What’s new at Southamp

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Re­turn­ing for its 49th year, the Southamp­ton Boat Show is aim­ing to en­tice more peo­ple onto the wa­ter than ever be­fore, with a range of boat­ing and wa­ter­sport activities.

This year’s 10-day fes­ti­val of boat­ing will run from Fri­day 15 Septem­ber to Sunday 24 Septem­ber at Mayflower Park and Town Quay, with new head­line spon­sors TheYachtMar­

Hun­dreds of vis­i­tors will be in­vited to step aboard the show’s very own pas­sen­ger boat to en­joy free 20-minute boat trips in the So­lent, which is run­ning most days. The pas­sen­ger boat will hold up to 340 pas­sen­gers and make two sails every hour, be­tween 12:00-16:00 on the week­ends of the show, as well as Fri­day 22 Septem­ber, and be­tween 13:00-16:00 on Tues­day 19, Wed­nes­day 20 and Thurs­day 21 Septem­ber.

Other new at­trac­tions to en­cour­age peo­ple afloat will in­clude a new Pad­dle­board River Ex­pe­ri­ence in the show’s So­lent Park; this 60m wa­ter­way cir­cuit will en­able vis­i­tors of all ages and abil­i­ties to en­joy canoeing or pad­dle­board­ing, aided by Southamp­ton Water­sports Activities Centre (SWAC) staff.

The Adventure River Ca­noe Ride, lo­cated in the show’s arena, will of­fer the youngest show vis­i­tors the chance to try canoeing on a wind­ing river.

Mean­while, ‘Bumper Boats’ with on­board wa­ter canons will be on of­fer for chil­dren aged 3-13 years, in So­lent Park.

The show’s pop­u­lar free ‘Try-a-Boat’ sessions from On The Wa­ter will al­low vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of be­ing out on the wa­ter in a se­lec­tion of ves­sels.

For the first time, On The Wa­ter’s ‘Get Afloat’ activities will be open adults as well as chil­dren aged 8-16 years the chance to dis­cover dinghy sailing and Stand Up Pad­dle­board­ing (SUP) for free. Run by the qual­i­fied in­struc­tor team from Rock­ley Water­sports, this will in­clude op­por­tu­ni­ties to go bell boat­ing in twin-hulled open ca­noes, with seat­ing for up to 12 peo­ple.

Paid-for ‘pre­mium’ ex­pe­ri­ences will also be avail­able, with the re­turn of the Global Chal­lenge Sailing Ex­pe­ri­ence (£60 pp), of­fer­ing vis­i­tors a chance to sail on board a 72ft Ocean Race Yacht as part of a 12strong crew, the VIP Plat­inum Ex­pe­ri­ence (£135 pp) which in­cludes a cruise on a mo­tor yacht. Mean­while, the Ad­mi­ral’s Club lounge tick­ets in­clude a wel­come glass of pros­ecco, lunch and patis­series (£75 pp), along with ac­cess to ‘VIP loos’.

Daily en­ter­tain­ment

Through­out the 10 days of the show, there will be a daily line-up of en­ter­tain­ment on two dome stages. One in Mayflower Park’s Food Harbour Area and another in So­lent Park near the Guin­ness Bar, the stages will wel­come an ar­ray of mu­sic acts, from Si­na­tra trib­ute acts to Caribbean steel bands, as well as ex­pert talks and other events.

Other at­trac­tions will in­clude Europe’s largest pur­pose-built ma­rina show­cas­ing 330 of the lat­est mod­els from Bri­tish and in­ter­na­tional boat man­u­fac­tur­ers, along with fea­ture boats and a tall ship. Vis­i­tors can browse marine prod­ucts from more than 500 exhibitors, and trial the lat­est marine equip­ment and elec­tron­ics in the newly-con­fig­ured Ocean Hall.

Murray El­lis, chief of­fi­cer of boat shows at Bri­tish Marine, said: ‘At TheYachtMar­ket. com Southamp­ton Boat Show we are priv­i­leged to have such an ideal location to get peo­ple on the wa­ter and on av­er­age 10,000 vis­i­tors go boat­ing or trial water­sports across the show’s 10 days.

‘How­ever, this year we want to get more of our vis­i­tors en­joy­ing on-the-wa­ter ex­pe­ri­ences. This means more va­ri­ety, more ac­ces­si­bil­ity and more ca­pac­ity, which we are plan­ning to de­liver at this year’s event. We are de­ter­mined to see record numbers en­joy­ing life on the wa­ter with fam­ily and friends at this year’s show.’

