Make it a date for your diary

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BOAT SHOW: Attracts boat lovers from far and wide, and is now in its 47th year.

SERIOUS yachties will be making a date in their diaries to visit the Southampton Boat Show from September 11 to 20.
Always attracting boatlovers from far and wide, this year’s show will include one of Europe’s biggest purpose-built marinas. Now in its 47th year, the festival of boating will showcase the very best that the international marine industry has to offer. With a host of attractions as well as thousands of boats, brands and equipment to see and try first-hand, there will be something for everyone.
As one of the world’s top 10 Boat Shows, the event will feature lots of family-friendly attractions such as:
Plenty of opportunities to get out on the water for FREE;
A big wheel offering panoramic views across the Show;
The spectacular Earl of Pembroke tall ship will take a break from featuring in blockbuster movies to allow visitors to climb aboard;
The Red Arrows will be swooping across Southampton on Saturday September 12 treating visitors to their famous show-stopping display.
There will be plenty of opportunities to experience the latest RIBs, powerboats and yachts at no extra cost, whatever your age, and whether you are an advanced sailor or a bold beginner.
On the Water’s ‘Get Afloat’ is a tailor-made attraction for younger visitors which gives eight to 16 year olds a chance to discover the excitement of dinghy sailing and Stand up Paddleboarding (SUP).
‘Try-a-Boat’ sessions will allow visitors to experience the thrill of being out on the water on a varied selection of vessels.
‘Wet Wheels’ is a fully wheelchair accessible, 9m Cheetah Catamaran. Capable of driving at 40 knots, it has been specially adapted to allow disabled access.
RYA Active Marina Experience will once again be offering visitors the opportunity to refresh their boating skills and gain top tips from expert instructors through their on-water and shore-based workshops.

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