Visitors to the 2017 Poole Harbour Boat Show, in association with Sunseeker, will have plenty to keep them occupied this year. The show, which is free to enter, takes place between 19-21 May.
There’s a marina full of boats and more than 200 exhibitors. There will be Royal Navy and Border Force vessels, four tall ships, thrilling demonstrations (both on and above the water), live music and plenty of food and drink. All topped off with a firework display on Friday evening.
And getting there couldn’t be easier – on Saturday and Sunday you can park in the Port of Poole for just £5 per day.
The show is organised by Poole Harbour Commissioners, and Chief Executive Jim Stewart said: “With such a wide range of exhibits, displays and attractions we can truly say that there is something for everyone at this year’s show. Whether you are young or old, an experienced sailor or complete novice – or even someone who likes to keep their feet firmly on the ground – we know you’ll enjoy your visit”.
The show is much bigger this year so there’s an additional display area on Ballast Quay. This is directly opposite Town Quay and a free passenger boat service, provided by Greenslades Pleasure Boats, will run between the quays – giving quick and easy access for visitors.
Sunseeker will have a major presence in the Poole Quay Boat Haven, where two of their impressive motor yachts will be on display. This includes the new 95 Yacht which is the show’s largest-ever exhibit. So, if you’ve always wanted to have a look around one of these superb boats – this is your chance!
Royal Navy & Border Force ‘village’. There will be a significant Naval Service presence in the shape of a minor war vessel, patrol craft, Royal Marine display and the Royal Marine band. In addition, the Border Force will bringing along their coastal patrol vessel ‘CPV Nimrod’. Visitors will also get a chance to see the Border Force dogs in operation.
There will be an exhilarating display of ‘flyboarding’ every afternoon, provided by Aquatic Jetpack. Attached to a jet ski, the flyboard can send the rider up to ten metres in the air, whilst doing various spins and tricks.
Four tall ships will be moored alongside Town Quay and will be open to the public. Two of them – Royalist and the Spanish vessel Nao Victoria – are visiting the show for the first time.
Marshall Bournemouth BMW will have a prominent display on Town Quay, showcasing the latest models of the BMW 7 Series Saloon and the innovative i8.
The Community Seagrass Initiative is a pioneering research project led by the National Marine Aquarium. They will be spreading the word about the importance of seagrass (one of the world’s only marine flowering plants) and recruiting volunteers to help their work.
Special boat show offers
Rockley Watersports is offering 20% off its wide range of RYA courses. Bookings must take place at the show and the course must be taken in 2017.
Get Lost Sailing will be offering 20% off tickets for their sea safari trips which take place during the show and the subsequent half-term week. They also have a competition to win a free pair of tickets on each day of the show.
Park ‘n’ sail
In order to make it as easy as possible to get to the show, Poole Harbour Commissioners are providing car parking within the Port on Saturday and Sunday (20 and 21 May). This will cost just £5 per day and a free shuttle bus will run between the car park and the Ballast Quay exhibition area. From here visitors can use the free passenger boat service to get to Town Quay and the Poole Quay Boat Haven.
Full details at www.pooleharbourboatshow.co.uk