Yachting Boating World: Michelle Keegan will officially open the 48th Southampton Boat Show on 16 September. The 10-day event attracts visitors worldwide.
The 29-year-old, who has had roles in Coronation Street and Ordinary Lives, is scheduled to appear at 11am on 16 September, helping to kick off 10 days of fun and attractions.
Incorporating one of Europe’s largest purpose-built marinas, the Southampton Boat Show is considered one of the world’s leading boat shows.
The 2016 edition, which runs from 16-25 September, will offer visitors an exciting array of new attractions.
With hundreds of boats on display, including 330 on the stunning marina itself and over 2km of pontoons, this year’s event is being billed as another show stopper.
Keegan, who counts her lead role in the BBC drama, Our Girl, and the forthcoming ITV drama, Tina and Bobby, amongst her current projects, comments: “I am thrilled to be opening the Southampton Boat Show this year.”
“As an avid fan of all types of activity on the water, I’m really excited to spend some time at the show, soaking up the atmosphere and experiencing some of the brilliant attractions on offer,” she added.
The British Marine Boat Shows managing director, Murray Ellis said he was delighted to welcome Keegan to the show this year.
“As Britain’s biggest boating festival, the Southampton Boat Show is a much-loved event and one of the leaders in the global boating calendar,” he noted.
“The show attracts visitors from those new to boating to avid sailors as well as a host of famous names, and we’re thrilled that Michelle will be joining us to help open the show,” he stated.
Attractions at the show include the new Festival Stage featuring a thrilling line-up of live music, fashion shows and expert talks.
On the water, there are plenty of opportunities for visitors to try an array of activities from experiencing first-hand what life aboard an ocean racing yacht is really like to trying out Stand Up Paddleboarding.
Feature boats will include the awe-inspiring Norwegian three-masted sailing barque, Artemis and the revolutionary Team Britannia vessel bidding to break the world record for the fastest powerboats circumnavigation of the globe.
Yachting Boating World: The Southampton Boat Show in September is set to showcase a variety of exciting new attractions, brands, boats and product debuts. Advance tickets are now on sale.
Among them are the world debuting Hanse 588, Cormate U23 Racing Edition and Haines 26 and the European debuting Dehler 34 and Greenline Hybrid 36.
There will also be the UK launch of the Azimut 55S, Sunseeker Predator 68 MK II, Sealine F530 and Fjord 40 Open.
Every year, the show welcomes a mix of historic and innovative feature boats and this year is no different.
On display at the show’s marina will be the Norwegian three-masted sailing barque, Artemis and the revolutionary Team Britannia vessel, which is bidding to break the world record for the fastest powerboats circumnavigation of the globe.
The marina will have 2 kilometres of pontoons.
Alongside well-established attractions, On the Water’s Try-a-Boat and Get Afloat, this year’s show will offer a new opportunity for the youngest generation to get on the water free.
Suitable for children aged 3 to 13, Bumper Boats provides youngsters with a chance to master boat steering, as well as the boat’s built-in water cannon.
Onshore, organisers will be looking to entertain further with its new Festival Stage, located in Solent Park.
Throughout the 10 days, visitors can expect to enjoy a line-up of live music, fashion shows and expert talks.
There will also be the opportunity for visitors to be part of the show’s very own Guinness World Record Attempt of the ‘Largest human image of a boat’ on 24 September.
More than 27 new brands will also be exhibiting at Mayflower Park for 2016.
On show are powerboat manufacturers: BIC Aluminium and Alpha-Centauri, sail yacht brands: North Carolina (EDPNC) and Nautor’s Swan, electronics and equipment suppliers: Racegeek, Aqua-cote and UK Sailmakers, as well as holiday & charter companies: Rubicon 3 and UGuest.
This year’s Southampton Boat Show will be the first for Greg Munford in his newly appointed position as British Marine Boat Shows’ chairman.
