Setting the sails for a successful Southampton International Boat Show 2021

Visitors to the Southampton International Boat Show (10-19 September) will be able to see sailing yachts of every size and shape at this year’s much anticipated event. 

From world debuts, to UK premiers, award winning designs and the welcome return of some of the most popular models from British and internationally-based boat builders, Southampton International Boat Show is the place to come and see, try and buy the sailing yacht of your dreams.

Moored in Europe’s largest man-made marina, created especially for this event, visitors will be able to stroll along the pontoons to compare side-by-side the many different styles, designs and sizes of craft from the world’s leading yacht manufacturers. “Southampton International Boat Show is exactly that – a world-leading boat show – and our success relies upon having all the major manufacturers from all over the world represented in our event. We’re delighted that so many companies have chosen Southampton as the venue for the world premieres of their new designs,” says British Marine CEO Lesley Robinson.

British shipyard Discovery will be showing the 14.5m Discovery 485 alongside a walk-in scale model of the interior of the new Southerly 42. “The Southampton International Boat Show is our home show, it enables us to showcase our yachts and demonstrate the best of British yacht building. Due to the size of the show, it offers fantastic brand awareness, not only to the UK but the international markets as well,” says Oliver Hayes, Marketing Manager at Discovery Shipyard.

The Discovery 485. Photo © Discovery Yachts

Mainland Europe remains a key source of sailing yachts into the UK, and being able to show the wide choice and variety of yachts available to the UK customer is an essential part of being at an internationally-renowned boat show. Manufactured in Holland, Contest Yachts will be showing its award winning 17m blue-water cruiser, 55CS, at the show.  Accolades for this stunning yacht include being named as the winner of the Luxury Cruiser category, European Yacht of the Year 2021, and winning the Blue Water Cruiser category in the 2020 British Yachting Awards. 

French manufacturer Beneteau will have five models at the show, including the first chance to see the new Oceanis 40.1 and the 17m Oceanis 54. 

With large yachts moored alongside weekend cruisers, day boats and racers, French designer and builder Jeanneau has something for everyone on its stand.  The 33’ Sun Fast 3300 is world-renowned for its racing, whether around the cans or competing in long-distance IRC races such as the Fastnet.  “The British market is one of the most important and we have a huge fleet of Sun Fast 3300s sailing in the Solent,” says Antoine Chancelier of Jeanneau and Prestige. The company will also be showing its Sun Odyssey ranges – in sizes from 35’ (10.66m) to 44’ (13.41m). Each model offers different options designed to suit every type of use, from a lifting keel to light and spacious interiors, and innovative deck designs.  

Moving along the pontoons, visitors can see the new Dufour 470, making its debut at the show.  With its modernized, contemporary design with the iconic elegance, upwind and downwind performance, the 14.85m Dufour 470 is available in three models – Easy, Ocean and Performance – and will be on show alongside her smaller sisters, the Dufour 430 (13.24m), 390 (11.93m) and the 10.73m Dufour 360.

The new Dufour 470, Photo © Jean-Marie LIOT / Dufour Yachts

The Salona 46 is also making her world premiere at the show. This short-handed, long distance performance cruiser is aimed at couples seeking an extended period of comfortable passage making, a trend which is rising in the UK.

Always popular in the UK market, Clipper Marine will be showing its range of Bavaria’s Category A sailing yachts – all capable of the most extreme trans-ocean conditions.  With nine models on show from Dehler, Moody and Hanse, the Inspiration Marine Group emphasises that the Southampton Boat Show is the most important event in its calendar. “Not only can we showcase the latest models and innovations from our award-winning brands but also introduce the customers of the future to boating in a fun and interesting setting,” says Director Phil Dollin. The UK premier of the Dehler 38SQ (11.66m) will take place at the show, alongside the launch of the new 12.52m Moody DS41.   Six different Hanse yachts – from the Hanse 348 at 10.4m to the Hanse 588 at 17.2m – will be lined up at the show, giving visitors the ultimate opportunity to compare and contrast the range.

World renowned Swedish boat builder Hallberg-Rassy has chosen Southampton International Boat Show as the venue for the international premier of the Hallberg-Rassy 400 (13.6m). “This will be a very important model in a very competitive sector of the European market,” says Jeremy Mason of Transworld Yachts. “Hallberg-Rassy have been building exceptional cruising yachts on the west coast of Sweden for over 75 years and we have been their UK representatives at Hamble, the focal point of UK sailing, since 1985” he continues. Transworld Yachts will also be exhibiting the Hallberg-Rassy 57, which at 18.44m is considered the pinnacle of modern, fast offshore cruising yachts.

So whether it’s a racing yacht, a weekend get-away cruiser, or the ultimate ocean-crossing home for a long-distance adventure, the marina and stands at Southampton International Boat Show will be brimming with sailboats of every shape, size and price range enabling visitors to talk to the experts, compare and contrast, feel confident in having made the right decision through such a variety of choice on show. 

As momentum and excitement builds for the show, now is the time to register for all the show news and be the first to know when tickets go on sale. Don’t miss out, visit www.southamptonboatshow.com.  

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