The annual HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show will attract sailing enthusiasts from all over Europe to the Amsterdam RAI complex from 1 to 6 March 2011. With more than 500 boats and thousands of nautical accessories on display, the largest boat show in the Benelux will herald the upcoming season in style. The organisers have expanded the event considerably this year, with many new exhibition themes and activities such as the Sloop Plaza, Harbour Street and Sailing Theatre, as well as, for the first time, professional weather forecasting workshops for visitors.
Ready to go
The HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show represents the undisputed start of the sailing season for all watersport fans. From sailing yachts to speedboats, inboard & outboard engines to maintenance gear, navigation equipment to sailing gear, the exhibition offers comprehensive coverage of all products and services. Many shops will also offer attractive discounts on a range of boating articles exclusively to exhibition visitors.
From Antwerp to the Caribbean
Presentations occupy an important place in the HISWA programme. Familiar topics such as sailing with children, sail trimming, bluewater sailing and sailing in heavy weather will all be covered in the Sailing Theatre. For those interested in how best to deal with the diverse weather forecasts now available, there will be detailed discussions in the free weather forecasting workshops. There is also a new Flanders Pavilion, where visitors will be able to find information about the many sailing areas in Flanders. And the Do-It-Yourself Square will feature various demonstrations that answer the technical questions frequently asked by those sailors who like to carry out small repairs and installations themselves.
Water skiing or powerboat racing on site
Actual watersports will also be represented in several ways at the show. In the Water Fun Zone, a large pool with wind turbines and cables will enable young people to try sailing, surfing, water skiing and kneeboarding for themselves. Those who prefer not to get their suit wet should definitely have a look at the new Powerboat Zone, where an extensive range of racing speedboats from different classes will show the dizzying speeds possible on the water.
Striking world premieres and a huge range of boats
HISWA 2011 will feature more than 500 different boats, covering everything from fast speedboats to comfortable launches and luxury motoryachts, from dynamic deck saloon yachts to fast open sailboats. Renowned companies and brands, as well as notable newcomers, will showcase their flagship products and debuts from their collection. World premieres will include the new Favorite 1400 from Mulder Shipyard and the VanDutch 30, sister-ship to the popular VanDutch 40. And there will be many more businesses taking the opportunity to unveil their latest products to the public in Amsterdam. There will be new models on display from Bénéteau, Dehler, Catalina, Winner, Quicksilver, Cobalt and ZAR, as well as a number of new launches such as the Grand Coast 840 XTender from Damarin, the Outlaw 999, the Maril 650, the Enkhuizen 630 and the Yburg 650.
New products in the Innovation Square
The new Innovation Square will present a selection of most of the new products on display at the show. Some will be nominated by a jury for the HISWA Innovation Award, and the nominees for the HISWA Motorboat of the Year and HISWA Sailboat of the Year will also be on display. The winners of these prestigious prizes will be announced at the official opening of HISWA 2011 on Tuesday 1 March.
Official handover of the Future Vision for Water Recreation 2025 report The growing interest in water recreation in the Netherlands requires further development and utilisation of the country’s unique facilities in this field. This in turn demands a strong vision and a sector that works together in a motivated and inspired way. Such a vision has been developed by the water recreation sector in the form of the HISWA Association, the ANWB (Royal Dutch Touring Club), the Watersportverbond (Royal Netherlands Yachting Union), the Dutch Platform for Water Recreation, and Sportvisserij Nederland (the Dutch association for recreational fishing). The development of the vision was facilitated by the Stichting Recreatietoervaart Nederland, the national agency responsible for the development of recreation on Dutch inland waterways. The first edition of this vision will be handed over to the State Secretary for the Economy, Innovation and Agriculture, Henk Bleker, during the opening of HISWA 2011. Mr Bleker will also be on hand to mark the opening of the season in an original way.
Free for visitors under 16 years
Visiting the show will be free of charge for young people under 16, providing them with a unique opportunity to learn about boating in places such as the Water Fun Zone. There will also be a discount available to adults: Buying a ticket via www.hiswa.nl will allow visitors to purchase a day return second class train ticket from any NS rail station in the Netherlands to Amsterdam RAI for just € 7.50.
Opening hours of HISWA 2011
Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 March: 10 – 18 h
Thursday 3 and Friday 4 March: 10 – 22 h
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March: 10 – 18 h
For more information about HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2011 visit www.hiswa.nl