The London Boat Show 2018

When: 10th January - 14th January, 2018

Where: London

The annual London Boat Show returns to the capital in 2018 and promises to show off the latest in marine innovation, design and technology once again. The schedule is full of interesting industry talks, exhibitions, and more than enough ways for crewmembers to gain valuable information and have fun.

The main place to do just that is the purpose-built Mediterranean Bay attraction. An artificially constructed pool, the bay measures a staggering 500m2. It hosts a number of exciting seminars about boat handling, sail reefing and capsize drilling, delivered by top sailing schools. At the London Boat Show, visitors also have the opportunity to experience kayaks and seabobs, as well as many of the latest must-have toy.

For daredevils and thrill-seekers, the Boat Show’s Watersports Festival is not to be missed. As well as a mixture of water and stand-based activities, there are several adrenaline-fuelled competitions to get pulses pumping. The walk-on-water challenge is exactly what it sounds like: teams of two enter giant hamster-like balls and literally race each other over the waves in a true test of teamwork. But the Blind Powerboat Challenge pushes the test of teamwork to the next level. Crews must navigate their boat around a course in the quickest time possible, while the boat’s driver wears a blindfold. Points are deducted for collisions and poor navigation, so pick your teammates very, very carefully.

Indeed, the event does offer a lot. Other highlights include trips on vintage vessels, as well as the highly anticipated awards night and even special celebrity appearances.

Sunseeker Champagne Bar – After all the excitement, what better way to unwind and relax than with a drink in the Sunseeker champagne bar? Sit back and enjoy glasses of the finest bubbly in the chic and stylish surroundings of some of the world’s most luxurious yachts, while looking out over a sea of boats, and meet many like-minded people.

The Black and White Bar – The Black and White bar offers slightly simpler, but by no means less enjoyable, surroundings. The Guinness branded pub has proven to be a huge hit at past events and it remains the perfect place to soak up the lively atmosphere and meet up with fellow crewmembers before exploring all that the event has to offer.

On the Water – On the Water will be exhibiting at the event, offering advice to those who wish to make the most of the water, whether enjoying watersports, yachting and other activities. Industry professionals will be on hand to provide tutorials and demonstrations to those interested to learn.

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