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Big brands commit to Southampton International Boat Show for return of watersports

by Joe Gallop

UK marine industry exhibition, the Southampton International Boat Show, has confirmed new and returning international brands for this year’s event, which takes place from 10-19 September.

The show at Mayflower Park is organised by British Marine in partnership with Southampton City Council.

“Our goal is to offer a great, safe day out for everyone,” says Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine. “With so much interest in watersports at the moment, from seasoned sailors to those who are new to watersports, the Southampton International Boat Show is the place to come and see everything in one location.” 

In a huge vote for the value of live events, this year sees several new exhibitors at the show including boats from Comitti. Founded in 1956, the company is one of the few remaining Italian shipyards with a tradition of building Italian wooden motorboats, now available in the UK through its newly appointed UK dealership. 

Dr Karen Dickens, chairman and CEO of Comitti Boats UK and Caribbean said: “It’s a great way for us to showcase the exciting new designs and evolution of the Comitti brand and for visitors to find out more about the Comitti fleet.”

Also among the show’s exhibitors is Kawasaki Jet-Skis, which is back after an absence of nearly seven years. It will show its new range of multi-seat and stand-up personal watercraft (PWC) through UK distributor Boats.co.uk.

Boats.co.uk managing director James Barke said: “As in other markets, there has been an up-surge in boating here in recent months and with less people travelling due to the Covid-19 situation, we see this trend continuing. PWCs are a relatively low-cost way of getting on the water so all the signs point to a big demand in the future.”

The show will also feature live music, entertainment and guest speakers. British Marine recently announced that it will reveal a new layout at this year’s show.

British Marine said through engagement with the relevant Government department and Southampton City Council, it will ensure that attendees can enjoy themselves in a “safe and happy environment” and incorporate any necessary Covid-19 safety measures that may be required at the time

2020’s event was cancelled at short notice after an intervention by the local health director.

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