Motorboat & Yachting: German boat show Hanseboot in Hamburg has enjoyed a bumper opening weekend and has reported strong visitor numbers for its opening weekend (25-26 October).
The German show, which is in its 55th year, saw around 24,000 visitors pass through its doors on the first two days alone. The event runs at the Hamburg Messe centre until Saturday 2 November, and this year’s theme is ‘Northern Waters, Northern Lifestyle’.
Boats on show at the event range from eight to 56 feet, with larger craft on display at the nearby City Marina, which can be reached by a free shuttle bus service. Highlights include the Fairline Targa 44, which is capable of 38 knots, and the Elling E3, which is worth upwards of £530,000.
The show’s organisers have laid on a range of new attractions, such as the Canoe World and Refit Arena zones. Tickets are still available online, priced at 12 euros (£9) for adults and 11 euros for concessions
Shake-ups are planned for both the London Boat Show and PSP Southampton Boat Show.
The PSP Southampton Boat Show will be promoted as a festival of boating, for all the family with an increased number of new attractions on the land as well as more opportunities to get afloat and experience being out on the water.
Meanwhile, the organizers will be striving to put the ‘Show’ back in to the London Boat Show.
What’s new for London?
London will be a 10-day show once more, with a return of the Friday preview day. Traders indicated in the post 2014 show research that many wanted an additional selling day. The media also wanted it to focus all the press activity on one day.
The show will also start a week later, with the 2015 event scheduled to take place from Friday 9 to Sunday 18 January.
A brand new Classic Car Show will be staged over the first weekend. The London Classic Car Show will run from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 January 2015. Run by the organisers of Chris Evans’ CarFest and Top Gear Live, this show will offer 15,000-20,000 discerning collectors, buyers and enthusiasts an opportunity to experience rare and valuable cars from the past; and it will offer boat show traders the chance to show off their products to a new, complementary audience.
The Telegraph Cruise Show will also run the first weekend from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 January.
National Boat Shows managing director Murray Ellis said: ‘We’ll inject the energy and excitement that’s been missing and create an amazing first impression.
‘It will be a great event with more innovative, unique attractions that will entertain, inspire, surprise and enthuse visitors, ensuring they – and you – can’t fail to recommend the event to family and friends.’
He added: ‘Our shows continue to be ranked in the world’s top 10 boat shows and the last two events in September and January proved to be successful in terms of sales, with many of you performing beyond your expectation; indications that, with the improving economy, they continue to deliver.
‘It is now the perfect opportunity to build on this upward trend.’
Mr Ellis said while the Southampton Boat Show will be enhanced for visitors, it will also create the best possible sales platform for traders.
He added: ‘We’re not forgetting that the marine exhibitors are the stars of the Show. Our visitors always want to see more boats, products, brands and services – covering sail and power, large and small.
‘Interest from marine companies is already high and with this new direction we’re confident of increased demand. Don’t forget the deadline for your early commitment discount is the end of May.
Why the shake-up?
Mr Ellis said the reason for the changes is to provide ‘an unrivalled sales opportunity’ and to ‘protect the services the British Marine Federation offers.’
He said: ‘The profit from both the London Boat Show and the PSP Southampton Boat Show contributes significantly to the Federation, enabling us to deliver the services and support to our 1,500 members and the industry as a whole. All of the planning has been done as a result of exhibitor and visitor feedback and has the full support of both the NBS and BMF Board.
‘We are committed to improving our Shows and will be announcing more plans over the next few months as we confirm them.’
The Düsseldorf Boat Show has attracted 1,650 exhibitors from 60-plus countries. Despite persisting strain on Europe’s boat markets ‘boot Düsseldorf’ has attracted a strong turn-out this week, say organisers.
Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, said: ‘Given the current difficult economic climate this is a great success.
‘Many exhibitors have announced extended ranges and are using boot Düsseldorf as the premiere show for their new models.’
The week-long event will finish this Sunday, 26 January.
According to Jürgen Tracht, managing director of the Federal Association of German Watersports Industries (Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft – BVWW), the hopes of European boat manufacturers for a major recovery from the 2008 financial and economic crisis have not been fulfilled but developments point to improvements next year.
Buyers at ‘boot 2014’ are spoilt for choice, with 11 of the 17 exhibition halls dedicated to yachts driven by sail, motor or even muscle power.
A total of 440 shipyards, dealers and importers are presenting 1,700 vessels ranging from luxury yachts to canoes and dinghies.
The show not only offers a huge range of boat equipment but is also said to be ‘the largest maritime travel market and the largest diving sport fair in the world’.
Olympians Ben Ainslie and Paul Goodison and their Ben Ainslie Racing Teammate Matt Cornwall draw a large crowd gathered in front of his J.P. Morgan BAR AC45 multihull at the London Boat Show 2014.
Held at ExCeL, London, the event saw Island Sailing Club Commodore John Dudley announce that the title sponsorship of the Round the Island (RTI) Race will continue to reside with J.P. Morgan Asset Management for a further two-year period up to and including 2016.
The announcement took place at stand G280, which exhibits the very boat which broke the Race Multihull record last year.
In addition to the race sponsorship continuation, J.P. Morgan announced their commitment to the sport of sailing by title sponsoring Sir Ben and his team BAR in the Extreme Sailing Series 2014.
The first race of the global series will be held in Singapore. The BAR team will include Olympic gold medallist Laser sailor Paul Goodison as tactician and on the main sheet, and Matt ‘Catflap’ Cornwall as bowman.
Sir Ben admitted that trying to break the RTI multihull record on 21 June would be a tough challenge and said that he was waiting to see the forecast before he decided which boat to use on the day – the AC45 or the smaller Extreme Sailing Series multihull.
