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06.02.2017

Winds of Change Blowing on Windy Day

The Helsinki International Boat Show, Vene 17 Båt, is organised at Messukeskus Helsinki 10-19 February. This year the weekday evenings are packed with themed programme. On Wednesday the 15th of February the theme is Windy Day and real wind conditions are created to the Uusi Aalto WaterExpo area. The Sailing harbour stage dedicates one day for boat cruising and the Loki café brings history back to life.

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 €.

Real wind in the Uusi Aalto WaterExpo

Real wind is created to the Uusi Aalto WaterExpo area which enables testing and demonstrating new types of water sports. Especially hard winds blow on the Windy Day. New sports displayed in the area are windsurfing, wind SUP and Hobie kayak sailing. Visitors also get a change to test these sports. On Wednesday visitors will also get a glimpse of RC sailing and a competition is held for radio controlled Dragon Force 65 sailboats at 3 pm and 6 pm. The Helsingfors Segelsällskap HSS Yacht Club introduces their programme for junior sailors and sailing with Open Bic dinghies.

Foiling boats and sailing stories

Sailing World presents foiling and foiling boats and also different types of speedboats and other vessels are introduced in the area. On Windy Day their amazing sailing stories are shared by, for example, Matti Eino Lappalainen who sailed around the world solo, and Kalevi Westersund who sailed around the Gulf of Riga. Ilkka Liukkonen is at the fair to talk about Fennoscandia Round 2016. Also the Finnish Meteorological Institute gives a presentation about storms in Finland.

Glimpse from the Age of Enlightenment and Captain's log

Captain Arnkihl sailed over two hundred years ago with the Viapori archipelago fleet being in charge of the archipelago frigate. Captain will tell amazing stories about the Gibraltar of the North, a.k.a. the Viapori Fortress, and the adventures of the newest frigate Diana. The presentation takes listeners on a journey to Suomenlinna and the history of the archipelago fleet. Captain Arnkihl is played by Jani Tihinen and the presentation takes place in the Loki café.

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 a range 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 www.venemessut.fi

Tickets:
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,

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