue on Friday evening for early arrivals. On Saturday, there will be rowing and sailing

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