Southampton Boat Show final countdown
- Wed, 11 Sep 2013
The PSP Southampton Boat Show returns to the South Coast this Friday offering both boating enthusiasts and landlubbers a spectacular day out.
This year's event, from 13-22 September, will be packed with more than 350 boats on display plus plenty of attractions, family fun activities and opportunities to get out on the water.
Held at one of Europe's largest purpose-built marinas with over 2km of pontoons, the 45th annual show will include more than 120 new boats debuts.
Celebrities attending the event include Brian Conley and Leslie Joseph, who will be starring in a swashbuckling pantomime adventure of Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre later this year.
They can be found on the deck of the Phoenician ship this Friday, 13 September 2013 at 9.30am at marina berth M53.
Another celebrity guest set to make waves at the show is the Royal Yachting Association's (RYA) new Junior member mascot ‘Bob the Buoy'.
Bob will be hanging out on the RYA stand (EO37) on the weekends of 14-15 and 21-22 September and all are invited to come and say hello and have your photo taken with him.
He'll also be taking a wander around the show, so see if you can spot him!
Youngsters aged 12 and under are also invited to take part in a special ‘Bob the Buoy' colouring competition which will be taking place on the RYA stand on both weekends of the show - with Bob the Buoy t-shirts up for grabs for the four winners.
Whether you're an enthusiast or new to boating and sailing, the Show will give you a vast range of craft to explore, from kayak to dinghy to superyacht. A whole host of old and new boats from small independent builders to multinational companies.
Try out the latest RIBs, powerboats and sailing yachts for free at the Show. Have a go at solo sailing, learn how to navigate, try water zorbing or hop on board for a Suzuki RIB Experience for some family fun.
Enjoy a free RYA Active Marina Experience
Back by popular demand is the RYA Active Marina Experience in partnership with Which Marina? From berthing and boat handling to engine maintenance and VHF, the free on-the-water and shore based workshops will provide visitors with the opportunity to refresh their boating skills and gain some real hands-on experience throughout the show.
A limited number of on-water workshops are now available to book in advance on the RYA Active Marina website. You can also book by visiting the ‘Try-a-Boat' booking point on stand A140, when you arrive at the show.
Find the PBO stand
Don't forget to visit PBO on the IPC Marine Media stand E001, meet the team and take advantage of our special show subscription offers to save money on Britain's biggest-selling yachting magazine.
Find a free pull-out Standfinder map of the show in the September issue of PBO.
Pictures: credited to onEdition and the RYA