Poole Harbour Boat Show 2018

Poole Harbour Boat Show 2018

This year is the fourth outing for the Poole Harbour Boat Show, a small but cracking little boat show situated, yes you guessed it, in Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset.

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The Poole Harbour Boat Show is run by the Poole Harbour Commissioners, it’s a free event running from Friday 8th June until Sunday 10th June 2018 starting at 10:00 and finishing at 18:00.

Exhibitors have stands situated along the quay and they are mostly boating relating exhibitors, hardly any tat-stands unlike some of the shows.  There are lots of small, local businesses too which is lovely to see.  Down on the pontoons there are a wide selection of boats, both sailing and motorboats, including a Sunseeker to tour around.

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Other activities include demonstrations from the RNLI, Border Force, Royal Navy and jet skis.  There are tall ships to look at and a live music stage with bands playing throughout the day.  There are plenty of quay-side cafes and restaurants at which to re-fuel, and parking couldn’t be closer.

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London Boat Show Cancelled

London Boat Show Cancelled

As many of you will now be aware, the London Boat Show 2019 has been cancelled.  Whether this is going to be a permanent fixture still remains to be seen but it was not a shock to many in the Marine industry.

I have been attending the London Boat Show since 2011, only since owning Lovesail.  Up to that point it was not on my radar.  I had attended the Southampton Boat Show before but I live not far from the city so that was a given.  In the seven years I have been visiting the London Boat Show there has been discontent among the visitors and exhibitors alike.  I made it a habit to ask everyone I met at the show, both visitors and exhibitors what their thoughts were about it.

Visitors have been far from happy for some time.  The London Boat Show used to be run from Earls Court and was a popular venue.  The move to Excel had to be the main reason for their unhappiness.  Earls Court is central and easy to get to.  Once you had visited the show you were free to pop into “town”.  This was especially important if you had travelled far.  It was a weekend away, a treat, something to look forward to.   Excel by comparison is over in Docklands, a hassle of a tube ride which takes 30 minutes from Waterloo station.  Nothing much else would compel you to visit Docklands, the city airport?  Beckton Sewage Works?!  It’s a bleak place in January.  This coupled with the stark exhibition halls, lack of atmosphere and sky-high prices in the on-site eateries, it’s no wonder ticket sales struggled.

“……The place is inaccessible, soulless, dreary, small”

Exhibitors were complaining too.  A nightmare to get to and not much to do in the evenings if you were staying locally for the duration of the show.  The timing though, was the big problem.  The London Boat Show falls just before the much bigger and better Boot Show in Düsseldorf, quite a feat for the London exhibitors to pack up and be in Germany in time for the Boot.   The Boot is a must diary date for anyone serious in creating connections in the marine industry.

Many reasons were cited for the move, the need for water, better infrastructure, Sunseeker had insisted!  Only a select few will know the real reasons but if it was to display the boats in water, why were the docks empty?

Southampton Boat Show by comparison is huge, with a purpose-built marina to house the boats, the vibrant city of Southampton within striking distance and good road and rail links.  If you are there from afar,  you can make a short break and visit the Isle of Wight too, capital of sailing.

“In Southampton you’ve got movement of the sea, the wind in the rigging and you can imagine getting on board and casting off there and then”

I for one hope the London Boat Show does not return.  There must be a need for a boat show for our Northern countrymen with plenty of brilliant venues to choose from.

A close friend summed up the London Boat Show rather succinctly, “…..that London venue is ****. The place is inaccessible, soulless, dreary, small etc etc. Manky modern docks not a good place to showcase beautiful yachts and boats. There’s no emotion down there, no spirit of adventure. As for boats being displayed in the exhibition hall……aaarrggghhhhh! Ghastly.   In Southampton you’ve got movement of the sea, the wind in the rigging and you can imagine getting on board and casting off there and then”.

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Southampton Boat Show 2015

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.

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The Aquarium

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.

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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.

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Adventure River Canoe Ride

For the younger adverturers 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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All Wales Boat Show 2015

The All Wales Boat Show 2015

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 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 makes 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

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London Boat Show 2015

London Boat Show 2015 at ExCel London

The London Boat Show 2015 will run from Friday 9th January until Sunday 18th January at it’s 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 varous watersport taster sessions.  This is a bookable activity so be sure to book you 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 undergournd 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.