He thanked the public saying: ‘We really do appreciate all the support. It was amazing to come back from the America’s Cup and see how many people had watched and supported it.’
Sir Ben said a British America’s Cup win was a part of maritime history that was missing. He said: ‘The America’s Cup started here in 1851 around the Isle of Wight, the American’s won it and we haven’t seen the cup back here since – it’s about time we turned that around.’
He added: ‘There’s a lot of passion for sailing in the UK, and a lot of talent in terms of British sailing designers, sailors and engineers. We’ve got the expertise, it’s about pulling the right people together to create a winning team.’
This afternoon HRH The Princess Royal will attend the show, visiting the Ben Ainslie Racing stand, Haines Marine, Raymarine, Hartley Boats, Southerly Yachts, the Royal Navy stand, Ocean Safety Ltd, the Little Ship Club team, Commodore Yachting, Gill and the Inland Waterways Association between 2.50pm and 4.30pm.
At 3pm, Princess Anne will be officially naming the Drascombe Longboat ‘Penny Wake’ and at 3.35pm she will present the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Yachtsmaster of the Year award.
The London Boat Show, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, runs until Sunday, 12 January. Find out more at www.londonboatshow.com
America’s Cup star and Olympic legend Sir Ben Ainslie, Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison and a Royal visitor will attend will be taking centre stage at the London Boat Show 2014 tomorrow – Wednesday 8th January 2014. The quadruple Olympic gold medallist and silver medallist will be joined by Olympic gold medallist Laser sailor Paul Goodison.
The stand also displays Sir Ben’s extreme racing multihull, which competed in the 2012-2013 America’s Cup World Series.
Sir Ben and Paul Goodison are later expected to attend the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation stand at 4pm, to promote the work of the charity established in memory of their good friend Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, who tragically died last year while training for the 34th America’s Cup.
A Royal VIP visitor is also expected to attend on what looks set to be the busiest day of the Diamond Jubliee anniversary show.
Moss the Springer Spaniel was among the sniffer dogs out in force today as security preparations stepped up a gear ahead of tomorrow’s big event.
Although attendance has been moderate so far, organisers are preparing for a record-breaking mid-week turnout, which they hope will bolster visitor numbers for the rest of the week.
A show spokesman said: ‘Advance ticket sales are up 4% on last year’s figures. At the moment Wednesday is the most popular day.’
The show so far
Waterside Properties director Nick Byrne said while today’s visitor numbers had been quieter than expected, they had enjoyed a positive start to the 2014 event.
He said: ‘We had the best opening day to a London Boat Show that Waterside Properties has experienced for four or five years, in terms of the number of people and most importantly the quality of the enquiries.
‘Sunday and Monday continued to be busy with quality enquiries, then today was much quieter.’
Staff at Ocean Safety Ltd also reported a successful show so far, with their liferaft demonstration in The Watersports Pool on the opening weekend attracting a couple of hundred spectators.
John Goode, of the Adventurous Cruising Zone, said the ‘Ask the experts’ free advice area was proving popular.
He said: ‘Because everything is so electronic these days we’ve had a number of people asking us about basic navigation stuff, there’s a lot of interest in being able to fall back on celestial navigation.’
The London Boat Show 2014, began on Saturday and is scheduled to run until Sunday 12 January.
Book tickets and find out more at www.londonboatshow.com
Pendennis, Burgess and IPC Superyacht Media have teamed up to host an exclusive party to meet Red Arrows pilots after their display at the Monaco Yacht Show. Following the announcement from Superyacht UK earlier this year that the Red Arrows will be flying once again at the Monaco Yacht Show, long term supporters Pendennis, Burgess and IPC Superyacht Media have signed up as Platinum sponsors of the event for 2013. As well as their involvement with the exclusive breakwater reception, providing one of the finest vantage points for VIP guests to view the display, the three Platinum sponsors have also teamed up to host a “Meet the Pilots” event, offering invited crew and guests the opportunity to party with the Reds at the well-known Monaco venue, Stars’n’Bars.
Toby Allies, Sales & Marketing Director at Pendennis commented: “Pendennis is delighted to be supporting the Red Arrows display in our 25th anniversary year. The event is a fantastic example of Great British excellence and we have been working closely with the display team’s Aeronautical Director to ensure a breathtaking display over Monaco harbour. We, along with Burgess Crew Services and IPC Superyacht Media, are very much looking forward to welcoming the pilots to our celebration later that day.”
The Red Arrows aeronautical display is being organised by Superyacht UK in recognition of their 10th anniversary, and will take place over the Monaco Yacht Show on Thursday 26th September at 2pm.
British Motor Yacht Show to have at least 15 new boats on display from Sunseeker, Princess and Fairline
More information has been released about the inaugural British Motor Yacht Show, which will run from 17-19 May at Swanwick Marina on the River Hamble.
This is the first time the dealers behind the UK’s biggest yards have come together like this to jointly host an event proudly displaying the cream of British boatbuilding.
The show’s organisers, Princess Motor Yacht Sales, Fairline Southampton and Sunseeker Southampton, are expecting up to 1,000 visitors over the weekend, but with free entry that figure could end up being far higher.
There will also be displays from “handpicked” industry leaders such as MTU, Caterpillar, Volvo Penta and Garmin.
Trevor Betts, general manager at Fairline Southampton, said: “It makes perfect sense for Britain’s premier motor yacht distributors to form an alliance to promote British expertise.
“In the general context, we are stronger if we work together. Symbolically, this show is hugely significant.”
It’s not known at present precisely which boats will be on display but check the show’s website (to go live in April) for more information as it arises.
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