Darling Harbour is gearing up to play host to one of Sydney's most exciting annual events, the Sydney International Boat Show, from 30 July – 3 August. Once again, the show will anchor in the city's favourite harbour for five days of boating entertainment, events and the opportunity to witness a unique collection of famous and historic boats.
Organised by the Boating Industry Association of NSW (BIA), the Sydney International Boat Show promises to cater for all tastes with an array of events designed to entertain the whole family, from the keenest of boaties to those who simply want to learn more about the boating lifestyle.
“We have an extremely exciting line-up of attractions and events at this year's show,” said Domenic Genua, Marketing and Event Manager for BIA. “We're pulling out all the stops to provide visitors with an experience to remember. Whether you're a boating enthusiast or simply interested in coming down to Darling Harbour for a fun-filled day for all the family, we have plenty for you to do and see. With more than 250 exhibitors, you can find everything you need to achieve the ideal boating lifestyle under one roof.”
Some of the firm favourites returning include:
Fishing is a popular Aussie passion for many so the Nautilus Marine Insurance Fishing Clinic, widely-regarded as one of Australia's most entertaining and informative clinics, returns with popular personalities and fishing experts on hand to entertain the crowds with a tale or two, such as John Bethune (Mr Bass), and Channel 9's weatherman and keen angler Mike Bailey.
The Better Boating Lounge will provide visitors with somewhere to relax and listen to inspiring true stories of bravery, courage and excitement from a number of VIP guests and presenters; including Pete Goss and the Spirit of Mystery, Justin and James from Crossing the Ditch, Don McIntyre, as well as 16 year old Jessica Watson who will shortly become the youngest person to attempt to sail non-stop, unassisted around the world.
This year's Fashion Parades will feature the latest in nautically-inspired sportswear and recreational clothing from Musto, and innovative new technologies to help make boating more comfortable.
The annual Boat Building Competition will once again entertain the crowds with skilled tradesmen attempting to build a boat in just two hours and then sail it around Cockle Bay in an exhilarating race to the finish line.
For the first time, ticketholders can be treated to a special tour of Sydney Harbour by boat, which will show visitors why so many people take up recreational boating. Best of all, it's free to all show entrants but be quick, spaces will be limited!
Another draw card is the Classic and Old Boat Display which will bring some of the most magnificent vessels to sail Australia's waters to within reaching distance; whilst the Walk of Fame will feature some of the best-known and historic vessels such as the Lady Hopetoun (1900), the Boomerang (1903) and the Waratah (1900), Brindabella, Sydney to Hobart winner Love and War and the Spirit of Mystery from Cornwall in the UK.
With even more fun-filled attractions and entertainment to be announced in the coming weeks, expectation is high for 2009 to be the best ever Sydney International Boat Show.