the WHOLE WORLD OF BOATING AT THE PSP SOUTHAMPTON BOAT
The PSP Southampton Boat Show will return from 13 – 22
September, with more exciting activities to take part in and more
boats, brands, products and suppliers than ever before.
This year, the 45th Show will thrill experienced
boating and watersport enthusiasts as well as those setting foot on
a vessel for the very first time. Built on one of Europe’s largest
purpose-built marinas with over 2km of pontoons, the ten day Show
will have visitors getting out on the water as well as marveling at
the stunning boats from dry land.
The PSP Southampton Boat Show is the ideal environment to
immerse yourself in the world of all things marine. Few other
events are as hands-on, inviting visitors of all ages and levels of
experience to get out on the water, explore a vast variety of
gorgeous power and sailing boats inside and out and refresh old
skills – or even pick up new ones!
Attraction Highlights Include:
The Show’s Signature Attraction: The Marina
The Show’s purpose built marina, one of Europe’s
largest, makes the Show a truly impressive on-water experience.
Visitors will be able to walk the pontoons to board some stunning
new launches as well as see a wide variety of yachts in every size,
shape and design. There are also some unique feature boats which
will be situated in the marina, all offering a different experience
Almost 100 boats are currently scheduled to make their debut at
the Show, including an unprecedented 28 world launches. These range
from small dinghy tenders such as the FoldAway 8 and the NautiRaid
Coracle 250, to some of the world’s most desirable sailing and
motor yachts such as the Bavaria Vision 42 and Gunfleet 58. There
will also be impressive luxury motor yacht launches from Princess,
Sunseeker and Fairline. The stunning range of debuts at Southampton
captures the height of both British and international boat building
View a wide variety of old, new, sail
and power Feature Boats that will be on display throughout the Show
in the Marina. These include Bessie Ellen one of the last surviving
West Country trading ketches from a fleet that once stood at nearly
700 built in Plymouth in 1904. An incredible reconstruction of an
ancient Mediterranean trading vessel, Phoenicia, will also be on
display, along with Donald Searle, part of the Rona Sailing Project
and everyone’s favorite, Callista. The Royal Navy P2000, gives the
opportunity to get up close to the Patrol Boat and chat to the crew
while the fastest feature boats are the two Global Ocean Race
yachts. See them in the Marina.
Prepare to Launch with On the Water!
Those who are looking to have an on-water experience at this
year’s Show will not be disappointed, with opportunities for
children and adults alike to try out boating, diving or even, for
the first time this year, paddleboarding. On The Water, the
initiative to encourage and educate everyone to the accessibility
and affordability of getting on the water brings some of the Show’s
key attractions, available for free.
The Show’s ever-popular attraction, Try-A-Boat, sees enthusiasts
and beginners alike get on the water on a range of power and sail
boats of all sizes.
Don’t delay – book your slot early at stand A140 in the Arena
For the younger Show visitor Get Afloat,
brought to the Show by Rockley Watersports, lets 8 – 16 year olds
get on the water either dinghy sailing or stand up paddleboarding,
with qualified instructors, in a 90 minute session in the heart of
Book in for your Get Afloat session at stand A140 in the Arena
If it is an underwater experience you are looking for, Andark
Diving’s Try-A-Dive attraction offers visitors of all ages to get
in the water and experience Scuba Diving. A unique interactive
sporting experience with fully qualified instructors on hand and
all the kit supplied; all you need to do is head to the stand and
sign up for your free session. Head over to stand A124 in the Arena
area to book your slot.
This Southampton based charity will be bringing its mission to
get the nation active. With sessions in kayaking and water-zorbing
available to visitors, anyone can get involved, with expert
instructors on hand to show you the ropes. Visit their stand A132A
in the Arena.
Suzuki RIB Experience
Suzuki’s RIB experience offers Show visitors the
chance to travel at high speeds along Southampton water, getting to
feel first-hand what it is like out on the water in a RIB.
Geoff Holt’s WetWheels, a specially adjusted 9m Cheetah
catamaran for wheelchair access will be at the Show. Powered by two of Suzuki’s
flagship V6 300hp outboard engines it will be running rides for
disabled visitors and wheelchair users each day.
