The last hanseboot to be held in the Hamburg’s convention centre gets underway from October 28-November 5, 2017. Around 520 exhibitors are expected to present their latest boats, services and water sports’ products at the B-site. Heiko Zimmermann, hanseboot Project Director, said: “Many of the innovations from last year such as the change in opening times, BOATFIT and the larger Funsport World were so popular with visitors that we are keeping them this year. The presentation of sailing will be better because it will be more compact. The SailCampus is a new first-time feature with joint presentation in Hall B6 by the German Sailing Union, the Class Associations, and the well-known North German sailing clubs”.
Offers for newcomers
The hanseboot academy is likely to be a magnet for newcomers. Held in several conference rooms, it holds lots of opportunities to get expert initial and advanced training on the water. The courses cover interests such as preparing for a seagoing leisure boat licence, radio operator courses, and night-time orientation trips. Motor boat newcomers, who have benefited from licence exemption for boats up to 15hp, will find a comprehensive offer in Halls B7 and B4 (ground floor) including motorised inflatables and dinghies, handy open fibreglass racers, fishing dinghies and cabin boats.
Sports enthusiasts will find plenty of attractions in the Funsport Hall B1 (ground floor) such as a pool to try out wakeboarding, stand-up paddle surfing or sea-bob driving. A firt slackline competition will be held – a slackline is stretched over the pool, with a prize for anyone who can cross without falling into the water. New products for 2018 will also be on show as well. This year, special emphasis will be on kite-foiling, which has gained popularity in the United States and France and is attracting fans in Germany also. Products available for purchase include neoprene suits, protective covers for boards and paddles, buoyancy vests and impact vests. A lounge area with white sand, chill-out music, cool cocktails and the latest surfing videos may prove the perfect place to relax and dream of your next Holiday.
The 58th Hamburg International Boat Show is bidding farewell to the convention centre this year. A new event format in the Port of Hamburg is being planned, according to Zimmermann, adding: “That’s enough reason to give our utmost at the last hanseboot of this kind and to present all the facets of this fascinating sector.”
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