Germany. Bobby Schenk, global circumnavigator to host Blue Water Seminar at Hamburg Boat Show Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 October 2006
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The hanseboot features an attractive supporting programme giving plenty of first-hand expert information – with six up-to-date “thematic islands”, two specialist symposia, a number of short presentations, and the Blue Water Seminar with Bobby Schenk, the global circumnavigator and author of countless specialist books.

The first of the “thematic islands” is the new “hanseboot CLASSICS”, focusing on the trend towards timeless elegance in yacht design. The new Hall A2 under the Television Tower presents dreamboats – yachts for total delight, with clear, aesthetically pleasing lines, reflecting the elegance of bygone times. They include the stars from well-known builders such as Boesch, and cabin cruisers such as the Kiel Classic and the Grand Azur. And a classic show like this naturally includes traditional sailing boats such as the different sizes of cruising dinghy. And the “Friends of Classic Yachts” are ready to answer all the questions on restored sailing yachts at the “hanseboot CLASSICS”. There will also be two typical Hamburg “chug-chug”

boats on show. One of them, the H2Yacht, is fitted with a fuel cell system, powered by hydrogen. A unique combination of tradition and innovation.

The hanseboot LIVEDECK on the upper floor of Hall 2 invites visitors to a very special experience on the deck of a yacht. This is the first time at a boat show where visitors can try for themselves authentic conditions on board – for example to test the latest watersports clothing under “severe weather conditions”. Visitors can stand at the helm of a 40 foot yacht model, which even moves a little in wind and waves, they can work the winches and find out for themselves how the clothing performs under a mixture of water and wind created by two wind machines, simulating severe weather conditions on board. This spectacular activity is complemented by sailwear provided by various exhibitors, for trials and tests on the “hanseboot LIVEDECK”.

There is concentrated expertise for hanseboot visitors in the many brief practical presentations by the German Boat and Ship Building Association

(DBSV) in its special show in Hall 12. Each day, every hour on the hour starting at 11.00am, these presentations will cover topics such as consumer protection, yacht electrics, retrofitting teak decks to yachts, and hull refurbishment.

There are plenty of experts at hanseboot to answer questions – alongside the popular Blue Water Seminar by Bobby Schenk, there are experts available at the “hanseboot CHARTER CONSULTING” for all questions concerned with the planning of cruises (Hall 11 UF). The trade journalists and writers there will give advice and tips in face-to-face discussions, on the world’s most beautiful cruising areas. For example the writer Sönke Roever is available to answer questions on his book and Baltic cruising; Martin Muth can describe every rock in his favourite cruising area Croatia; and Mareike Guhr has amazing specialist knowledge of the ideal Caribbean moorings. And the charter experts can help in planning for a very first cruise as well – bookings can be made in advance via the website.

Newcomers who want to get off to a really good start in watersports will find the right partner to advise them at the “Dinghy Centre” in Hall 1 (Upper Floor). This meeting point for the dinghy scene features the sailing youth of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein with their “Pirates”, “Teenies” and “Optimists” – the boat classes where children and teens normally get their first hands-on experience of sail and tiller. The dinghies are on show with their sails set, between broad wooden walkways. This is where advanced sailors can meet like-minded enthusiasts, and the class associations make their presentations.

There is a particularly fresh breeze blowing through Hall 7 of the hanseboot. The “hanseboot FREE Beach Lounge” is the highlight in the kite and surfing trend sports scene. The top 15 manufacturers will make their first presentations of product innovations for 2007. Attractions include not only a relaxed beach atmosphere with a chill-out area and a beach bar, but also a varied programme of music, numerous prize competitions and exciting films from the scene. On the Sunday afternoons, for example, there will be screenings of the current cinema surf film “Free as a dog” by Jack McCoy. At 4pm on the first Saturday, 28 October, the assembled Funsport Community will witness a very special world premiere presented by the media partner FREE-Magazin. The whole of Hall 7 is reserved for trend watersports enthusiasts. The exciting mix will includes the latest equipment for diving and, for the first time, the fast beach catamarans such as the Hobie Cat, etc.

A prominent player this year will be the media partner NDR 2. In cooperation with hanseboot they are putting on a huge live concert and absolute highlight on Wednesday 1 November, with two star appearances to guarantee success – the popular rock band “Asher Lane” starting 5.30 p.m., and the Hamburg-based singer/songwriter “Pohlmann” starting 6.45 p.m., well known for titles such as “Wenn jetzt Sommer wär”.

The FISHING FORUM in Hall 1 is the big attraction for all angling enthusiasts, from novice to expert level. It includes the latest fishing tackle and more than 50 fishing boats, and no end of tips from the experts.

“Trolling with and without special equipment” is just one subject in the extensive programme of lectures and equipment presentations. hanseboot has engaged speakers from the well known Media & Fishing Team from Rethem an der Aller. There will also be big-screen presentations of films to warm the heart of any angler. They include a film on the greatest adventure of any sporting fisherman, hunting for blue marlin in the waters around the Cape Verde islands – the ultimate “big game” for fishing enthusiasts.
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