Southampton Boat Show 2015 – Free Attractions
Southampton Boat Show 2015 runs from Friday 11th September until Sunday 20th September at the Mayflower Park, Southampton.
This year I thought I would list some of the free attractions on offer at the show.
Earl of Pembroke
The Earl of Pembroke is a three-masted tall ship which was built in Sweden in 1945. She was used for trading timber in the Baltic before undergoing a complete restoration in 1985. The ship is now an exact replica of the HMS Endeavour, the ship that took Captain Cook to Australia on his first expedition. The Earl Of Pembroke is now used for private hire and has also been used in several films and television series such as Hornblower, Treasure Island, Longitude, Moll Flanders and The Count of Monte-Cristo to name but a few.
Southampton University have put together rockpools and tanks filled with fascinating creatures that are found in our local waters. Also on display is a dark-room filled with coral and anemones to show off their natural ability to emit fluorescent light. Scientists and students from Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton will be on hand to answer all your watery questions about the oceans. Stand A134.
Suzuki Rib Experience
Visitors can have the chance to get out on the water at the Show on a RIB. The 7.8m RIB will whisk visitors around Southampton Water completely free of charge, provided you are over 8 years, of a certain height and promise to wear one of their lifejackets. To book a place visit the Suzuki stand E056.
Adventure River Canoe Ride
For the younger adventurers amongst us, the adventure river canoe ride gives little ones the chance to experience what it’s like to take their canoe down a fearsome winding river! Height restrictions may apply and explorers may get a little wet. Hunt out stand A133 for more details.
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The All Wales Boat Show 2015 runs for 3 days from Friday 8th May until Sunday 10th May. Located in Pwllheli on the picturesque Llŷn Peninsula the boat show will be one of the very first events to take place at Plas Heli, the newly constructed Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre.
The show, in its fourth year, is a festival of celebration for water-based activities. At the All Wales Boat Show 2015, you will see a range of exhibitors, show events and have-a-go activities for all the family to try. So a great day out for all sailing enthusiasts, watersports-lover and visitors looking for a fantastic day.
What’s On at the All Wales Boat Show 2015
Bear Grylls Epic will bring a brand new fitness concept to the All Wales Boat show 2015. The Bear Grylls EPIC fitness sessions will be held on the beach throughout the course of the show. These sessions are designed and inspired by adventurer Bear Grylls to change the way that you think about exercise. The BG Epic training sessions are suitable for all ages and fitness levels of the visitor, and are held by fully qualified, experienced and insured fitness instructors. So why not come along and try out this new and effective way to get fit on the stunning beach at Pwllheli.
Come along to see the Newfound Friends at the All Wales Boat Show 2015, and watch these talented rescue dogs in action.
Newfound Friends is a charitable organisation, founded with the aim of raising money for children’s charities using the wonderful skills of the Newfoundland dog. They have raised millions of pounds for a wide range of charities since their start in 1989. Newfoundland dogs are known for their incredible swimming skill and have been used for hundred of years as sea rescue dogs. Their strength and swimming agility make them a sight to behold. The Newfound Friends will be demonstrating in the inner harbour area on the following dates and times:
11.30am – 12.00pm on Friday 8 May
12.20pm – 12.50pm on Saturday 9 May
13.15pm – 13.45pm on Sunday 10 May
London Boat Show 2015 at ExCel London
The London Boat Show 2015 will run from Friday 9th January until Sunday 18th January at its usual venue, ExCel London.
This year will see in excess of 450 exhibitors from the boating and affiliated industries.
There will be a 4D experience where visitors will walk through a number of nautical locations. From the heat of the tropics to the cold icy blow of the Arctic. The 4D Experience will excite your senses with sounds and sensations of the different locations.
The watersports pool will be back so visitors can experience various watersport taster sessions. This is a bookable activity so be sure to book your slot at the Rockley Booking Point when you arrive at the London Boat Show 2015.