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Southampton Boat Show 2014

Southampton Boat Show 2014

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 be 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 villians 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!

Old Favourites

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.

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Boot Dusseldorf

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 a 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 it’s 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.  The 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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United States Sailboat Show 2013

United States Sailboat Show 2013

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 Navel Academy hosts several boat shows this year.  The United States Powerboat Show is already under way 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 power boat 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 or go to www.usboat.com or call 410-268-8828.

 

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Sailing Dates

Sailing Dates

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

January

Quantum Key West Race Week, Key West, Florida

Seattle Boat Show, Seattle, Washington

New York Boat Show, New York, New York

February

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

March

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

April

Charleston Race Week, Charlston Ocean Racing Association, Charleston, Virginia

Newport Boat Show, Newport Beach, California

May

Figawi Race Weekend, Hyannis, Massachusetts

Whisleytown Regatta, Whiskeytown Sailing Club, Redding, California

June

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

July

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

August

Newport Bucket Regatta, Newport, Rhode Island

September

Whale of a Sail, Carlyle Sailing Association, Carlyle Lake, Carlyle, Illinois

October

Coloumbus Day Regatta, Biscayne Bay Miami, Florida

United States Sailboat Show, Annapolis, Maryland,

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sailing Dates UK

January

London Boat Show, Docklands, London

March

RYA Dinghy Show, Alexandra Palace, London

May

Old Gaffers Festival, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Cumberland Cup, Royal Thames Yacht Club, London

June

Round the Island Race, Cowes, Isle of Wight

July

West Highland Yachting Week, Oban, W Coast Scotland

All Wales Boat Show, Conwy and Deganwy Quay Marinas, Conwy, North Wales

August

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

September

Southampton Boat Show, Mayflower Park, Southampton, Hampshire

Sailing Dates Europe

June

Færderseilasen, Royal Norwegian Yacht Club, Oslo, Norway

Kiel Week, Kiel, Germany

Round Texel Race, Texel, Netherlands

July

Aegean Rally,  The Hellenic Offshore Racing Club, Faliro Bay, Greece

Cork Week, Royal Cork Yacht Club, Cork, Ireland

Hangon Regatta, Hanko, Finland,

August

Lysekil Women’s Match, Lysekil, Sweden,

Tjörn Runt, Tjörn, Sweden

September

Kamer 2 Sailing Marathon, Kaag, Netherlands

October

Voiles de Saint-Tropez, Saint-Tropez, France

November

Vendee Globe, Les Sables d’Olonne, Vendee, France

ARC Race, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Sailing Dates Australia/New Zealand

January

Australia Day Regatta, Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta, Auckland, New Zealand

February

Melbourne Summer Boat Show, Melbourne, Australia

March

Port Esperance Regatta, Port Esperance Sailing Club, Dover, Tasmania

June

Adelaide Boat Show, Adelaide, Australia

Melbourne Boat Show, Melbourne, Australia

August

Sydney International Boat Show, Sydney, Australia

Darwin Boat and Outdoor Show, Darwin, Australia

September

Brisbane Boat Show, Brisbane, Australia

October

Balmain Regatta, Balmain Sailing Club, Balmain, New South Wales, Australia

December

Sail Melbourne, Sandringham Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Sailing Dates Canada

July

The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, Port Credit Yacht Club, Mississauga, Ontario

August

Sail Canada Women’s Keelboat Championships, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and Bedford Basin Yacht Club, Halifax Nova Scotia

September

Canada Cup, The Great Lakes

Sailing Dates Caribbean

February

Heineken Regatta, St Maarten, Lesser Antilles

Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta and Rum Festival, Antigua, Leeward Islands

March

St Maarten – St Marten Classic Yacht Regatta, St Maarten, Lesser Antilles

St Thomas International Rolex Regatta, St Thomas, US Virgin islands

April

Antigua Classics Yacht Regatta, Antigua, Leeward Islands

Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua, Leeward Islands

Les Voiles de St Barth, Leeward Islands

August

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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