Boat de­buts

There will be world de­buts from Southerly Yachts 330 and 470 mod­els, the Sealine C430, Princess 55, Duchy 35 from Cock­wells, Blue­wa­ter 50 and Beneteau Swift Trawler 35 at the show; UK de­buts from the Du­four 460 Grand Large, Squadron 53 from Fair­line Yachts, Bene­tau Ocea­nis 51.1 and 62 yachts, and Beneteau Swift Trawler 50, Pres­tige 520, ARBA 500 and 555 mod­els and Saffier 10M, SE 33, 8M and 6.50 mod­els; plus a show de­but from The Sealine C539.

Prod­uct de­buts

Mak­ing its UK de­but at the Southamp­ton Boat Show, Wässer-Dek deck­ing, ex­hib­ited by Elite Teak, is promised to be cooler un­der­foot and lighter than wood and PVC deck­ing and pro­vides shock­ab­sorb­ing cush­ion­ing. On the Lan­dau UK stand there will be show de­buts from Bromp­ton Marine Bike, and Ar­gus MiTIC E and S ther­mal imag­ing cam­eras.

The RIB Shop will be de­but­ing its RIB & In­flable Boat Clean­ing Kit, while IMP will ex­hibit SPLASH-30S boat wa­ter­mak­ers.

There will also be the UK de­but of the

SUNBEAMsys­tem Tough Flush so­lar panels, ex­hib­ited by DanVolt Ltd.

Tall ship

Climb aboard Kaskelot, a three-masted bar­que and one of the largest re­main­ing wooden ships in com­mis­sion, as she makes her show de­but.

Moored along­side 330 of the lat­est sail and mo­tor boats on the show’s ma­rina, Kaskelot’s knowl­edge­able crew and state-of-art restora­tion will of­fer a trea­sure trove of sto­ries for all vis­i­tors to ex­plore.

Mea­sur­ing 46.6m, Kaskelot was built in Den­mark in 1948 by the J Ring-An­der­sen ship­yard. She was com­mis­sioned by the Royal Green­land Trad­ing Com­pany and used to supply re­mote ar­eas of Green­land un­til the 1960s.

After this, she be­came a fish­eries sup­port ves­sel in the Faroe Is­lands. How­ever in 1981 her for­tunes were changed. Com­pletely re-rigged, Kaskelot found a new ca­reer as a sail-train­ing ves­sel, plus the oc­ca­sional star­ring role. Her film and TV ap­pear­ances in­clude Re­turn to Trea­sure Is­land (1986), The Three Mus­ke­teers (1993), Amaz­ing Grace (2006) Alice in Won­der­land (2010) and Poldark (2016).

Kaskelot will wel­come aboard Gemma Hunt, the star of CBee­bies pro­gramme Swash­buckle, on Satur­day 16 Septem­ber. Gemma will be help­ing to kick off all the ac­tion on the first week­end, en­ter­tain­ing the show’s youngest vis­i­tors with a pi­rate song and dance show, meet and greets and au­to­graph sign­ings.

Murray El­lis added: ‘We know that our vis­i­tors love tall ships, al­ways prov­ing hugely pop­u­lar, and this year we are de­lighted to be wel­com­ing the tall ship Kaskelot to TheYachtMar­ Southamp­ton Boat Show for the first time. Her pres­ence for the 10 days of­fers a rare op­por­tu­nity for vis­i­tors to climb on board and learn about the his­tory of one of the last clas­sic wooden tall ships still in ex­is­tence, all for free.’

Live race ac­tion

On Sunday 17 Septem­ber, the show’s wa­ters will play host two races for com­pet­i­tive boaters – the Honda RYA Youth RIB Cham­pi­onship Na­tional Fi­nal and the Bat­tle of Classes Pur­suit Race. The dinghy race will be hosted by Royal Southamp­ton YC and SWAC, with live GPS Track­ing and on­line com­men­tary from SailRacer.

‘Try a Boat’ dur­ing Ladies Day at the Southamp­ton Boat Show 2016

Get Afloat with Rock­ley Water­sports...

...while chil­dren en­joy Bumper Boats

The tall ship Kaskelot will be a show fea­ture boat

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