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16.11.2017

NEW WAVE AT THE HELSINKI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW 2018 RENEWED AND FISHING AREA ENLARGED

The Helsinki International Boat Show 2018 has an improved New Wave area and its fishing area has grown. In addition to the New Wave indoor pool, the show area will have two new pools: one for fishing boats and the other for diving. The Yacht Marina will present new stories for entertainment and education and will provide a centralised place for the Boat Show's programmes. The new Gear Market will sell second-hand boating equipment and various companies' factory outlet products. As always, boats will play the leading role at the Boat Show, filling two of the largest halls at the Messukeskus. Equipment and accessories can be found in the other halls, and a more impressive setting than ever is being planned for tourism. The Helsinki International Boat Show 2018 will be held from 9 to 18 February 2018 at Messukeskus Helsinki.

The admission procedures for the 2018 Boat Show have been altered slightly since last year. The first Friday of the event, 9 February, is no longer a Trade Day aimed at professionals only; instead, everyone is welcome to the opening day. The Helsinki Boat Show is open on weekdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and on weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Show will present new boats in all size categories, with areas reserved specifically for wooden boats and mahogany boats. The boats at the Helsinki International Boat Show 2018 will be presented in three different categories: cabin cruisers, day cruisers and outboard motorboats. They will be selected by a Jury comprised of boat magazine journalists. The result of the Guest Harbour of the Year vote will be published on the opening day, 9 February.
A total of 323 companies participated in the Helsinki International Boat Show 2017 and more than 71,000 boat enthusiasts visited it. It is the largest boat industry event in Northern Europe.

Bring your swimsuit!

This year in the New Wave area, we are focusing on comfort and making it easier than ever to try different water sports. At 40 metres long, 15 metres wide and 90 cm deep, the indoor pool in the New Wave area offers fantastic opportunities to try new sports. There will be a comfortable patio with changing rooms along the edge of the pool to serve people who want to try a water sport. New, improved jetties will be built around the pool for watching the international wakeboarding competition and other water activities. Visitors will have an opportunity to try wakeboarding, SUP boarding and canoeing, among others. Close to the New Wave pool there will be a diving pool that visitors can try with diving trainers.

Tourist resorts will be highlighted better than ever at the 2018 Boat Show. In addition to guest harbours and boating resorts, activity holidays will be presented in the new, improved tourism section, located between the New Wave and fishing areas.

New pool in the fishing area

Interest in fishing has grown year after year at the Boat Show. The second hub of the Fishing Hall, alongside the Giant Rapala GuaranteedFish Pool, will be a new pool where exhibitions on fishing boat technology and fishing from boats will be presented. Finnish guidebooks on fishing and the host of the Boat Show, Mikko "Peltsi" Peltola, will offer the audience their very best tips. Real fish will be swimming in the colossal 22,000-litre aquarium and visitors can watch how they react to various fishing styles and lures from the side. There is a lot more about fishing in the programme than in previous years, guaranteed to satisfy even the most avid fisherman.

Great offers at the Gear Market

Visitors to the Boat Show can sell second-hand boating equipment and accessories that are in good condition at the Gear Market. The Gear Market is where good second-hand products are recycled and boating products find new owners. The Market also offers a limited number of factory outlet batches of products provided by the exhibitor companies. Similar markets for second-hand products have been found very effective at other trade shows held at the Messukeskus, such as the MP 18 Motorcycle Show and GoExpo Winter. In our experience, Gear Markets do not reduce the sales of the stands; on the contrary, they may even boost them.

Programme venues at the Sailing Harbour, the Boat Master's Shipyard and the Finnish Sailing and Boating Association's Hall

In the Sailing Harbour, you will have an opportunity to hear about aircraft captain and solo sailor Ari Huusela's plans for the coming Vendée Globe 2020 sailing race. As well as stories about sailing, you will hear tales about motor boating and foiling. The programme for the Sailing Harbour is put together by sailor Samuli Leisti in cooperation with the Boat Show organisers.

The Boat Master's Shipyard is where boats are restored and Boat Show visitors can get advice on boat repairs.

The Finnish Sailing and Boating Association organises events every day throughout the Boat Show. This includes activities relating to national teams, day cruising, boat safety inspections and getting started with boating. The Water Champions area offers activities for children and teenagers.

On Saturday 10 February 2018, the Boat Show presents the ever-popular Wreck Diving Seminar and the Finnish Sailing and Boating Association's Venda Symposium 2018.

New opening hours, Trade Day becomes history

The admission procedures for the 2018 Boat Show have been altered slightly since last year. The first Friday of the event, 9 February, is no longer a Trade Day aimed at professionals only; instead, everyone is welcome to the opening day. The Helsinki Boat Show is open on weekdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and on weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets at the entrance cost €19/€12. When you buy in advance before the Boat Show's opening day from the online store at http://shop.messukeskus.com tickets cost €16/€10.

Messukeskus Helsinki organises the largest boating event in Northern Europe, the Helsinki International Boat Show 2018, commissioned by the Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat, 9-18 February 2018 at the Messukeskus in Helsinki. This will be the 49th year that the Boat Show is organised. In 2018, the Boat Show will highlight the activities of the John Nurminen Foundation by choosing 'Clean Baltic' as its theme. The Boat Show's main partner is Volvo Car Finland Oy Ab.

Opening hours:
Fri 9 Feb 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat-Sun 10-11 Feb 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon-Fri 12-16 Feb 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat-Sun 17-18 Feb 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Further information: Teija Armanto, Communications Officer, tel. +358 50 376 0804,

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