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Features at a Glance

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Chicago Maritime Arts Center Build-a-Boat

Learn how to build a boat

Test your boat building skills! Build a boat from a sheet of aluminum foil and compete with other boat builders to see whose design can hold the most golf balls without sinking. Open to kids and adults. Stop by to watch the action and learn about kids building boats.
Top competitors from all categories will get a CMAC water bottle.
First Prize for kids ages 11–15—Full scholarship for any CMAC 2019 Boat Building Program (a $500 value)

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Progressive® Insurance Boat Club

Boost your boating IQ!

Come visit the Progressive Boat Club! Progressive provides education and inspiration in partnership with the Annapolis School of Seamanship so you can get the most of your boating lifestyle! Stop by to master your docking technique at our docking pool or take a spin at a Virtual Reality boating experience. You can also chat with a Progressive Insurance expert to ask any questions about boating coverages or get a free quote!

Children younger than age 13 can participate in the virtual reality activation with parent's onsite permission.

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Raingutter Regatta

Saturday, 10 AM—3 PM & Sunday 11AM—4 PM ONLY!

Hosted by the Pathway to Adventure Council

Join us in a friendly competition! The Boy Scouts of America Raingutter Regatta is the model sailboat equivalent of the Pinewood Derby model car race. Race a boat down a 10-ft. long standard rain gutter by blowing on the sail through a straw—no touching allowed. The first boat to reach the end of the gutter wins! Open to kids of all ages. Boats will be provided.

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Remote Control Sailboat Racing

Have you ever sailed in January…in Chicago? Ever sailed indoors? The remote control sailing pond offers you the chance to do just that. Race against your family, friends and teammates to see who the fastest sailor in the Midwest is! 

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US Sailing Sail Simulator

Free Sailing Lessons

Discover the fun of sailing—without leaving the show floor. Enjoy a true-to-life sailing experience as you tack and jibe and use the tiller to keep the boat level while fans fill the sails and move the boat from side to side.


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