The star attraction of the show will be Sir Ben Ainslie and the Ben Ainslie Racing Team (BAR). The BAR stand will be an interactive display outlining the British challenge for the 35th America’s Cup. Also, it shows what will be on offer at the Visitor Centre at the new BAR HQ when it opens in Portsmouth in June this year. There will be the launch of the team merchandise range and talks from some of the sailors and designers. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the BAR team and find out more about the British Challenge.
Visitors to the London Boat Show 2015 will find parking on site. If travelling by underground then Customs House served by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is your destination station. Please note if travelling to London using the SouthWest Trains network, they are carrying out extensive engineering work at Wimbledon over the two weekends of the show. Most routes on this network will be affected so do check first before leaving, you may well have to plan an alternative route.
The PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014 runs from Friday 12 September until Sunday 21st September. As is usual it will be gracing the Mayflower Park/Town Quay area of Southampton. For those of you finding your way with a SatNav, SO15 1AG.
Many new attractions have been talked about to encourage more visitors this year. Last year saw over 100,000 visitors to the show. Here are just some of the attractions on offer at the Southampton Boat Show 2014:
Challenge 72 Round the World Experience
Board the Global Challenge sailing yacht for an exciting trip around the Solent to experience what it is like to crew aboard a 72-foot racing yacht. For 1 hour 30 minutes, you can helm the boat, hoist the sails, or winch ’til your muscles pop. It matters not if you are a novice or experienced sailor, great fun will be had under the guidance of the professional crew.
Tall Ship Phoenix
This replica brig, which has appeared in many films, will be berthed at the Boat Show marina for photo opportunities. It’s not clear but the literature does say it’s free to explore so fill your pirate boots.
Daily Tribute Concerts
Each day there will be live music in the form of a tribute act to entertain the crowds. From 4:30 until 6:30 every afternoon you can listen to Frank Sinatra, George Michael, Michael Buble, The Beatles, Madonna and Elton John to name but a few. The venue has not been given yet but I’m sure they shouldn’t be too hard to find if you listen carefully!
Southampton Boat Show 2014 Eye
A giant Ferris wheel will lift visitors 100 feet into the air for spectacular views across Southampton Water. Provided the weather is co-operating you should be able to see across to Hythe, over the city and maybe you may catch a glimpse of the Isle of Wight. If this is the same wheel that was present at Cowes Week then it is definitely worth the £3 ride.
Ride on an ORC!
Hang on a minute I hear you cry, an ORC is a brutish mythical creature used by the villains in Tolkien’s fantasy writings. Well yes, you are most correct, but there is another ORC and this one is slightly different but probably equally as scary! Ride on a Royal Marine Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC). Free but needs to be booked through the Try a Boat desk. I’m sure this will be a very popular activity, particularly on Ladies Day!
Back by popular demand are the usual suspects. Get Afloat for youngsters to try their hand at dinghy sailing and stand up paddleboarding. By young I mean 8-16-year-olds and it’s free on a first-come-first-served basis. The RYA are again running their popular Active Marina Experience for refreshing your sailing skills and picking up handy tips. These workshops need to be booked too as spaces are limited.
For more information on Southampton Boat Show, 2014 just visit the Boat Show Website.
Boot Dusseldorf 2014
Boot Dusseldorf or the Dusseldorf International Boat Show is Germany’s premier boat show and one of the largest boat shows in the world. It is held annually at the Messe Dusseldorf in Germany for one week in January. This year it runs from 18th to 26th January 2014
Boot Dusseldorf will see some 1600 exhibitors and over 240,000 visitors, with 20% of these being foreign visitors. Boot Dusseldorf is marketed as a trade fair showing new developments in the yacht and also water sports industry. Sailing and motor yachts are the biggest attraction with diving the next most visited section of the exhibition. Dusseldorf is located inland and all boats and yachts are undercover, unlike the Genoa Boat Show in Italy, which is of comparable size but more of a traditional boat show.