“As Britain’s biggest boating festival, the Southampton Boat Show is much-loved by sail and powerboat enthusiasts alike and one of the leaders in the global boating calendar,” said Munford.
“We’re thrilled to have seen soaring tickets sales so far, which are now more than double what they were this time last year,” he noted.
Munford added that helping to plan the show “with all its new attractions to entertain the diversity of visitors and more importantly, get more people out on to the water has been a fantastic experience.”
“Being a boater myself, the mix of new international and British brands who will be showcasing the latest boats and marine equipment makes this Show even more exciting for me to be a part of,” concluded the chairman.
Yachting Boating World: Premier Marinas gets set for two shows in one as it hosts its annual Used Boat Show at Swanwick Marina running it alongside the Southampton Boat Show, between 16th – 25th September.
Now in its 37th year the Used Boat Show is set to feature extensive on and off water displays of power and sail boats from onsite brokerages, Ancasta International Boat Sales, Clipper Marine, Fleming Yachts, Princess Motor Yachts, Sea Ventures and Sunseeker Southampton.
Ancasta International Boat Sales’ line-up will include a used Princess V56 and Nimbus 43 Nova, an Oceanis 50 and Bavaria 42 Virtess Fly, plus an Aquastar 45, alongside over thirty other quality yachts.
Open daily from 10am – 6pm, visitors will also be able to take advantage of Premier’s Park and Ride service offer to Southampton Boat Show when booked in advance. Besides a complimentary ticket to the show the offer includes free parking at Swanwick Marina and a return coach journey to the Southampton show – all for the price of £13 per adult or £32 for a family ticket, which includes two adults and up to four children.
Nicola Walsh CMM, Marina Manager at Swanwick Marina said: “We’re delighted to host the Used Boat Show again this year to showcase our first class brokerages. Many visitors will coincide a visit to this show with a day out at Southampton Boat Show.”
So whether you’re thinking of selling or buying a used yacht or motor boat, this show is one of the most established and successful used boat shows on the South Coast.
To register your interest for a Park & Ride ticket call your local Premier Marina or visit www.premiermarinas.com for more details. Tickets will go on sale early August.
Yachting Boating World: New river and mooring conditions are being introduced at the Henley Festival this year to prevent overcrowding on the River Thames.
Organisers were asked by the Environment Agency to update the regulations following concerns about safety as the event increases in popularity.
The festival is being held between 6-10 July 2016 at Henley-on-Thames.
Owners will, once again, be able to moor against the booms, which are left in place following the Henley Royal Regatta, which finishes on 3 July.
In a joint statement, Henley Royal Regatta and the Environment Agency said the changes were necessary for navigational as well as safety reasons.
“As Henley Festival grows in popularity, so does the number of boats mooring against
the Regatta booms. Not only does this increase the risk of the booms getting
damaged, it also considerably increases the tension on them, especially during high
winds or if there is a strong current in the river,” the statement said.
“Left unchecked, this could easily see booms, or the piles to which they are attached,
working themselves loose and being carried downstream, along with any boats tied
to them. This in turn could result in boats and other property being damaged, and
boat occupants getting injured,” it stated.
Only boats which have paid a mooring fee are allowed in the enclosed festival mooring area this year.
They have to be in their allocated position by 8pm, when the booms will be closed for safety reasons. These will be reopened 10 minutes after the end of the firework show.
Boats are also bared from double mooring.
“For health and safety reasons, Henley Festival does not allow boats to double
moor to paid for moorings under any circumstances, whether permitted by the
boat owner or not,” said the festival on its website.
“We reserve the right to enforce this rule on site, as necessary. We also remind you that adjacent boats must have sufficient space to manoeuvre in and out of their allotted moorings.”
Boat users who have not purchased a mooring, must continue to travel up and
down the river on the navigation channel.
“Dropping anchor is not permitted and the Environment Agency will move you on,” warn festival organisers.
