Saturday - Sep 23, 2017

2014 Southampton Boat Show gets underway

2014 Southampton Boat Show gets underway

This year’s ever popular PSP Southampton Boat Show, got underway last weekend and is due to run until Sunday the 21st. Thanks to an increase in interest among the general public in the world of yachting, this year’s event has been given a major makeover and visitors will be able to enjoy a wide choice of new features as well as the usual impressive display of new yacht and gear launches.

The city of Southampton, situated in the south east of England boasts one of the world’s largest purpose built marinas, containing over 2 km of pontoons, enough space to display the 350 boats that visitors to the show will be docking over the 10 days at the show will be running.

More than 600 exhibitors displaying 850 boats will be featured at the show, with a selection ranging from around 300 dinghies up to to ocean going yachts, costing seven figure sums

Among the host of new yachts who will be making their debut at Southampton include the Allures 39.9, the Oceanis 35 from , Beneteau’s, Bavaria’s Easy 9.7, Discovery’s 55 MkII, Dufour’s 310, the GT35, the Hanse 445, the Sirius 40DS, Sunbeam’s 42.1, and the Varianta 37 among a number of others.

For those visitors interested in something a little lighter and want to taste the joy of sailing, even for the first time, a number of options will be available, among them a wide choice of Try-a-Boat vessels, the chance to take part in a Challenge 72 event as well as free but supervise dinghy sailing for children ranging from 8-16.

The show will culminate with an event to be known as ‘Bart’s Bash’ which will take place on Sunday, 21 September. Bart’s Bash’ is being sponsored by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, a charity whose goal it is to capture the imagination of the benefits of sailing and transform among the younger generation, is the official charity for the show and will have a stand at the Holiday Inn.

During the course of the event to be known as “Bart’s Bash” will see its competitors attempt to break the existing Guinness World Record for the largest sailing race in the world. The event has been staged to honor the memory of the late Olympic sailor Andrew “Bart” Simpson, who was tragically killed when the catamaran he was crewing overturned in San Francisco Bay in May 2013. All of the boats taking part in the event will be Star keelboat, the same class of boat, that Andrew Simpson was particularly associated with during his sailing career, which was cut short. More than 500 sailing clubs from all over Europe will be participating in the race.

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