The Poole Harbour Boat Show in association with Sunseeker was officially opened today (May 20th) by former British rower and five-time Olympic gold medallist, Sir Steven Redgrave CBE.
As an ambassador for Jaguar Land Rover, Sir Redgrave declared the opening of the south coast’s free boating festival on the Westover Group exhibition stand in front of show sponsors, business representatives and members of the public.
To continue opening celebrations, visitors to the Quay this evening enjoyed a spectacular fireworks display at dusk, sponsored by Sibbett Gregory, which will kick-start a full weekend of entertainment.
Organised and operated by Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC), the second Poole Harbour Boat Show in association with Sunseeker takes place on Poole Quay and at the award-winning Poole Quay Boat Haven. The show opens to the public at 10am on Saturday and Sunday and concludes on both days at 6pm.
As well as a wide variety of marine businesses showcasing their products and services, such as chandleries and boat manufacturers as well as clothing companies and marine insurers, there is plenty of entertainment providing family fun.
Face painting and children’s rides (charged for) will be operating throughout the weekend and live music will be scheduled from noon on both days on the ‘Sunseeker Sessions – Great British Performance’ stage. Bands performing include The Mighty Trumpet Company, Bonsai Pirates, Harry Hammersmith & the Flyovers, and the Sunseeker Renegades.
The Pelican of London tall ship will be moored alongside the quay during the weekend and will be accessible for the public between 12pm and 4pm. The Queen Galadriel will also be open to the public throughout the weekend.
A variety of waterborne demonstrations will also be taking place on both days:
10:15 – Junior RIB Slalom
11:00 and 14:00 – Quadski and Humdinga demonstrations (amphibious sports car and 4x4)
12:00 - Poole Harbour Commissioners’ tug and pilot boat demonstration
12:30 - Dinghy Racing
13:15 and 15:00 - RNLI rescue demonstrations
16:00 – Poole Gig rowing club
10:00 until 16:30 – sailing taster sessions will be on offer free of charge to the public from Poole Quay Boat Haven
Jim Stewart, chief executive at Poole Harbour Commissioners, says: “After significant work to pull the event together we are extremely excited to see Poole Quay and the award-winning Poole Quay Boat Haven transformed into a free showcase for sports boats, RIBs, chandlery products, clothing, watersports accessories, on-the-water demonstrations and live music.
“We have many people to acknowledge, none more so than our generous sponsors Bates Wharf Marine Sales, British Marine Wessex, Coleman Insurance, Conker Spirit, Elite Signs, law firm Humphries Kirk, MS Amlin, PKF Francis Clark with Princecroft Willis, PSP Logistics, Sibbett Gregory, Sunseeker and the Westover Group as well as our media partners the Bournemouth Daily Echo and Wave 105.”