Billed as the biggest free to attend boat show on the south coast, the Poole Harbour Boat Show will be opened by 2020 Vendée Globe skipper Pip Hare
More than 100 boats and over 50 brands, including Beneteau, Bavaria and Jeanneau will be on display at this year’s Poole Harbour Boat Show.
The three-day event will also feature dinghy and yacht racing and free sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking taster sessions to try and encourage people, particularly youngsters, to take to the water.
Held between 7-9 June 2019 at Poole Quay Boat Haven, this will be the 5th outing for the show, which will be opened by 2020 Vendée Globe skipper Pip Hare.
The RNLI and Poole Harbour Commissioners will be showcasing their work through a series of demonstrations over the three-day show.
There will also be plenty to wow the crowds with firework displays on Friday and Saturday evening. The Freefall Parachute Display Team: The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) will also be landing directly in the harbour at 4pm on 8 June.
The chief executive of the Poole Harbour Commissioners, Jim Stewart, said: “This year’s event has gained significant momentum and we are particularly pleased at the attention and support that the Boat Show is receiving, now in its 5th year. We are incredibly proud at how its reputation has grown within the marine industry, local and regional business communities and the enthusiasm being shown by the public to attend and get involved. 2019 promises lots of expansion and lots of focus on our event objectives of getting people ‘on the water’. Poole has such a very rich maritime history and the PHBS is a wonderful way to celebrate all that it has to offer.”
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Show organisers will also be trying to make the event as eco-friendly as possible, with single-use plastic banned from the show, wherever possible. Extra recycling collection points will also be installed.
The event’s marketing manager, Tracy Payne, said: “We are encouraging visitors to the boat show to bring refillable water bottles and we will provide details of all the refill stations to be found at the event in our show magazine. To continue with the reduction of single use plastic, Poole Quay Boat Haven will be providing refillable coffee cups to all of our exhibitors.”
The commissioners have also teamed up with ‘GoPladdle’ to hold ‘The Big Harbour Clean Up’ on 18-19 May.
The show will open daily from 10am- 6pm, Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June. For further details visit: pooleharbourboatshow.co.uk.