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21 Sep, 2022
By James Bright
Set Sail for the 53rd Edition of the Southampton Boat Show 2022Anchors Aweigh! And set sail as the 53rd edition of Britain’s biggest festival for boating has returned for 2022: The Southampton Boat Show. Diving into a lifestyle full of being in and on the water, the Southampton boat shows offer an abundance of expert advice and exciting opportunities to get onboard with other serious boat buyers, water sports enthusiasts and families. Brands small and large, local and multinational are all set up in Mayflower Park, an incredible showcase purpose-built marina ready to welcome you. This includes stand-up paddle-boards, sail boats and super yachts. Learn about the new boat models from boating manufacturers such as Jeanneau, Prestige, Fairline, and many more. There is something for everyone at the Southampton International Boat Show. Everyone can get out of the water; it’s easier than many people might think. There is a boat and a show for everybody. The main show will be set differently from what people have seen before. The main entrance location will link the show with Southampton’s City Centre and the popular West Quay shopping centre in the city. This will allow even easier access to Britain’s biggest and best festival of boating from the main heart of the city. From there, amble along the backdrop of Southampton’s historic city walls, while exploring the zones on your way to the Mayflower Park and open Marina. Some of those features will include:
- Watersports Zone
- Dinghy Zone
- Classic and Day Boat Zone
- On The Water Zone
Water-sports ZoneWhether you’re seeking the perfect wave to ride, exploring new frontiers along the wave-line or to dip your toes in the water trying something new, you’ll get to know exactly what is on the rise in the Water-sports Zone. This zone has everything from stand-up paddle-boards, surfboards, wakeboards, water-skis, kite-surfs, windsurfs, canoes and kayaks. Perfect for everyone from someone that just wants to dip their feet into the water to learn something new that keeps you fit. Get tips from the pros, learn about the latest equipment or grab a bargain with special SIBS offers from our exhibitors. You’ll also learn all the latest trends in the Water-sports Zone. Unlimited board sports action, the latest equipment and, of course, lots of fun. In the Water-sports Zone, action is the priority. People of all ways of life experience the thrills of getting out on the water by using Southampton Boat Show’s ‘Try-a-Boat and Get Afloat’ feature. Whether you like the high-speed intensity of riding on a RIB or if you prefer to take things a little slower on a cruiser or a yacht, there’s plenty of fun to have in the ‘On The Water Zone’. If you do prefer to stay on land, grab a chair and a drink in the waterfront restaurant and bar and enjoy the action.
Dinghy ZoneThe Dinghy Zone demonstrates that there is a much larger world to boating than what people might think. With a friendly community to help you enjoy it with, the dinghy zone is the only place to see sports and sailing dinghies, trailer boats, cruisers, boat builders, high-performance equipment, sailing clubs, provide holiday outings and other training options all in one area at the Southampton Boat Show. Whether you own a dinghy or rent one that suits your needs. The Southampton boat show exhibitors will help you by explaining and showing you the different types of dinghies, as well as the equipment that matches your needs and budget – which can be surprisingly low for novice cruisers. Kick-start the next outing afloat. When your boating is done, grab a drink, kick back and mingle with your fellow sailors. On the foredeck stage in Mayflower Park. Hear the tales of adventure cruisers, collect racing tips from Dinghy sailors’ biggest names. Steering dinghies is a quick and easy skill to learn. Southampton Boat Show teamed up with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). As the national body for all things boating, the RYA is your go-to for training at all levels. Whether you want to spend more quality downtime on the water travelling on your boat, competing in competitions or advancing your career, the RYA has a course for you. Go to the RYA in the Dinghy Zone and have a chat with the experts.
Classic and Day Boat ZoneVarnished wooden decks, shiny sleek hulls, weathered coloured sails on gaff rigs and traditional brass fittings, many people have always loved the classic boats featured at the Southampton boat show. With a collection of beautiful crafts and things to learn, see and experience, the Classic and Day Boat Zone is a place to immerse yourself with a wide range of crafts, from modern boats inspired by traditional designs and craftsmanship to masterfully restored classics. This zone celebrates the boats and craftsmanship that has stood the test of time. Brands showcase their updated products and latest features, so all classic boat enthusiasts and seasoned boaters will find all the equipment they need to keep their treasured boats gliding across the water. For those picking up a boat for the first time, the Southampton boat show has training courses and ready-to-go equipment. The exhibitors will happily assist and explain how to use them and the various safety features around them.
On-The-Water ZoneThis year in the On-The-Water Zone, Southampton has everything from stand-up paddle-boarding to dinghy sailing encompassing all the action from the previously mentioned zones into one. Below are some of the events happening in this year’s on-the-water-zone:
- Try-a-Boat in partnership with FlexiSail – Glide through the waters in a high-speed RIB or float across the Solent under sail.
- Get Afloat in partnership with Rockley Watersports – Enjoy dinghy sailing, kayaking or paddle-boarding and pick up top tips from the experts. All equipment is provided, including wetsuits and buoyancy aids are provided.
- Mini-cruise – Enjoy a mini cruise around the Solent and see the show from an entirely different angle!
- Access to all the show attractions, stages and our incredible purpose-built show marina with over 300 boats on display
- A whole host of opportunities to get out on the water from paddle-boarding and dinghy sailing to powerboats and sailing yachts with Try-a-boat and Get Afloat.
- Entry to the Water-sports, Dinghy, Classic & Day Boat, Powerboat and On The Water zones, plus Mayflower Park, where you’ll find hundreds of exhibitors showcasing everything from kit and clothing, to tech and gadgets, not to mention even more boats!