SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW PREVIEW
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
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