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Formula One Miami Grand Prix Yachting?

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Formula 1 is here.  Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines….and captains, prepare to cast off!

Formula One is scouting Miami, Florida as a site for a Grand Prix race.  F1, or FIA Formula One World Championship, is the foremost auto racing league on the planet.  Envision Miami – dozens of superyachts lining the course.  Thousands of thrilled spectators crowd luxury yacht decks to see the action.

Four race cars on a winding street beside the ocean. Lalique and Black Label banners behind the cars as they whiz by.



Per the Miami Herald, F1 execs met with mayor and government officials in November in Miami.  They discussed racing logistics for an annual event along Biscayne Bay, downtown Miami.

Events Director for city of Miami, Vicente Betancourt, says the goal is to add Miami to the Formula 1 season in 2020. “It’s like the Super Bowl of auto racing,” said Betancourt. “Hopefully we can make it happen.”


Will the amazing Michael Buffer possibly be the announcer for a Miami Grand Prix Formula One race?



Wouldn’t you love to see professional race car drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Bottas, Vettel, Raikkonen, or Verstappen driving?  High-tech Mercedes, Ferraris, Alfa Romeos, and Maseratis on the Sunny downtown Miami streets?

What a wonderful boost for the South Florida economy.  A Grand Prix Formula One race could provide corporate sponsorships from such companies as Amazon.  (Jeff Bezos, graduated high school in Miami, in the same class as our company President, Jana Sheeder). Other sponsors to include:



From April through November, the Formula One’s series is comprised of 20 races in cities around the world. Those cities include Singapore, Budapest, Sao Paulo, Dubai, and Monaco.   There are 15 road courses and five courses laid out on city streets.

Formula 1 has new ownership (Liberty Media) and looks to expand its U.S. presence.  F1 has a massive fan base across the globe; however, it lags behind other sports in the United States, like football, basketball, and NASCAR.  Soccer is as popular as F1 racing. The only United States Grand Prix race is in Austin, Texas right now. Chase Carey, Liberty Media’s CEO of the Formula 1 Group, says he wants another race in America.  An event in Miami, or possibly Las Vegas or New York, has been publicly discussed.

Carey wants to see F1 grab a foothold in “destination cities” like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, or Las Vegas. This would create a week-long celebration capable of attracting people from all over the world.



Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters believes Miami is a natural fit for a F1 event.

“Of all the races held annually by F1, the two premier events are staged in Monaco and Abu Dhabi,” says Sheeder.  “Both locations have courses along the waterfront, and thousands of spectators enjoy the race and the festivities from the decks of dozens of luxury yachts.  The Miami Grand Prix would duplicate that unique setting, as the course would pass through downtown Miami, along our beautiful waterfront area – and we have many superyachts that already make South Florida their home port.”

According to, Formula One filed on November 1st for a new trademark on a race event in Miami (as well as Las Vegas and New York). The next day, Sean Bratches, Formula One’s director of commercial operations, came to Miami, with his track engineers, and met with Mayor Francis Suarez and checked  out the city streets near the downtown area, along the waterfront. Betancourt, who has been in communications with F1 since May said nothing was finalized. “We’ve got to see if it works and what it would cost them to actually bring it out. I think the ball is pretty much in their court.”


Sheeder points out the idea of a major road race and spectator yachts is not new for the city. In the 1980’s, the Miami Grand Prix was a major annual event (but not affiliated with the F1 series).

“Private luxury yacht charter vessels would line up, stern-to the seawall in the area that is now the Bayside Marketplace, and spectators would watch the race from the deck of their superyachts. In the evening, many of the yachts would host private parties for the charterers, as well as the owners, drivers, and corporate sponsors of the racing teams.”


Sheeder is optimistic a new F1 week-long race event will become a marquee attraction for South Florida.

“Assuming the financing and logistics make sense for Formula One, a corporate hospitality Miami Grand Prix  yacht charter could easily rival the excitement of a Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter or an Abu Dhabi yacht charter.  Yes, Monaco has the edge thanks to many decades of exposure, but Miami could make a big splash.  We have the best weather, and the largest inventory of luxury yacht charter vessels anywhere in the world.  Throw in the sexy appeal of nearby South Beach with world-famous hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and celebrities, and Miami is a world-class big-event town.”

Where else can you go to an upscale event, wearing little more than sandals and a bathing suit, where the best “seat” in the house is in an on deck Jacuzzi on a private luxury yacht???

women in white bikini tops sipping champagne in the hot tub of a yacht


Attending a Grand Prix event on a yacht is the ultimate in corporate hospitality.  Come experience the excitement and glamour of Formula 1 racing in 2018.  For more information about a Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter, or to rent a yacht for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix or for any other F1 race, contact us at TODAY.

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Solent Yacht and Corporate Bareboat Sailing

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Photograph of men all wearing red jackets and standing and sitting on a sailboat that is underway. The men are waving at the camera. It is a team-building exercise on a boat. The yacht is headed toward the right side of the photo.

Corporate Sailing – Team Building


There is nothing more adventurous than sailing in the open water, and many destinations around the world offer the best conditions for sailing and other water activities. Since not many people own a boat or a yacht, there are some certain arrangements you can opt for if you want to go sailing in Solent for example. One of the most popular arrangements is bareboat charters.


This type of agreement means that the owner will allow the use of the boat without providing any crew or provisions to the person chartering it. There are bareboat charters that can only be for a specific period of time, while there are some charters where the person obtains full control of the vessel and the owner will not provide any administration or technical maintenance. In Solent (a strait separating the Isle of Wight from the mainland of England), there are many established companies that offer charters for people who want to experience life on the open ocean for less.



Sailing is a popular activity that is best enjoyed with a group of people. These days, sailing has become one of the ways to improve team performance and as a form of work incentive. Corporate sailing can be for fun or for experiential learning for employees. This activity is highly participatory and challenging. It encourages everyone to participate and enjoy the activity while breaking down barriers in communication. There is no wonder why many companies enjoy sailing in Solent as a great team building effort. To make the yacht charter activity fun, safe, and engaging however, you must hire a sailing company that can provide all the needed provisions during the charter. Hire a professional that will guide inexperienced members of the group to become familiar with the basics of sailing.



Whether you want to enjoy sailing privately or as a company activity, Solent still has some of the best sailing facilities and providers. Whether you prefer a bareboat charter or a private luxury yacht charter, you will find excellent companies like 1-800 Yacht Charters at or Bareboat Depot at that can cater to everything that you need. You can bring your family aboard and enjoy a few days in the open ocean near Solent. While sailing may not be a cheap hobby, chartering is making this activity more reasonable and accessible for everyone. To provide you with all the resources you need, the internet is complete with details to help you contact a sailing company in Solent, and you will have a choice among many sailing companies depending on the kind of experience you are looking for and your budget.


For bareboat yacht charters in the Caribbean, the Florida Keys, Miami, the Bahamas, the South Pacific, and the Mediterranean, contact Bareboat Depot at

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