Miami Boat Rally Participants to Cruise the Florida Keys

The Miami Boat Rally brings boaters to the Keys for a fun-filled competition.
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More than 50 recreational boats are to follow a course filled with enjoyable activities and stops from Miami to Key Largo, Islamorada and Marathon during the Miami Boat Rally’s annual Florida Keys Rendezvous. The family-friendly event is set for Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 1-4.

The nautical challenge brings boaters to the Keys for a fun-filled competition, with points earned based on timing of arrivals and departures at scheduled locations, as well as sporting activities including paddleboarding, a treasure hunt, a costume contest and more.

Three categories of boats are to participate — sport line boats, cabin cruisers and high-performance craft.

Rally boaters are to begin the weekend with a captains meeting Thursday, Aug. 1, to pick up their boat number, rally shirts, detailed information on the weekend’s competitions and safety information.

Friday, Aug. 2, participating boats are to travel from Miami’s Biscayne Bay with stops at Gilbert’s Resort in Key Largo and Islamorada’s sandbar, with a full afternoon schedule of competitive activities to accrue points. Boaters are scheduled to depart the sandbar at 5 p.m. and travel to Marathon’s Faro Blanco Resort and Yacht Club for the night.

Saturday, Aug. 3, rally boaters are to head to a sandbar in the Grassy Key area for a relaxing day of fun in the sun and a costume contest — the final chance to earn points in the rally competition.

The rally’s closing and award ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Faro Blanco.

Sunday, Aug. 4, boaters can remain in the Keys or return to the Florida mainland on their own schedule.

Registration is $200 per boat for up to four participants, with additional participants $75 each. Fees include admission to the rally along with Miami Boat Rally/Florida Keys Rendezvous shirts, nautical guides, logistics, support boats and participation in boating and sandbar activities that are to be accompanied by photo and video teams.

Event information is available at For Florida Keys visitor information visit or call 1-800-FLA-KEYS.


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