Hamburg – With shiny fittings and polished planks, the Hamburg Boat Show (HBS) is embarking on its maiden voyage from Wednesday the 17th to Sunday the 21st of October, 2018. The trade fair of the industry for the industry is celebrating its premiere with around 300 exhibitors and the full range of water sports on the exhibition grounds in the Hanseatic city. “The Hamburg Boat Show is a meeting place for the water sports community. It offers everything that thrills boat and board fans. From beginners to professionals – everyone who loves water will get what they came for,” explains Torsten Conradi, President of the German Boat and Shipbuilders Association (DBSV), which is organizing the new trade fair. An anchor point of the premiere will be the two large promenade jetties in Hall B6, on which 20 motor and sail boats will be moored directly adjacent. In addition, a large number of boats will be presented at individual stands in the exhibition halls. The variety of brands and boats will be complemented by a large board area with test pools and a hall with accessories and equipment.
From the dinghy to the heavy cruiser, from the inflatable sports boat to the motor yacht – boat fans will find what they are looking for at the new water sports event in Hamburg. But even water worshipers for whom boards mean the world will get their money’s worth in the board area. The brands represented at the new boat show are particularly diverse: “From A for Absolut to H for Hanse to Z for Zodiac – the offer for visitors is comprehensive. The Hamburg Boat Show is more than just a pure product show. With numerous information offers and presentations by experts, the event provides input for boaters and board fans alike,” adds Dirk Kreidenweiß from Messe Friedrichshafen, who is responsible for the operative business with his team. The visitors themselves can become active in Hall B7, where water sports can be experienced up close during stand-up paddling in the test pool or on the standing wave. The short films of the Ocean Film Tour, which will inspire longing for the sea, will also get under your skin. If the trade fair program during the day is not enough, you can arrange an after-work party, exchange ideas, and celebrate with your customers, friends, and acquaintances in a variety of halls in the evening.
Three stages present a great deal of know-how for boat owners
The Hamburg Boat Show will provide first-hand water sports knowledge in all three halls: While the “Refit for You” forum in Hall B5 provides information on all aspects of boat restoration and upgrading, in Hall B6 the “Sailing and Travel Info Center” is all about vacations on the water and wind sports. Experience reports, trend topics such as foiling, and useful tips on the water under hoisted sails whet your appetite for more. The “Know-How for You” forum in Hall B7 will offer helpful, interesting and useful information about floating vehicles for all those who still have a thirst for knowledge. From the repair of sails and electric boat topics to the maintenance of motor yachts, boaters can take numerous practical ideas home with them.
Hamburg Board Show – boards that mean the world
Where there is water, boards are not far away: The Hamburg Board Show will offer everything a fun-seeking sportsman’s heart desires: kites, stand-up paddle boards, surfboards, wakeboards, paddles, swimwear, accessories, and much more. A five-meter-wide pool with standing wave promises fun and a vacation atmosphere at the HBS Surf Days. Water sports fans will be able to jump into the water and ride a wave or two. A bit quieter but no less entertaining is the SUP test pool, where both beginners and advanced riders will be able to borrow a board and test the latest trend sport. Neither advance sign-up nor your own equipment is necessary. In addition to a chill-out area with a bar, a wide range of clothes, boards, swimming trunks, and numerous other beach accessories provide the right beach feeling. Young water sports enthusiasts also get what they came for and can try their hand in the water in Hall B7.
SUP Team Challenge: From the Hamburg Boat Show directly to the Caribbean
For all those who are not satisfied with relaxed paddling on a stand-up paddling board, the “Hamburg Boat Show SUP Team Challenge” on October 21 in Hall B7 presents a special challenge: The registered teams of two will compete against each other in an obstacle course and demonstrate their skills in the test pool. The winners can look forward to a sporting prize: In February 2019, they will fly to the Caribbean and take part in the “British Virgin Islands SUP Challenge powered by The Moorings,” where they will compete with the winners of the Interboot SUP Team Challenge and above all paddle from island to island, with dream beaches and overnight stays on a luxury catamaran included. Further information and the registration form are available at WWW.HAMBURG-BOAT-SHOW.DE/SUPTEAMCHALLENGE.
Hamburg Boat Show Campus: In-depth specialist information
Without theory, no practice: The Hamburg Boat Show Campus offers numerous workshops and seminars for water sports professionals by water sports professionals, in which experts such as Peter G. Boot, former member of the Royal Navy, can pass on their knowledge, and sailors and motor boaters can deepen their knowledge in order to achieve safety and routine on the water. The presentations cover topics such as radar and plotters as well as offer the opportunity to apply what has been learned interactively and exchange experiences. In the VHF radio refresher seminar, for example, participants will be able to practice typical practical scenarios using original VHF radios so as not to be thrown off into the deep end at sea. The complete program and registration can be found at www.hamburg-boat-show.de.
Roam distant waters with consultations on charter and sailing trips
Those who need inspiration or support with individual planning of their next sailing or motorboat trip should make a detour to the charter and sailing trip consultations. With their many years of experience, water sports experts Michael Amme and Jürgen Straßburger will be available to answer questions in free and independent discussions. Whether the Balearic Islands, Greece, Côte d’Azur, Turkey, or the Cape Verde Islands, the experts have background knowledge and useful tips on almost every area. Reservations for the informative slots are possible at www.hamburg-boat-show.de
Family Boat Building: hands-on boat construction
If you can’t buy a boat at the fair, just build it yourself. At the Family Boat Building, three families will hammer, sand, and assemble for five days. A parent and a child will make a wooden dinghy under expert guidance. Planks, ribs, stringers, and floor panels will be prefabricated, and three small launch slips will be installed in Hall B5 for the construction. Visitors will be able to observe the progress during the course of the fair before the three boats are launched for their maiden voyage on the last day of the fair.
Dock 6 – The water sports community comes together here
Lounge Dock 6 in Hall B6 will be the meeting place for all organized and active water sports enthusiasts. The club area for members of the German Sailing Association (DSV) and the German Motor Yacht Association (DMYV) offers space in a relaxed atmosphere to talk shop, chat, or simply spin a little sailor’s yarn about the latest topics in the industry. In Dock 6, like-minded people meet, exchange ideas and have a beer or two on the house.
Maritime Art – The Sea in the Home
With the “Maritime Art” area, the sea can find its way into your own four walls. The watery blue is made suitable for decoration in the form of atmospheric paintings and photographs through to rustic sculptures made of old ship planks. Whether oil or acrylic, wood or stone, small or large – in the exhibition with works of all sizes and shapes, every art lover and water lover will find what they are looking for.
Opening hours, prices, and organizer
The Hamburg Boat Show will drop anchor at the Hamburg exhibition grounds from Wednesday the 17th to Sunday the 21st of October, 2018. The event is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Friday until 8 pm. The day ticket costs 14 euros, with reduced-price tickets selling for 12 euros. Children from 6 to 16 years will pay 6 euros. A family ticket is available for 32 euros. Hamburg Motor Classics will take place in parallel in part in the A halls of the exhibition grounds from October 19 to 21. Visitors to the events will receive a discount of €2.50 off the regular admission price at the other event.
The Hamburg Boat Show is the only water sports fair in Germany to be organized by an industry association, the German Boat and Shipbuilder Association (DBSV). The water sports fair of the industry for the industry is made possible by the DBSV, Messe Friedrichshafen, and the Hamburg Messe and Congress.