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What to see at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

FROM superyachts and supercars, to live entertainment and cooking demonstrations, interactive Kids’ Zones and a fishing tournament with a massive prize package, the 2018 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show opened today and offers visitors a feast of options to entertain, inform and excite.

For anglers of all skill levels, the popular SCIBS fishing tournament is back again, this year branded the 2018 SCIBS ‘Fly Scoot’ Bream Shootout presented by Shimano. The winner-takes-all event takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, and promises to be great fun for participants and visitors to the Boat Show alike.

For the fourth year in a row, beach, boating and fishing expert Paul Burt returns as official SCIBS ambassador and is patron of the annual fishing competition, with the live weigh-in taking place across the weekend and judging on The Main Stage on the Sunday of SCIBS.

The tournament will be complemented by daily live fishing demonstrations at the Berkley Supertank presented by resident angling experts, Brett Thomson and Michael Cooke.

The spectacular 15 metre long and 3 metre high Perspex-sided giant mobile fish tank harbours a natural habitat and an abundance of tropical fish, with visitors able to learn the tricks of the trade of today’s top anglers on the different types of Berkley lures and how fish react to them.

Over at The Main Stage, Paul Burt will host daily cooking segments showcasing the tastiest ways to prepare seafood, plus a huge program of fantastic entertainment will be on offer across the four days of SCIBS, including Virtual Reality (VR) and interactive experiences, drones for fishing and fun, lessons on rope-tying and talented local live music performers, roving entertainers, cocktail-making classes and more!

The weekend program offers hours of fun for the junior set, with the SCIBS Kids’ Zone featuring plenty to keep the little boaties entertained. Along with a jumping castle and games, there will also be face painting, and roving entertainment, including appearances by the one and only Captain Jack Sparrow.

From an educational standpoint, the Sea World Research and Rescue vessel and its qualified crew will be on hand to inform visitors on how they can play their part and contribute to conservation and protection of our marine life, with sessions on animal rescue onboard ‘Sea World 1′.

The latest in high-tech maritime patrol vessels, the Coast Guard will also be sure to impress, imparting their crucial role in patrolling our coastline for security and safety at sea.

Motorsport fans will be in auto-heaven, with the display from three-time Bathurst winner Tony Longhurst and his BMW GT4 The Boat Works car, which won the 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour race. Drivers Tony Longhurst and Aaron Seton will be meeting visitors and signing autographs on Saturday at The Boat Works stand.

The festival atmosphere will be enhanced by roving entertainers and the award-winning talents of Master Illusionist Matt Hollywood, who will perform his mind-blowing magic act in the Village Theatre on the Friday and Saturday night at SCIBS.

SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser said visitors will also be able to sample and savour the wide selection of pop-up food stalls and the varied dining options throughout The Marine Village across the four-day event.

 “It’s no exaggeration to say there’s something for everyone at SCIBS 2018,” he said.

“Australians love the coastal lifestyle and there will be every facet of boating on display, alongside a lively entertainment schedule with something for all the family.

“We invite visitors to come along and enjoy the wide entertainment and food offering available, and soak up the great atmosphere in The Marine Village.

Further details on how to register for the SCIBS 2018 ‘Fly Scoot’ Bream Shoot Out and T&Cs are available online HERE

For more information to see What’s On Show, or to purchase tickets to SCIBS 2018, click HERE

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