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Southampton International Boat Show invites locals to have a go on the water

by Joe Gallop

Southampton International Boat Show organiser British Marine has reached out to local residents to take part in water sports activities as part of its Community Day, taking place on 19 September.

British Marine said there is a special ticket offer for anyone living in postcode areas SO14 to SO19, with entry costing £14 per adult and free admission for children under 15 and senior citizens for the Community Day.

The event will feature model boat racing, stunts and tricks by flyboarder James Prestwood and world champion stuntmen performing free-style jet-ski acrobatics.

The Quarterdeck Bar and Restaurant offers a view of the activities on the water and the central Festival Green family entertainment area features music playing throughout the day and into the early evening. 

As part of Community Day, local teams and exhibitors have been invited to take part in the Great Southampton Boat Race, starting at 1pm. This will involve building an eco-friendly cardboard boat to take part in the race.

This year’s show will feature five new zones and a series of appearances and talks from Great Britain’s medal-winning sailing Olympians, famous Round the World sailors and environmentalists. 

Richard W. Roberts, British Marine’s Hampshire Ambassador, said: “We want to encourage everyone from the local community to feel welcome and come in and see what fun and exciting opportunities there are – whether you’re in, on or near the water.

“There’s so much to see and do, for all the family, no matter what your age or ability.  Activities range from cruising on the Solent to having a go at windsurfing, diving, paddleboarding and kayaking.  Visitors can go out sailing on a variety of boats from dinghies to yachts, enjoy the thrill of powerboating and racing on a RIB, or choose to be part of the crew on the impressive and historic Morgenster Tall Ship.”

Councillor Daniel Fitzhenry, leader of Southampton City Council, said: “The new show layout gives the event a larger footprint and we are delighted to have the show back in our city this year, ensuring attendants can enjoy the water safely and with minimal Covid restrictions we can Get Southampton Moving and recover from the pandemic.”

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