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13.08.2008

The Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show 21-24. August

The Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show to be held during the period 21-24.08 will once again fully occupy the marina of Helsingfors Segelklubb (HSK) in the capital's suburb of Lauttasaari. Altogether, 60 yachts and 251 smallcraft and motorboats will be on display, moored to five separate jettiesand and on land stands.

Boat accessories, engines and equipment stands will take up all the available space in the land-based exhibition area. Organised at HSK for the eleventh time, the show has tripled the number of exhibits during its existence and overwhelmingly established itself as the nation's most important floating-boat show. It is also the country's most important event for exhibiting sailboats.

The land-based exhibition stands and equipment tents will display over 2500 square meters of marine-industry equipment and services. The number of exhibitors has grown to 154. In 2007, there were altogether 18225 visitors to the show.

The show will be opened officially at 12.00 hours on Thursday 21.8 by Mauri Pekkarinen, minister of Economic Affairs.

In addition to boat and equipment displays, the show will feature many peripheral events. These include the already familiar displays by Helsinki Harbour Police, the Gulf of Finland division of the Finnish Coastguard, and the Finnish Lifeboat Association. The Yacht Club HSK will organise a sailing school for children during the weekend. For the 8th time, the previously very well received test drives will again be organised by Kippari magazine. During the show the public will have an opportunity to test drive some of the motorboats on display.

The Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show can easily be reached by public transport (City buses 21V, and 65X). On Saturday, there is free bus service available, departing at 20-minute intervals and on Sunday at half-hour intervals from the front of the Kiasma Museum of Modern Art in the centre of Helsinki between 9.30 and 17.00. Buses back to the city centre from Lauttasaari at 11.00-18.00. At the weekend you are advised to leave your car in the Eliel car park at Helsinki's railway station square (Rautatientori) and take advantage of the free bus service to the boat show. Arriving to the boat show by own boat is unfortunately not possible as all the boat berths are reserved for the boat show. There is a parking area to the south of the show area, where parking costs 3 euro. The parking area is run by sea scouts "Vikingarna".

Dogs are also welcome to the boat show, but they must be kept on lead at all times.

It is forbidden to take baby carriages to the exhibition jetties. There is a guarded parking place for carriages in the show area.

Opening times are as follows: Thursday and Friday (21-22.08) from 12.00 to 20.00 hours, and on Saturday and Sunday (23-24.08) from 10.00 to 18.00 hours. Ticket sales will cease half an hour before the show closes. Entrance fees: adults EUR 10, children (7-16 yrs) EUR 2. Free admission for children under 7 when accompanied by their parents.

Show organiser: The Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat ry
Käenkuja 8 A 47, 00500 Helsinki. Tel. +358 9 696 2160, fax +358 9 696 21 611
www.finnboat.fi

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