If you are considering a trip to Boot Dusseldorf then the city of Dusseldorf itself is well worth a visit too. Dusseldorf is located on the Western side of Germany in the Northern Rhineland on the banks of the Rhine river. Essen is to the North and Cologne to the South. With a population of nearly 600,000 inhabitants, Dusseldorf is a thriving international business and financial centre famous for its fashion and trade fairs. Indeed Messe Dusseldorf (the venue of Boot Dusseldorf) claims to hold one-fifth of all the worlds premier trade shows. The Königsallee Avenue or Kö for short is Düsseldorf’s most popular shopping mile and a must for visitors. Kö is one of the most beautiful and chic shopping streets in Europe. The Old town or Altstadt also deserves some time. This area is dubbed “the longest bar in the world” and boasts over 260 pubs and traditional brewery taverns. A visit to the Zum Uerige on the banks of the Rhine should feature on the itinerary. Here you will be served Düsseldorf’s famous dark beer, Altbier, and a plate of the local Rhineland cuisine, Rheinischer Sauerbraten, a beef roast marinated in vinegar and spices served with gravy and raisins or maybe perhaps some Himmel und Äd (Heaven and Earth) black pudding with stewed apples mixed with mashed potatoes.
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The United States Sailboat Show runs from Thursday, October 10th until Monday 14th October 2013 at the historic waterfront of Annapolis in Maryland.
The home of the US Naval Academy hosts several boat shows this year. The United States Powerboat Show is already underway along with the Annapolis Brokerage Show then the United States Sailboat Show ends the Fall’s nautical activity.
The United States Sailboat Show should attract around 50,000 visitors this year. The Annapolis Boat Show is regarded as the most comprehensive boating exhibition in the industry. It is the largest and oldest in-water boat show in the United States.
OPENING TIMES FOR THE UNITED STATES SAILBOAT SHOW
Thursday, VIP Preview Day Oct. 10, 2013 10 am – 6:00 pm
Friday Oct. 11, 2013 10 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday Oct. 12, 201310 am – 6:30 pm
Sunday Oct. 13, 2013 10 am – 6:30 pm
Monday Oct. 14, 2013 10 am – 5:00 pm
TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE UNITED STATES SAILBOAT SHOW
All Ages Thursday, VIP Preview Day Oct. 10 $35
Adult General Admission One Day Oct. 11 – 14 $18
Children General Admission One Day (7-12) Oct. 11 – 14 $5
Children 6 & Under Oct. 11 – 14 free
Two Day Combo Ticket Oct. 11 – 14 $31
Two Day VIP Combo Ticket (VIP plus one day) Oct. 10 – 14 $48
PARKING FOR THE UNITED STATES SAILBOAT SHOW
As with all major events the parking can be very difficult. To accommodate all the visitors, parking is available at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at a cost of $10. Free buses will then shuttle visitors from the stadium to the show running continuously from 09:00 until one hour before the finish of the show each day. GPS Address of the stadium: 1040 Cedar Park Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
Annapolis Boat Show Mobile App
New this year is the Annapolis Boat Show Mobile App for iPhone, iPad and Android. Users of the Mobile App will have instant access to both sail and powerboat show information, they will be able to buy tickets, view boat lists, see products, peruse the show maps, learn all about exhibitors, be kept abreast of all the daily activities, and have access to parking and accommodation information.
To download the Annapolis Boat Show Mobile App, visit iTunes or Google Play.