Enforcement officers with the Environment Agency will be carrying out regular patrols during the Henley Festival to make sure boats owners comply with the rules.
The Environment Agency’s Harbourmaster for the River Thames, Andrew Graham, said: “I know from personal experience how wonderful it is to enjoy these events from a
vantage point on the river itself, so I’m really not surprised that more and more
people are coming to town by boat.”
He continued: “But things got a little bit out of hand last year, and we really don’t want anybody’s trip to be ruined due to a preventable accident. That’s what these moorings
conditions are all about.”
“If people respect them and they work well this year, then Henley Royal Regatta will be happy for boaters to moor against their booms again next year, and so will we. If not, we both might have to look at alternative arrangements,” added the harbourmaster.
More information is available from the festival website.
Motorboat & Yachting: The Windermere Boat Show runs from July 1-3 at Ferry Nab Marina. Boats from Sealine, Jeanneau, Bénéteau and Bayliner will be on show at the Windermere Boat Show this weekend.
Tipped as the largest show in the north of England it aims to celebrate boating in the Lake District as well as showcasing over 150 new and used boats.
As well the boats there will be taster sessions, guided kayak trips around Belle Isle and stand up paddle boarding available.
Jason Dearden, managing director of Shepherds Marine and Windermere Marina Village, says: “I am absolutely delighted that for the first time Windermere’s boating community will be brought together in one location in what promises to be a great weekend.
“This is an opportunity for anyone to come and experience Windermere and chat to boat brokers and adventure providers about everything from kayaks to 40ft motor cruisers.”
For more information, go to the Shepherds Marine website.
Yachting Boating World: The new Fairline Yachts Targa 53 OPEN will debut at Cannes Boat Show on 6 September 2016.
The cockpit boasts a large three person sun bed over the tender garage, generous ‘U’ shaped cockpit seating with a wet bar opposite and roomy companion seating across from the helm.
Owners can choose between a two or three cabin configuration, according to their needs.
The Targa 53 OPEN offers a choice of three shaft driven engine options: two from Volvo and one from Caterpillar, offering a minimum fully loaded speed in excess of 30 knots and a range of at least 300 nautical miles is expected. There will also be the option to add stabilisation, with a choice of either fin or gyroscopic stabilisers.
Fairline Yachts’ Head of Design Andrew Pope, says, “Owners tell us that entertaining is one of the most important reasons for having a luxury cruiser and the Targa 53 OPEN provides a sense of style, space and comfort like no other. This new model opens up a host of possibilities thanks to its unrivalled comfort, space and flexibility. All our 53ft models have a common platform approach, offering complete flexibility of layout and options to suit each individual customer, which is at the heart of Fairline’s design philosophy.”
The Targa 53 OPEN will debut at the Cannes Boat Show, France on Tuesday 6 September 2016 and it will premiere in the UK at the Southampton Boat Show on Friday 16 September 2016.
Yachting Boating World: The 2016 Southampton Boat Show returns in September with world and UK launches, new brands and a new layout. Tickets are now on sale.
The 10-day event will showcase thousands of boats, brands and equipment and will feature the very latest world launches from powerboats to sail.
Confirmed for a world launch at the show are the Oyster 675, the Greenline 36, the Spirit 47CR, the Cormate Utility 23 R and the X4 and X6 from X-Yachts.
The Antares 7 and Antares 8, Atlantis 43, Azimut 55S, Elling E6 from Q Marine (Poole), J/11S from Key Yachting, the Dehler 34, Fairline Yachts’ Targa 53 OPEN and its Squadron 65 HardTop and Charles Watson’s RM 1270 will have UK debuts.
New brands already confirmed for this year’s show include Cormate and Waterspoor.
Following unprecedented demand from exhibitors for undercover space, a new show layout will also be revealed for 2016.
Ocean Hall and Windward Hall will be merged with an additional 550 square metres of space added to create a new look Ocean Hall for 2016.
