Summer temperatures, a wide range of boats and yachts, and lots of exciting programme items on shore and on the water. The conditions for this year’s hanseboot ancora boat show were ideal. The 8th In-Water Boat Show came to a successful conclusion on Sunday after three eventful days. The weather was magnificent for the 16,000 visitors who came to the 5-star ancora marina in Neustadt for a fabulous day by the sea. They enjoyed viewing and buying equipment, accessories and services for all aspects of watersports, presented in more than 85 pagoda tents on shore. And they were delighted by the maritime flea market that was held for the first time on the Sunday, in parallel with the Boat Show.
The boats and yachts are of course at the centre of the hanseboot ancora boat show. 163 of them were moored at the boardwalks and piers this year, that is more than ever before,” said Heiko Zimmermann, hanseboot Project Director at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. “I am particularly pleased that the hanseboot ancora boat show is establishing itself more and more as an international in-water boat show, not only thanks to the range of vessels, including multihulls. The visitors were international, too. We had guests not only from Switzerland, the Netherlands and Scandinavia, but also from Russia, Ukraine, Greece and Spain.”
Welcome on board!
The nationwide “Start Boating” campaign was a big crowd puller again this year. It is all about giving people an amazing experience on boats and yachts. It is open to all, giving opportunities to try out an inflatable or a motor boat, a sailing yacht or dinghy, on a taster trip in the amazing setting of the Bay of Lübeck. It was so popular that most of the trips were already booked by midday, putting a smile on the faces of 700 people.
Highlights on the water
European sailing boats and motor boats were presented at the boardwalks and piers by manufacturers and North German dealers, featuring a wide range in various price and size categories. The flags of many well-known European builders and nearly all the big series construction yards such as Bavaria, HanseYachts, Jeanneau, Hallberg-Rassy and X-Yachts were flying over the marina for the three days of the show. The highlights among the 163 sailing and motor boats included the Comfortina 46, which was presented for the first time; and the new central cockpit yacht HR 44 from Hallberg-Rassy, which just recently had its world premiere. First German presentations at hanseboot ancora boat show included the motor yacht Quicksilver 755 Sundeck, and Dutch Sloepen such as the Interboat 6.5.
Cats conquer the North
Multihulls were a major focus of this year’s in-water boat show. They included catamarans from leading European yacht builders such as the new Lagoon 450 Fly and the Modell 47 from Catana, plus the new Nautitech Open 40 from Bavaria. The trimarans from Quorning, Denmark, also attracted a lot of interest, such as the Dragonfly 25 Sport and Dragonfly 28 Performance.
Fun and entertainment with lots of hands-on activities on land and water
Visitors had opportunities to take part in plenty of activities on the presentation stage, the water event space, the harbour and on shore. Fantastic for families with children! Lots of parents took the chance to try out Stand-Up Paddle Surfing with their children in the beach area; kids toured the harbour basin with little motor-powered inflatables, or tried their hand at dinghy sailing in an Optimist. Or they could build small wooden boats, or sew smart-looking canvas bags. Various workshops and expert presentations were available for free on the water event space and activities area, giving easy-to-follow information on leak prevention, safety on board, and firefighting. SUP-Polo was demonstrated by the life-saving association DLRG Eutin in the marina. Some visitors were also bold enough to have a go at this sport. A great many families also took the opportunity to go on board a real search & rescue lifeboat – at the “Open Ship” event on SAR cruiser Hans Hackmack.
The next hanseboot ancora boat show will be held from 25 to 27 May 2018. More information is available at http://www.hanseboot-ancora.de/en/, and at www.facebook.de/hanseboot.
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