- The Valencia Boat Show will be held in the Marina Real Juan Carlos I in front of the EDEM headquarters and the former Alinghi base.
- A wide range of new boats and two days of sea trials are just some of the highlights of the revamped Valencia Boat Show.
The Valencia Boat Show, celebrating its eighth edition in 2016, will be held this year from October 31st to November 6th with a totally new strategy and concept. Proof of this is the change of location of the event, to be held in the Marina Real Juan Carlos I as in previous editions, but instead of being located around the Veles e Vents building it will be in the Dársena Interior, the inner basin, opposite the former Alinghi base and the headquarters of the EDEM business school and Lanzadera building, the business accelerator that supports entrepreneurial leaders, both founded by Juan Roig, President of Mercadona.
One of the reasons for the change is the large number of boats that will be exibited on the water, offering the possibility of being tested at sea by previous appointment with the shipyard, on October 31st and November 1st. «We needed a large space on the water that allowed for easy manoeuver of the boats present and that was more open and comfortable for exhibitors», said the organizers. In addition, space ashore is also wider and facilitates the distribution of stands in a straight line and at sea level.
The entrance to Valencia Boat Show will be next to Shed No. 2, with a tour that will pass by the headquarters of EDEM, the Lanzadera building and the former Alinghi base, ending beside the old America’s Cup dry-dock. Access to the show will cost 5 euros Monday to Friday, with open days during the weekend.
A rich offer of new boats
Another major change introduced by the new Valencia Boat Show is the presence of major European boatyards such as Azimut, Bavaria, Bénéteau, Hanse or Jeanneau, to name a few. These will be presenting a wide range of new boats including the latest 2016 designs that have just been unveiled at the Cannes boat show. In addition, companies like Helimotor and Staynautica will be exhibiting with a small fleet of Sacs and Starfisher motor boats, amongst others.
The leading marine engine brands such as Volvo Penta, Yanmar, Pasch y Cía or Sole Diésel have also confirmed their presence at the event, as have sailing schools like Dragut Nou or Avante and clubs like the Real Club Náutico de Valencia. Visitors will also be able to find out about the best insurance for their boat with Metrópolis, Yachtsman or El Seguro de mi barco (My Boat’s Insurance), discover the latest trends in nautical fashion with Barcos y Cosas (Boats and Things), the official distributor for Helly Hansen or Siete lunas de mar, as well as buy all kinds of on-board accessories and electronics.
Two days of sea trials
In addition, those interested in testing their boat before buying can make an appointment with the boatyard representative or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and go out to sea to sail on October 31st and November 1st. There are already about fifty boats confirmed for the exhibit afloat.
The Valencia Boat Show will be the last show on the water of the season, and a unique opportunity to become the owner of a new boat that will be available to sail next summer. The Valencia Boat Show will be one of the reactivation agents of nautical usage of the Marina Real Juan Carlos I and will certainly contribute to promoting nautical tourism in the city, which has excellent sailing conditions all year round.