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2022 Facts & Figures

The 20th edition of boatica Cape Town, previously known as the Cape Town International Boat was held 28 - 30 October 2022 at the V&A waterfront. The Boat Show brought together 5646 visitors, sophisticated exhibiting companies, 80+ boats over the 3-days and once in a lifetime Ultimate Yacht Experience on the Ocean Princess.

On Friday 28 October, Michael Dehn, managing director of Messe Frankfurt South Africa alongside Alderman James Vos, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth officially opened the rebranded show.  The show is now officially called boatica Cape Town, taking place October 2023 at the V&A Waterfront. 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 2022 boatica Cape Town Show a success.

Get in contact with one of our team members below to secure your 2023 space at boatica.

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What was said about the 2022 show

“Being our first time, overall it was great . Thank you for all the help! Let's do this again next year”.

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“We've had 3 great days of people constantly streaming through the boat with very positive feedback”

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“It's been fantastic, really good to reconnect with everybody and great for business as we've made lots of new connections”.

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“Great show, very busy, lots of people visiting our stand.”

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Interactive on-water experiences

The 20th edition of the boatica Cape Town, previously known as the Cape Town International Boat Show featured even more live demonstrations, from efoiling, the Ultimate Yacht Experience on the Ocean Princess, remote controlled Ragatta and a very energetic dragon boat race across the Marina and the Great optimist race..

Dragon Boat Race

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Dragon Boat racing is an energetic, colourful and exciting team sport with ancient Chinese cultural traditions. This year we had six teams participating including Mujaji - named after a dragon that is said to look like a great feathered serpent and lives on Table Mountain (Xhosa folklore), Amabelle Belles - part of an international movement of dragon boat racing among breast cancer survivors as well as the Paddlesnappers, Dragon Warriors amongst others.

Efoiling Lessons

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Some magic was brought to the show when the eFoiling Cape Town school was run from the marina during the event. Giving visitors the opportunity to experience this new sensation! Instructors showed off their skills flying above the water, showing the freedom of flight. Efoils can reach a maximum speed of 55 kmph, have a range of 40km and a maximum duration of 2 hours. This interactive display was a highlight of the show.

Great Optimist Race


The Great Optimist Race in conjunction with boatica Cape Town aimed at raising funds for disadvantaged children across the Western Cape set off on a tricky one-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. Representing Ullman Sails was Hamilton Slater who won this years race and took all the glory.

Remote Controlled Regatta

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Once again, boatica Cape Town 2022 hosted the Cape Radio Yachting Club and their Cape DF95 class radio controlled yachts. A fleet of 10 yachts raced in a series of regattas offering visitors young and old a wonderful spectacle in the Marina. 

The Ultimate Yacht Experience

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The Ultimate Yacht Experience was where visitors experienced a 2-hour luxury sail to Camps Bay and back on board a luxurious yacht, with snacks and refreshments available during the cruise.

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