The Poole Harbour Boat Show, in association with Sunseeker, has come to an end for a second year with thousands of people flocking to Poole Quay and Poole Quay Boat Haven.
Over the three days, visitors descended to the free event to check out the latest sports boats, RIBs, chandlery products, clothing and watersports accessories, with big names including Sunseeker, Princess, Beneteau, Bayliner and Windy.
Organised by the team at Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) and the award-winning Poole Quay Boat Haven, former British rower and five-time Olympic gold medallist, Sir Steven Redgrave CBE, officially opened the event on the Westover Group exhibition stand in front of show sponsors, business representatives and members of the public.
To continue opening celebrations, a spectacular fireworks display sponsored by Sibbett Gregory lit up the sky on the Friday evening, kicking off a full weekend of entertainment which included a variety of on-the-water displays, tall ships and live music on the ‘Sunseeker Sessions – Great British Performance’ stage.
Chief executive of PHC, Jim Stewart said: “Last year’s show received such a lot of positive attention that it became clear that Poole Harbour needs a dedicated annual boat show. This year we held the event over three days, and despite the wet weather on the Saturday, we still welcomed several thousands of visitors and with significant boat sales reported.
“The event wouldn’t be possible without our show sponsors and media partners, and we wish to extend our thanks to 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, Westover Group, Bournemouth Daily Echo and Wave 105.
“We will sit down and review the format of this year’s show and work towards improving next year’s Poole Harbour Boat Show which will take place during European Maritime Day.”
Next year’s Poole Harbour Boat Show, in association with Sunseeker, will be held from 19th - 21st May 2017 and will incorporate the prestigious European Maritime Day.