Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow A Boat, is Britain’s biggest festival of boating, Set against a stunning backdrop of some of the world’s most luxurious and innovative boats, the Show boasts Europe’s largest purpose-built marina hosting thousands of guests and businesses over an action-packed 10 days.
Featuring live music, interactive attractions and the latest technological innovations, it
offers visitors the perfect opportunity to indulge their passion for the water while meeting like-minded people. Whether you’re a watersports enthusiast, boating beginner or a seasoned pro, there is something for everyone.
With a host of beautifully designed boats and products from over 600 global marine brands, 2019 will be the biggest Show yet. Including an array of on-the-water experiences from trying your luck at Stand Up Paddleboarding to exhilarating sails aboard a 72-ft round-the-world Ocean Race Yacht, key features at this year’s Show include:
Try-a-Boat – come aboard with the opportunity to glide through the waters in a high-speed RIB or float across the Solent under sail
Tall Ship Shtandart – a replica of the 1703 frigate built by Peter the Great, Shtandart’s decks will offer visitors a unique opportunity to learn all about the history behind this famous ship
Ocean Scene Mini Cruise – fully equipped with sundecks and bars, the Ocean Scene is the Show’s very own mini cruise ship
Andark Try-a-Dive – if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater, the Andark Try-a-Dive tank is your opportunity to experience a whole new world
Radio Sailing Pool –all visitors are invited to race their very own Dragon 65 yacht alongside other models, competing against family and friends in this hugely popular shore-based activity
Get Afloat – from dinghy sailing to paddleboarding, try something new or sharpen your existing watersports skills with the expertise of the Rockley Watersports team onhand
A practical boating stage – for both beginners and enthusiasts, take this opportunity to meet some of the biggest sailing personalities and learn skills and insights first-hand ahead of your next nautical adventure
Virtual Sailing – in partnership with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), experience the thrill of competing against other visitors and users from around the world in a virtual reality experience to see if you’ve got what it takes
Rum & Gin Bar – relax and unwind with a rum or gin cocktail, tasting opportunities and demonstrations on offer
Seaside Storytime Ship – Listen to magical stories of on the water adventures and join readers from Southampton’s libraries
The Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow A Boat has acted as the launchpad for boating legends, as well as being the platform for the evolution of ground-breaking technology and tracking the rise of global marine brands.
Building on environmental initiatives that were launched last year including a dynamic three-year pledge to move away from single use plastics, serve only sustainable fish, continue to recycle waste wherever possible, Show organisers are introducing a number of additional commitments for 2019’s event.
Features include a beach clean-up operation open to members of the public in the build-up to the Show, to help protect and support the iconic coastal habitat and wildlife. An Environmental Award will also be launched at this year’s Show to recognise brands who have gone above and beyond to reduce their environmental impact and introduce sustainable working practices.
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