Women are encouraged to get on the water this Thursday, 19 September

Tomorrow’s Ladies’

at the PSP Southampton Boat Show will be packed with hands-on activities

and attractions.

With a growing rise in

the number of women participating in watersports, this year’s Ladies’ Day will

be a celebration of women on the water.

Visitors will be encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities to learn, see, hear and

participate in boating activities.

FREE activities include:

  • Try A Boat– perfect for beginners. A

    wide selection of sail & power boats to chose from. Book on

    arrival, stand A140.
  • Suzuki RIB Experience – Show sponsor

    Suzuki will be running free RIB experiences every day. Book on

    stand E057.
  • RYA Active Marina – on water and

    shorebased workshops. Refresh your boating skills and get top tips

    from expert instructors
  • Wetwheels – Geoff Holt MBE encourages

    those with a disability to get out on the water. Wetwheels will be

    on the marina. Register in advance now.

Other attractions include the Global

Challenge Sailing Experience
– a 72ft round the world Ocean Race

Yacht, which will take you on a one-and-a-half hour sailing adventure right in the heart of the

Solent. Tickets cost £52 and include entry to the show.

All activities are suitable for both experienced and novice sailors.

For those wanting to stay dry and get inspired, the British Stand Up Paddleboard Association

is hosting an exclusive ladies invitational paddleboard race live

in the heart of the Show.

A dozen of the UK’s leading women competitors,

including current BSUPA Women’s Distance Champion Maria Buchanan, will showcase the sport with demonstrations and races,

culminating in a final race competing for the title of PSP Southampton Boat

Show Women’s SUP Champion 2013

Richard Marsh, events director BSUPA, said: ‘SUP is the fastest growing ocean sport, in both sales and

participation and has so much to offer individuals of all ages and abilities

wishing to get involved, whether it be at a competitive or pure and simple

recreational level.’

Visitors can also enjoy stepping aboard yachts of all sizes, looking at the spectacular feature boats on display,

as well as indulging in a glass of champagne at the

waterfront vantage points the show’s bars and lounges have to offer.

Chosen charity

This year’s Ladies’ Day

official charity partner is Barnardo’s, which runs more than 800 projects throughout the

UK that transform the lives of over 200,000 children and young people every


Their work includes fostering and adoption services, enabling children to

break free from sexual exploitation, supporting young carers and helping

children living in poverty.

Barnardo’s UK events manager Victoria Veats said: ‘We hope to raise lots of money for our work in the local

area on the day and look forward very much to being part of the event.’

Visit www.southamptonboatshow.com

All pictures are credited to onEdition:

Sue Dawson and skipper Sue Gerry on the Tall Ships Challenger on day two of the PSP Southampton Boat Show.

Richard Hammond launching the Sunseeker world debut of the new Manhattan 55, 68 Sport Yacht and 80 Sport on the first day of the PSP Southampton Boat Show.