From the Miami International Boat Show to a live webcast of the America's Cup, there's a lot to check out in the coming weeks.


The 22nd Miami International Boat Show will bring yachts and yachtsmen to the docks along Collins Avenue this February 11 to 15. Miami is one of the nation's biggest in-water shows, and will feature a new Sportfishing section this year at the North end of the show, with vessels on display from Vicem Yachts, Viking Yachts, Ocean Yachts, Davis Yachts, Hatteras Yachts, and more. (There will also be a new, floating cocktail barge in between the Hatteras and Viking displays). www.showmanagement.com

The St. Louis Boat Show will come to the America's Center and Edward Jones Dome, in St. Louis, Missouri, February 10 to 14. For anglers out there, the show will feature the Texas Bass Tank, a 40-foot long, 12-foot high glass aquarium stocked with fish. It offers a unique opportunity to watch fish react to and strike at different lures during the professional casting demonstrations that are held daily. www.stlouisboatshow.com

Can't make it Valencia? Don't fret. For the first time the history of the race, the 33rd America's Cup will be broadcast live via the Internet at www.americascup.com.

The International Yacht Restoration School will kick off their Tuesday night Dinner-and-a-Lecture series February 23. The spring series, Artists and Authors, begins with a presentation from model ship builder Lloyd McCaffery, titled "Art in Miniature." McCaffery has made over 60 ship models, and six of them are on display at IYRS as a part of the William H. Combs collection. www.iyrs.org