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One thing we cannot accuse the sailing world of being is inactive! Here is a chronological list of some of the important sailing dates, sailing regattas and boat show taking place around the world:
Sailing Dates USA
Quantum Key West Race Week, Key West, Florida
Seattle Boat Show, Seattle, Washington
New York Boat Show, New York, New York
Mardis Gras Race Week, New Orleans, Louisiana
Washington’s Birthday Regatta, Coconut Grove, Florida
Miami International Boat Show, Miami, Florida
New England Boat Show, Boston, Massachusetts
The Trans-Monroe Regatta, The Lake Monroe Sailing Association, Sanford, Florida
Port of L.A. Harbor Cup, Los Angeles Yacht Club, San Pedro, California
The Islands Race, Newport Harbor Yacht Club & San Diego Yacht Club, Newport Beach, California
San Diego Sperry Top-Sider NOOD, San Diego Yacht Club, Mission Bay Yacht Club, Coronado Yacht Club, San Diego, California
Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas International Yacht Race, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Newport Beach, California
San Francisco Cup, St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, California
Charleston Race Week, Charlston Ocean Racing Association, Charleston, Virginia
Newport Boat Show, Newport Beach, California
Figawi Race Weekend, Hyannis, Massachusetts
Whisleytown Regatta, Whiskeytown Sailing Club, Redding, California
Block Island Race Week, Storm Trysail Club, Block Island, Rhode Island
Lighthouse Charity Regatta, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Long Beach Race Week, Long Beach Yacht Club & Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach, California
Chicago to Mackinac Boat Race, Chicargo Yacht Club, Chicargo, Illinois
Larchmont Race Week, Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, New York
The Youngstown Level Regatta, Youngstown Yacht Club, Youngstown, Ohio
Newport Bucket Regatta, Newport, Rhode Island
Whale of a Sail, Carlyle Sailing Association, Carlyle Lake, Carlyle, Illinois
Coloumbus Day Regatta, Biscayne Bay Miami, Florida
United States Sailboat Show, Annapolis, Maryland,
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Sailing Dates UK
London Boat Show, Docklands, London
RYA Dinghy Show, Alexandra Palace, London
Old Gaffers Festival, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Cumberland Cup, Royal Thames Yacht Club, London
Round the Island Race, Cowes, Isle of Wight
West Highland Yachting Week, Oban, W Coast Scotland
All Wales Boat Show, Conwy and Deganwy Quay Marinas, Conwy, North Wales
Cowes Week, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, River Dart, Dartmouth, Devon
Fowey Royal Regatta, Fowey, Cornwall
Fastnet Race, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Clipper Round the World Race, Southampton, Hampshire
Southampton Boat Show, Mayflower Park, Southampton, Hampshire
Sailing Dates Europe
Færderseilasen, Royal Norwegian Yacht Club, Oslo, Norway
Kiel Week, Kiel, Germany
Round Texel Race, Texel, Netherlands
Aegean Rally, The Hellenic Offshore Racing Club, Faliro Bay, Greece
Cork Week, Royal Cork Yacht Club, Cork, Ireland
Hangon Regatta, Hanko, Finland,
Lysekil Women’s Match, Lysekil, Sweden,
Tjörn Runt, Tjörn, Sweden
Kamer 2 Sailing Marathon, Kaag, Netherlands
Voiles de Saint-Tropez, Saint-Tropez, France
Vendee Globe, Les Sables d’Olonne, Vendee, France
ARC Race, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Sailing Dates Australia/New Zealand
Australia Day Regatta, Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia
Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta, Auckland, New Zealand
Melbourne Summer Boat Show, Melbourne, Australia
Port Esperance Regatta, Port Esperance Sailing Club, Dover, Tasmania
Adelaide Boat Show, Adelaide, Australia
Melbourne Boat Show, Melbourne, Australia
Sydney International Boat Show, Sydney, Australia
Darwin Boat and Outdoor Show, Darwin, Australia
Brisbane Boat Show, Brisbane, Australia
Balmain Regatta, Balmain Sailing Club, Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
Sail Melbourne, Sandringham Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia
Sailing Dates Canada
The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, Port Credit Yacht Club, Mississauga, Ontario
Sail Canada Women’s Keelboat Championships, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and Bedford Basin Yacht Club, Halifax Nova Scotia
Canada Cup, The Great Lakes
Sailing Dates Caribbean
Heineken Regatta, St Maarten, Lesser Antilles
Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta and Rum Festival, Antigua, Leeward Islands
St Maarten – St Marten Classic Yacht Regatta, St Maarten, Lesser Antilles
St Thomas International Rolex Regatta, St Thomas, US Virgin islands
Antigua Classics Yacht Regatta, Antigua, Leeward Islands
Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua, Leeward Islands
Les Voiles de St Barth, Leeward Islands
Carriacou Regatta, Carriacou, Grenadines
Sailing Dates Miscellaneous
America’s Cup – various venues
Extreme 40’s – various venues
Louis Vuitton Trophy – various venues
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