With ex­clu­sive boat and gear launches plus a chance to see the Whit­bread Round the World Yacht Maiden, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one at the 50th Southamp­ton Boat Show

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Our guide to the lat­est boats and gear you mustn’t miss at this year’s boat show

The re­cently re­fit­ted Whit­bread Round the World Race yacht, Maiden, will be one of the star at­trac­tions at this year’s Southamp­ton Boat Show.

The crew, led by skip­per Su­san Glenny, will be de­part­ing on 22 Septem­ber from the show for a three-year world tour to pro­mote girls’ ed­u­ca­tion. The Bruce Far­rde­signed yacht un­der­went an ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment af­ter she was res­cued from the Sey­chelles and brought back to the UK in April 2017.

Maiden’s pre­vi­ous skip­per Tracy Ed­wards, who made his­tory when she led the first all-fe­male crew in the 1989-90 Whit­bread Round the World Race, will also be fea­tur­ing at the show, host­ing a live Ques­tion and An­swer ses­sion at 1400 on 19 Septem­ber. It will be held at the Seldén Mast stand (J213) and ques­tions can be posted in ad­vance on the com­pany’s Face­book page or asked in per­son dur­ing the ses­sion.

The 50th Southamp­ton Boat Show will be of­fi­cially opened on 14 Septem­ber by pop­u­lar TV chefs, The Hairy Bik­ers. Si King and Dave My­ers will be demon­strat­ing one of their ex­clu­sive dishes for vis­i­tors on 22 Septem­ber and will also cu­rate the menu for the show’s wa­ter­front restau­rant, the Mariner’s Grill.

To com­ple­ment the show’s pledge to sup­port ma­rine con­ser­va­tion, all of the seafood dishes will use re­spon­si­bly sourced seafood.

Bri­tish Ma­rine, which or­gan­ises the boat show, has also pledged to cut the amount of on-site plas­tics at the 10-day event. Apart from wa­ter bot­tles and cups, there will be no sin­gle-use plas­tic avail­able from any of the cater­ing con­ces­sions or bars.

BBC wildlife per­son­al­i­ties Mi­randa Krestovnikoff, Lizzie Daly and Steve Back­shall will also be spread­ing the con­ser­va­tion mes­sage, and there will be on-and-off-the-wa­ter at­trac­tions from the Southamp­ton-based Na­tional Oceanog­ra­phy Cen­tre.

The cen­tre’s re­search ves­sel, Cal­lista will be on the show’s ma­rina for vis­i­tors to dis­cover more about the mi­cro-or­gan­isms in our seas. For those who can’t stay off the wa­ter, Bor­row a Boat will be al­low­ing vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence an ar­ray of sail­ing craft. Fam­i­lies can also try a free 90-minute ses­sion on the wa­ter on kayaks, dinghies and pad­dle-boards, as part of Get Afloat with Rock­ley Water­sports.

Back this year is the Ocean Scene Mini Cruise, where vis­i­tors can en­joy a free boat trip in the So­lent. If you want a VIP ex­pe­ri­ence there is a chance to be part of a crew on the 72ft Global Chal­lenge yacht.

The tall ship, Kaskelot, which fea­tured in the BBC One drama Poldark, will be grac­ing the show’s ma­rina. Fam­i­lies can learn more about the bar­que from her crew.

As well as mark­ing its own golden an­niver­sary, the Southamp­ton Boat Show will be cel­e­brat­ing an­other 50th an­niver­sary. It is five decades since Sir Robin Knox-john­ston be­came the first per­son to sail sin­gle­handed non-stop around the world. He will be re­call­ing his record-break­ing voy­age and his beloved Suhaili will be on dis­play.

Other speak­ers in­clude Monty Halls and the sail­ing so­cial me­dia duo, Dan and

Kika (aka Sail­ing Uma).

Yacht­ing Monthly will be at the show on the Ti-me­dia Stand E001. Come along and meet mem­bers of the team or sign up to a show ex­clu­sive sub­scrip­tion of­fer – sub­scribe for six months for just £20 PLUS re­ceive a FREE bot­tle of Lan­g­ley No.8 Gin worth £35.

Read­ers will also have a chance to en­ter a com­pe­ti­tion to win a B&G Vul­can 7 MFD chart­plot­ter worth £710. The Southamp­ton Boat Show takes place at Mayflower Park/town Quay, Southamp­ton from 14-23 Septem­ber 2018. If you’re look­ing for a bar­gain ves­sel, Premier Mari­nas’ Used Boat Show at Swan­wick Ma­rina is run­ning con­cur­rently.

ABOVE: The newly re­fit­ted Maiden will be­gin a three­year world tour from the show

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