Boatica Cape Town

About the 20th edition of the Boat Show

Boatica Cape Town is Africa's largest boating exhibition set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mother City. The event features manufacturers and buyers of luxury boats, accessories, and marine equipment, a once-in-a-lifetime VIP Boat Cruise, 120 exhibiting companies, over 12 live on-water activities, and a luxury lifestyle exhibition for a premium shopping experience.

From sailing competitions to SUP racing, dragon boat racing, kids' activities, and a host of other activities, there is plenty to see and do for the whole family! 

Date: 28-30 October 2022

Venue: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 

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2019 Facts & Figures

The 19th edition of the Cape Town International Boat was held 18-20 October at the V&A waterfront. The Boat Show brought together 7402 visitors, 120 exhibiting companies, 60+ boats over the 3-days and once in a lifetime experience on the Ocean Princess.

On Saturday 20 October, Cape Town International Boat Show launched a rebrand of the show. The show in 2020 will now be called Boatica Cape Town. This exciting new name brings with it increased international exposure, added experiential elements and endless new exhibitor profiles ensuring the boating industry in Southern Africa is elevated to its true potential over the three show days.

We would like to thank all our sponsors and exhibitors who partnered with us to make the 2019 Cape Town International Boat Show a success.

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Interactive on water experiences

The 19th edition of the Cape Town International Boat Show featured even more live demonstrations, from flyboarding, foiling, SUP racing, canoe polo, VIP boat cruise, kids’ activities and a very energetic dragon boat race across the Marina.

Foiling Demonstration

Sixteen-year-old Nathan van Vuuren, who recently finished second in the 32-mile M20 world championship event, along with the Signature Surf foiling team wowed visitors with a demonstration of this extreme sport.

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SUP Experience and Race

Over 50 participants entered the SUP race on Sunday with the top three South African SUPpers in attendance. Guests were also treated to a free SUP experience by SUP Cape Town.

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The Great Optimist Race

The Great Optimist Race in conjunction with The Cape Town international boat show aimed at raising funds for sick and needy children across the Western Cape set off on a tricky three-lap course through the V & A Waterfront in front of thousands of spectators. Competitors ranged from celebrities to captains of industry, and medical survivors, all of whom raced for glory in little optimist boats. It was shark attack survivor, amputee and adaptive surfing champion, Caleb Swanepoel who took the glory.

VIP Experience on the Ocean Princess

96 guests joined us for the ultimate luxury experience on the 60-foot Ocean Princess for the first-time on the southern tip of the African continent for a 1.5hour round trip to Camps Bay.

About the organisers

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Messe Frankfurt: Business model for global business

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair, congress and event organisers with their own exhibition grounds. For some 800 years, we have been bringing people together at our events, both in Frankfurt and throughout the world. Whether with our trade fairs, congresses or other events, with digital or analogue services – everything we do has always been focused on interaction between people. This is something that we have perfected throughout our long history.

With approximately 2,200 employees at 28 locations, we work virtually around the clock and around the globe to further the interests of our customers. Despite the very difficult conditions in 2021, some 1.4 million visitors (2019: 5.1 million) and more than 30,000 (2019: 99.246) exhibiting companies put their trust in the efficiency of our international network the quality of our events and the digital expertise of Messe Frankfurt.

Messe Frankfurt brings together future trends with new technologies, people with markets, and supply with demand. Where different perspectives and industry sectors come together, we create scope for new collaborations, projects and business models.


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We are the proud organiser of the following events: South African Festival of Motoring, Automechanika Johannesburg, Futuroad Expo, AERO South Africa, Boatica Cape Town, Solar Power Africa, and Hobby-X.

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