Enhancements to the layout will also see Beneteau and Jeanneau move from their historical space on the land to a much bigger display on the marina.
In total, Beneteau will be bringing 19 boats and Jeanneau 22 boats across their sail and power ranges.
Also exhibiting for the first time will be Monte Carlo Yachts who will be showcasing the MCY 65.
There will also be plenty of opportunities for visitors to get out on the water and experience dinghy sailing, power boating or taking a ride on a RIB.
These free attractions include:
- On the Water’s “Get Afloat”, supported by the team at Rockley: a tailor made attraction offering visitors aged 8-16 the chance to discover dinghy sailing and Stand up Paddleboarding (SUP);
- “Try-a-Boat” sessions from On the Water to allow visitors to experience being out on the water on a varied selection of vessels;
- “Wet Wheels”, a 9m Cheetah Catamaran that has been specially adapted for wheelchair access. Powered by two of Suzuki’s flagship V6 300hp outboard engines, it is capable of driving at 40 knots;
- The magnificent Artemis tall ship will be taking centre stage on the marina, with visitors being able to climb aboard.
Other attractions will include:
- Bumper Boats in the arena for the younger visitors;
- A number of spectacular air display’s over the marina;
- A festival stage in Solent Park with live music, talks from industry experts and fashion shows across the 10-day event;
- The Global Challenge Sailing Experience on a 72ft round the world ocean race yacht;
- The VIP Platinum Experience which includes a trip out on a luxury motor yacht.
Motorboat & Yachting: The second annual London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show has reported an 8% increase in attendance.
For the second year running, the London Yacht Jet & Prestige Car Show was spread across two venues – Old Billingsgate Market and St Katharine Docks, which hosted the London On-Water Yacht & Boat Show from May 4-7.
A total of 6,500 visitors attended each event according to the organisers, marking an 8% increase on the 2015 event.
David Suchet (pictured right) was the special guest on day one of the show, cutting the ribbon at Old Billingsgate Market.
The Poirot actor attended last year’s inaugural event and bought an XO270 from Wessex Marine. This year he returned with his wife Sheila to add a touch of stardust to proceedings, and their 300hp motorboat went on display in the St Katharine Docks area of the show.
“I think it’s important for the industry that it’s here, it’s in a wonderful part of London,” he said. “It’s really upmarket toys for boys and girls.”
Sunseeker made their first appearance at the on-water section of the show, with the award-winning Predator 57 and 68 Sport Yacht both available for viewing.
William Burns, brokerage director at Sunseeker London, said: “We heard good things from last year, it’s a good place to have the boats and the weather came out as well, so it makes perfect sense.
“This is a smaller show, but you can be more intimate with clients, have private viewings, it’s just a more relaxed atmosphere and it’s broadening our audience as well.”
Fairline Yachts was also strongly represented, with a Targa 38 and Squadron 42 on display through brokers Bates Wharf and Burton Waters.
Princess Motor Yacht Sales once again brought the largest vessel to the show in the form of the S72, while the deck saloon version of the V58 made its public debut.
Glider Yachts looked to be one of the biggest talking points of the show, with the radical SS18 set to be unveiled at the show.
However, technical difficulties with the support vessel hampered its journey up from Burgess Marine and after missing the deadline for loading into St Katharine Docks, the new firm had to make do without its showpiece prototype.
Instead, managing director Rob McCall was on hand to answer questions about the project. “The quality of enquiries really exceeded our expectations – this show was the perfect way to introduce our exciting new product to the discerning yacht buyer,” he said.
He added that the vessel will make its public debut in September at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show.
Spirit Yachts also increased their presence this year, with a P40 Coupe moored up alongside Soufriere, the Spirit 54 that was used to film 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.
Nigel Stuart, managing director of Spirit Yachts, said: “This show has huge potential, because it attracts people from the centre of London and we are able to show them what we make.
“By bringing two boats to the water this year, they can come and see us, touch us, feel us, and that’s what we’re really about.
