Sydney International Boat show – now on!

The Sydney International Boat Show is now on and runs through until August 2.

All signs are pointing to a better than expected event for 2010. NSW BIA marketing and events manager Domenic Genua has said both the inside halls and outside marina is now fully booked with the BIA expecting a strong visitor turnout.

Below is a brief rundown of what’s on at this year’s show…

Nautilus Fishing Clinic

With more than half of the Boat Show’s audience having an interest in fishing, it is easy to understand why the Fishing Clinic is so popular. Designed to educate and inform visitors about better fishing techniques, the clinic will run non-stop during the show. Featuring a line up of some of Australia’s well known fishing experts and identities, the clinic will be a haven of information for anyone with a passion, or even a mild interest in the sport.

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Marine Precinct

The Marine Precinct will be a one stop education and information area for visitors looking for any form of boating assistance. The area will include information booths from Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Water Police, Marine Parks, Surf Life Saving, Westpac Lifesaver Service, A.M.S.A., The Australian Hydrographic Office and Fisheries.

Also featuring in this year’s Marine Precinct will be the new Youth Boating Information Centre. Visitors to this area will be given information and guidance on how to be water wise, better understand boating safety and how they too can participate in the recreational boating lifestyle.

Jessica Watson

Show organisers have have confirmed that solo sailor Jessica Watson, who, just in case you hadn’t heard, circumnavigated the world by sail in less than eight months, will appear in the Better Boating Lounge.

Boat Building Competition

The Shipwrights and Boat builders Associations annual Boat Building Competition has become a tradition that both the industry and visiting public look forward to. Take teams of two shipwrights, give them limited tools and materials and set them the task of building a boat in two hours. The competition, whilst mostly light hearted, can be quite fierce.

Photo Competition

With the success of the Photo competition last year, it will again return allowing boaties to share their photos with visitors to the show with the opportunity to win prizes for those images selected as being the best by our panel of experts as well as the visiting public.

Fashion Parades

With Fashions continuously changing, the Musto Fashion Parades will show visitors the latest gear both in leisure, swimwear and technical clothing. The fashion parades will run from both the Better Boating Lounge and the Nautilus Fishing Clinic.

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The 2010 Sydney International Boat Show opens the doors at 10am on Thursday, July 29.

Both the halls and the Cockle Bay Marina will open at 10am on each of the five days, but closing times vary; the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre’s halls close at 8pm, but activities cease on the marina at 6pm.

Pics from Day 2 of the show:

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For more information contact the BIA of NSW on (02) 9438-2077 or visit the website at:

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