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Helsinki International Boat Show Celebrating Finland's Centenary

The Helsinki International Boat Show, Vene 17 Båt, is organised 10-19 February at Messukeskus Helsinki and this year the event offers themed programme on the weekday evenings. Monday the 13th of February is dedicated to celebrating Finland's 100 years of independence. In addition to presenting hundreds of new boats, the event displays old wooden boat classics, mahogany boats and former Presidents' boats Kultaranta and Kultaranta II. The theme day sheds light on the history of different boats, historical boating destinations and the tradition of building wooden boats.

On weekdays from Monday to Friday the event is open until 8 pm. The themed evenings offer something for everyone: Monday the 13th of February is dedicated to honouring Finland's 100 years of independence. Tuesday the 14th of February is Valentine's Day when programme is tailored for lovely ladies. Wednesday the 15th of February is Windy Day and Thursday the 16th of February offers special programme for fishermen. After 5 pm the tickets are only 13 €.

One of the event's photograph exhibitions is Horisontti Suomi 100 jubilee exhibition. It is a tribute to the independent Finland's archipelago, its nature and culture, and sailing. The works displayed in the Southern Entrance lobby can also be bought.

Presidential boats restored

Finland's first Presidents Ståhlberg, Relander and Kallio have used the boats Kultaranta and Kultaranta II in the presidential summer residence Kultaranta in Naantali. Built at the Andos woodwork shop in Turku, boat Kultaranta was discovered a few years ago in poor condition. Ismo Postareff has done an amazing job bringing this historical piece into life. Kultaranta II was crafted at the Wilenius dockyard in Porvoo in 1928. It has been restored by Andersson woodworking shop, and the work was commissioned by Aatos Erkko. Now the restored boat belongs to the collections of the Maritime Museum of Finland located in Kotka.

Last year a boat wreck int. 5.5 Skylark built for the 1952 Olympics was introduced at the fair. It was found in Sweden but originally built in a dockyard in Turku, Finland, for Gilbert von Rettig. Now this boat has been completely restored and is on display. Another restored gem on the stand is Swedish classic Forslund from the 1950's.

On Monday the 13th of February at 6 pm Risto Salmia from the Mahogany Yachting Society gives more details on the backgrounds of the historical boats on display.

Wooden boats and their makers, outboard motorboat from 100 years ago

Eleven magnificent wooden boats in addition to sailboats and dinghies are displayed on the joint stand of the Finnish Association of Wooden Boat Builders. The boats are new models or restored classics from seven dockyards. Also boat building professionals are on the stand to answer the visitors' questions. The Outboard Motorboat Museum brings an at least 100 years old mahogany motorboat to the fair. The boat's origins are unknown and the museum hopes to get some answers to this mystery from the visitors. Also other motors from 100 years ago are on display.

History coming back to life at the Loki café

The docking of ice breaker Tarmo is introduced at the Loki café on Monday at 12 pm and 2 pm. Juha Puustinen, an expert of boats and ships from the Maritime Museum of Finland, will tell about the restoration of the museum ship Tarmo. The Finnish Wooden Boat Centre presents their work in treasuring the legacy of Finnish wooden boats at 1 pm and 5.30 pm. The wooden boat traditions of today are discussed at 6 pm by Leena Marsio from the National Board of Antiquities and teacher of wooden boat building, boat specialist Erkki Lönnqvist. One aspect discussed is how Unesco, among other authorities, is doing their share in restoring and promoting this art form and cultural heritage. The John Nurminen Foundation is responsible for compiling the programme of the Loki café.

Finland 100 and Göran Schildt 100

At the same as Finland celebrates its 100 years of independence, also 100 years has elapsed from the birth of Göran Schildt, a vivid depicter of sailing stories and a buff of the Mediterranean cultures whose adventures with sailboat Daphne in the Mediterranean Sea are read worldwide. At noon on Sunday, the 12th of February, his wife and sailing partner Christine Schildt will shed some light into their adventures and tell about their home in Leros, Greece.

Christine and Göran Schildt founded a foundation to strengthen the cultural cooperation between Greece and Finland and to promote the relations of sailing enthusiasts between the Nordic and the Mediterranean countries. A Göran Schildt memorial regatta has been organised already seven times to honour the memory of this active sailor and author. Magnus Lindberg will tell more about the upcoming eight GS regatta that will start this autumn. He will also show some pictures from the huge archives of Göran Schildt. Finnish boat SeaDiana has taken part in the regatta each time and visitors get to hear first-hand experiences from skipper Hannu Rajala. The event is hosted by Leena Tamlander and Jarmo Ratinen.

Summer starts at Vene 17 Båt

The Helsinki International Boat Show is the largest boating event in Northern Europe and it is held at Messukeskus Helsinki 10-19 February. It presents all types of boats from small row boats to luxury yachts, not forgetting motorboats for day cruises or summer cottage use. A vast variety of boating equipment and accessories are an essential part of the fair. Fishing and different types of water sport activities are also showcased and an entirely new theme area is dedicated to boat repair.

Several programme areas offer something for everyone. The Sailing harbour stage has amazing sailing stories from around the world, the Uusi Aalto WaterExpo presents all types of water sport activities, the Rapala Giant Aquarium offers programme for fishermen and the Venemestari Dockyard gives tips on boat repair.
Vene 17 Båt more detailed programme at

Adults 18 €, evening ticket Mon-Thu 13 € after 5pm
Children (7-15), pensioners, conscripts, students 11 €
Family ticket (max 2 adults and children under 16) 39 €
Group ticket (minimum 10 persons) 11 €/person

Opening hours:
Friday 10 Feb 2pm-6pm (admission only with a Trade Day invitation on Friday 10am-2pm)
Sat-Sun 11-12 Feb 10am-6pm
Mon-Fri 13-17 Feb 11am-8pm
Sat 18 Feb 10am-6pm
Sun 19 Feb 10am-5pm

The Helsinki International Boat Show is the biggest boating event in Northern Europe and it is organised by Messukeskus Helsinki 10-19 February 2017. It is commissioned by the Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat. In 2017 the event is organised for the 48th time and the operations of the Finnish Lifeboat Institution are highlighted. The main partner of Vene 17 Båt is Volvo Car Finland Oy Ab.

For more information, please contact: Communications Manager Teija Armanto, Messukeskus Helsinki, tel. +358 50 376 0804,