Speed boats, leisure craft and even a European sports car were on show at Sanctuary Cove today, marking the official launch of the 26th annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS).
7 News Weather, Beach, Boating and Fishing expert Paul Burt launched the Boat Show, offering a taste of what to expect when the event rolls around on May 22.
This year’s SCIBS will host more than 250 international and Australian exhibitors showcasing the very latest in international and national boat launches, marine products and trends while offering four days of family fun and entertainment.
Mulpha Sanctuary Cove head of events Johan Hasser said this year’s show brought together an impressive line-up of boating brands including Fairway, Grand Banks, Hanse, Bavaria, Lagoon, Seawind, Ocean Alexander, Meridian, Light Wave, Outer Reef and Kadey-Krogen with tinnies to superyachts and everything in between on show.
Mr Hasser said leading brands such as Maritimo, Horizon Motor Yachts, Riviera and Clipper Motor Yachts were among the big-name brands to sign up.
'SCIBS is not only a major event on the international marine industry calendar but is also a key economic driver for the Gold Coast and Queensland economies. Last year the show injected almost $150 million directly into the city, which is a huge boost for a wide range of local businesses,' he said.
'SCIBS is a focal point for the industry, puts boating enthusiasts in touch with what is new and exciting and gives the general public a great day out at the world-class venue that is Sanctuary Cove.'
Other exhibitors include Palm Beach Motor Yachts, Sunseeker, Multihull Solutions, Lagoon Catamarans, Stefan Boating World, Northside Marine, Queensland Marine Centre and Sirocco.
Following on from its successful debut in 2013, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show team has expanded on its exclusive VIP Lounge concept for this year’s Show.
This year’s VIP pass entitlements include exclusive entry to the comfort of the SCIBS VIP Lounge, VIP parking, food and beverages provided by the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort and plenty of luxury extras courtesy of Mulpha and SCIBS partners.
The 2014 SCIBS entertainment program is jam-packed with plenty of activities to keep boaties and everyone else in the family occupied.
The Channel 7 stage returns with Creek to Coast stars Sally Jenyns and Dean Miller cooking up a storm twice daily, while My Kitchen Rules favourites Paul Bullpit and Blair Tonkin will appear on Saturday and Sunday.
7 News Weather, Beach, Boating and Fishing expert Paul Burt will be on hand to offer some of his helpful and entertaining seafood handling and preparation tips.
Ladies can embark on an afternoon luxury cruise, High Tea on the High Seas, as part of the Women on Water program while the kids can let loose for hours in The Kids Zone with an interactive jumping castle, rock climbing wall and face painting fun.
The Queensland Water Police will be there to showcase operational vessels, including their tactical response boat, jet skis and the 'Brett T Handran' 22 metre catamaran.
World record-breaking rower Andrew Abrahams returns to the show to share his adventures after rowing the 5000 kilometre Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge solo in January.
For those wandering around the Marine Village precinct there will be a host of daily live music acts including various local and national artists as well as roving musicians and artists.
Sponsored by Club Marine and Euromarque Maserati Brisbane, SCIBS 2014 will run from May 22 to 25.
In 2014, SCIBS has partnered with Translink to offer free train travel to and from the Boat Show on all regular Queensland Rail City Network trains when users display a pre-purchased ticket to the event.
Free ‘Park ‘n’ Ride’ services will operate for all self-drive visitors from Helensvale.
The 2014 Boat Show will showcase a wide variety of international boating brands, products and technologies alongside the superb backdrop of the award-winning Sanctuary Cove marina and The Marine Village.
Tickets are on sale now through the SCIBS website and through Ticketmaster. Adult day passes start at $20, with concession passes available for seniors and students. Children under 18 are free. Visit www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com
for more information.
Those making their ticket purchase online prior to May 21 automatically go in the draw to win $5000 to spend at the show.
Marine Village travel centre Cove Travel, in conjunction with SCIBS is offering ticket holders the chance to enjoy a ‘Private Yacht-like Experience’ with an exclusive luxury ten-night cruise aboard the Compagnie Du Ponant to Asia for two people in a superior cabin including all meals and selected wines. Visit covetravel.com.au to enter. For more information on this year’s SCIBS including exhibitor information, holiday packages and entertainment lineup, visit www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com