Brushing up on Skills and Safety
Two boats, one power and one sail, will be stationed in the
marina both dedicated to sharing with visitors those skipper skills
you always wanted to master. Some of the topics being covered on
board in five, hour and a half sessions each day will include safe
downwind sailing, gybing a spinnaker and picking up a mooring buoy
under sail. This new attraction is ideal for those that can already
sail, or perhaps have their own boat and would like to gain some
extra tips and skills. This unique learning experience from the
experts is free for Show visitors.
Honda, Yamaha and the RYA have come together with National Boat
Shows (NBS) to provide an interactive and educational learning
experience on everything you need to know before heading out to
sea. Sessions will cover PWC (jet skis), RIBS and powerboats of
varying sizes and designs.
RYA Active Marina Experience
Boating enthusiasts will have the chance to polish their
skills or learn those aspects of sailing which they have never got
to grips with before with the RYA Active Marina Experience.
Following the success of the attraction in 2012, this year will
bring the opportunity to gain top tips from expert instructors with
free on the water and shorebased workshops. These sessions are
limited so visitors are encouraged to look at the and book in
Go Solo is an at-Show experience for those with a few more
sailing miles under their belt. Try your hand at solo sailing in
one of the specially designed Figaro Bénéteau II’s; this impressive
boat is available to those visitors wanting to experience the true
adrenalin rush of sailing solo and offers an exclusively coached
solo experience this September.
A Celebration of Heritage
Exhibits of a LIfetime
This, the 45th Show, will see many first time
exhibitors, but there will also be numerous companies and
individuals who have been present since the beginning. Exhibitors
who were present at the first ever Shows and are still triumphing
in the marine industry include Moody Yachts, the RNLI and the Royal
Wooden Boat Builders Association
Come and watch wooden boat builders construct two life-sized
vessels in the Arena from scratch throughout the Show. View this incredible craft first
hand and hear about the benefits of using this traditional material
for boat building.
2013 is the 50th anniversary of the Mirror Dinghy. An incredible example of this
iconic British product, invented in the 1970s as an accessible way
for more people to get into boating, complete with all its original
components will be on display throughout the Show next to the
Wooden Boat Builders Association. Mirror Dinghy 32 will bring back
memories of learning to sail for many visitors and is a fantastic
example of British sailing heritage and invention.
The Need for Speed
Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship
Enjoy watching this exciting national race championship,
sponsored by Honda and Ribcraft, in which 8 - 16 year old Rigid
Inflatable Boat (RIB) drivers can demonstrate their skills with the
goal of winning a 4.8m Ribcraft or a Honwave T40 for their club.
The National Final will be held at the PSP Southampton Boat Show,
Sunday, 15 September 2013. Some of the youngest and most fearless
home grown talent, such as Hannah Glatzel, will compete region
Battle of the Classes Pursuit Race
The PSP Southampton Boat Show Battle of the Classes Pursuit
Race, in association with YachtsandYachting.com and Active Nation,
will be an event not to be missed on Sunday 22 September. With just
two boats racing in each class the standard is set to be incredibly
high, so head down to the marina to get a good spot of this
exciting pursuit race action, with the prize giving taking place on
the Active Nation stand.
Catch up on the America’s Cup racing at the Show. Head to the
Suzuki Marina Bar where you can relax in the atmosphere of the Show
and watch highlights of the racing on the big screen over the ten
days of the Show.
A Well Deserved Drink
With the stunning views available for visitors at the Show, it’s
worth taking time out to relax and enjoy a drink. Sip on your
favourite tipple, including champagne, at either the Honda
Champagne Bar or Suzuki Marina Bar where you can also enjoy a pint
of Guinness. Alternatively, take in the Show’s atmosphere and enjoy
a la carte dining at the Mariners restaurant.
The Galley Food Court, San Miguel Tapas Bar and Mariners
Restaurant can be found in the Mayflower Complex, Mayflower Park,
with the Honda Champagne Bar & Suzuki Marina Bar serving
Guinness in Solent Park.