“It’s a great opportunity to show the market what we’ve got. The location is right in the centre of London, so they can come out of their offices and come and see the boats.”
Other notable models on display included the Bavaria Sport 400, Beneteau GT49, Nimbus 305 Coupe, Axopar 28, Jeanneau NC9, Sealine C330 and S330.
Whilst some of these models were used boats, a planned brokerage section in conjunction with YachtWorld failed to materialise, as exhibitors prioritised the promotion of new models.
Camper & Nicholsons Marinas used the event to explain more details of its refurbishment of St Katharine Docks. The project is expected to take less than nine months and will include replacing all of the pontoons.
Over at Old Billingsgate Market, all of the largest names in the superyacht world were represented with indoor stands and scale models. These included Azimut-Benetti, Lurssen, Blohm + Voss and Amels.
There was also a strong presence from the luxury goods brands, with Goldfinch displaying its Sygnet superyacht piano and Ulysse Nardin once again a key sponsor.
The 2017 London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show will take place in July, with exact dates to be confirmed.
Motorboat & Yachting: The capital’s newest boat show has returned for a second year, with an impressive fleet on display at the 2016 London On-Water Yacht & Boat Show.
The London On-Water Yacht & Boat Show kicked off this week with sunny weather ensuring a steady flow of visitors to St Katharine Docks.
The four-day event runs until Saturday May 7 in partnership with the London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show at Old Billingsgate Market.
Now in its second year, the show has boosted its exhibitor list with Axopar, Fairline and Sealine among the numerous brands that have been added since the inaugural event.
And this year’s event got a sprinkling of stardust, as Poirot actor David Suchet was on hand to cut the ribbon on the opening day.
However, it is Princess Motor Yacht Sales who have once again made the biggest impression, with three models on display, including the public debut of the new deck saloon version of the Princess V58.
Sadly Glider Yachts was unable to deliver its SS18 in time for the show, but managing director Rob McCall insists that the prototype will be heading to this year’s Monaco Yacht Show instead.
Yachting Monthly: The Northern Boat Show in Liverpool will be held from 3 to 5 June 2016, coinciding with the International Mersey River Festival.
The Northern Boat Show in Liverpool will be held from 3 to 5 June 2016, coinciding with the International Mersey River Festival.The three-day boat show will host over 70 boats from many popular boat brands including Parker, X-Yachts, Bavaria, Hanse, Beneteau, Dufour and Jeanneau.
New for 2016 will be displays of inland water boats and ancillary products, systems and services. In recognition of the UK professional wakeboard tour joining the International Mersey River Festival there will also be a range of sports boats on display from Mastercraft and Axis.
You will see some of the top athletes compete in Salthouse Dock using floating jumps and ramps to perform heart-stopping tricks right in the middle of the armada of boats on show. Visitors can also have a taster sail on two traditional boats from Character Boats.
The Northern Boat Show will cover every aspect of the leisure marine industry from boat builders, sail makers, marinas, holidays, chandlers and engine manufacturers to marine finance, clothing specialists and navigation equipment.
The International Boatbuilding Training College is showcasing one of the boats built on their courses and sail maker, Jeckells, will be there to showcase their sails, Adidas Sailing clothing displaying its new range, as well as Volvo motors, one the leading outboard motor manufacturer in the world.
Other exhibitors include Pantaenius, Cruising Association, Boatshed.com, Towergate, Whitehaven Marina, AGlaze, Boatsearch.earth, Black Bear, Bluepoint Marine Services, Conwy Quays Marina, Sail Ionian, Amateur Yacht Research Society, Nisos, Starboard Locker, Nautical 3D Charts, Sail Scotland and Visit Derry.
The Show will be free to all Festival visitors and serious boat owners will be able to buy premium tickets to give them exclusive access to the specialist areas. Early Bird tickets for pontoon access to the boats are just £5 per day or £8 on the bought on the day.