Southampton Boat Show guide

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Whether you’re a Southampton veteran or a first-timer, it’s always good to plan ahead for a big events so you don’t miss anything. So here is our guide to the Southampton Boat Show 2016.

The Southampton Boat Show  is one of the most highly anticipated events in the British boating calendar and we at Sunsail always get very excited about it.

This year’s show takes place between the 16th and 25th of September on the waterfront in Southampton and will once again see a sprawling village celebrating all things boat and great buzz across the whole of the City of Southampton.

We will of course be displaying at Southampton but here’s what else you can expect on land and sea:

Free and cheap

There will be the opportunity for free boat rides on various types of craft to give people a taste of life on the water, as well as a free dinghy sailing experience for 8-16 year olds and wheelchair accessible sailing activities through ‘wet wheels’ and water sports sessions with ‘On The Water’.

For those who have a need for speed there will be free RIB rides and the launch of Team Britannia ahead of their round the world record attempt . You’ll also be able to watch the Honda RYA Youth RIB Finals and the Battle of the Classes.

For those with a taste for the traditional you can climb aboard Tall Ship Artemis and also catch demonstrations of traditional boat building and Epoxy techniques. Practical Boat Owner Magazine’s David Selby who is sailing to the event as we speak, will be giving a talk on how you can boat on a budget.

There will be fun for all of the family too with a Royal Navy Parachute Team display, the opportunity to contribute to breaking a Guinness World Record, a marine inspired fashion show and live music throughout the week.

Find out more here. 

Premium Hospitality

For those who want to feel a little like a rock star can take advantage of the Premium Show Experience on offer which include;

  • The Platinum experience
  • 90 minutes of sailing on a Global Challenge yacht (bring your foulies)
  • Access to the Admiral’s Club
  • Fine dining and special treatment on Ladies Day 

Getting to the show is easy, with a free shuttle bus for ticket holders arriving by train into Southampton Central down to Town Quay.


What are Sunsail up to?

We’ll be running our incredibly popular gutter boat racing competition. The big prize up for grabs is a Sunsail Holiday. Runners up prizes are from our sparkling wine partner, Tinwood Estate .

We’ve added a few multi-hulls to our gutter racing fleet to bring us up to the 21st century, so whether you’re a traditional monohull enthusiast or like a cat, save enough puff to earn bragging rights and try your hand at winning a holiday.

Some of the world’s greatest sailors and Sunsail ambassadors Dee Caffari and Helena Lucas (MBEs) will be stopping by for chats, selfies, autographs and will be generously imparting their knowledge to us lesser folk and helping us to become much better people.

Dee, who has sailed solo round the world single-handedly, twice  the’ wrong way’, now has her sights set on long distance, offshore, round the world, single-handed racing – meaning she doesn’t just want to sail round the world, she wants to do it fast and is keen to prove she can mix it up with the very best.  Terrifically strong in mind and body, Dee is inspirational to everyone but especially to women in sailing. Come by and say hi on Friday 16th.

Helena Lucas will be fresh back from the Rio Paralympics, hopefully with a new gold medal in her pocket. A true trailblazer and the first British Paralympic sailor to win gold, another inspiration to female sailors but also someone who has proved that boundaries to accessibility in sailing can always be challenged and overcome.

How to get there

Getting to the show is easy, with a free shuttle bus for ticket holders arriving by train into Southampton Central down to Town Quay.

There are several multi-story car parks in and around Southampton for those planning to drive subject to availability.

Photo credit to British Marine Boat Shows.

Sunsail discounted tickets

We are treating you to specially discounted Southampton Boat Show tickets. Unique only to Sunsail customers. Click on the link below and type in the special code ‘EPTOFWRZ6Y’ to obtain it.

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