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Cape Town International Boat Show sets sail

Oct 24, 2019

The 19th edition of the Cape Town International Boat was held 19-21 October at the V&A waterfront. The Boat Show brought together 7402 visitors over the 3-days to gather, share, and explore the many facets of the boating and related industries.

On water was a display of 60+ boats, showcasing of some of the latest and best of the best in the African boating industry some of the boats on-water included the Fusion 21, Lagoon 40, Leopard 45, Royal Cape catamarans all the way from Durban, Maverick 440 including a wide range of dingy's.

For anything and everything boating related, visitors could source from a wide range of boating accessories through the marquee exhibition. From engines, GPS Systems, boating insurance brokerage companies, fittings, accessories, components, from leading companies such as Yamaha, Victron Energy, Club Marine Insurance, Garmin SA to name a few.

The lifestyle exhibition, featured both new and established high-end luxury brands associated with the boating lifestyle from holidays offered by Dream Yacht Charters, Yacht Charter Options International, fashion, swimwear, make-up, art & antiques, interior & design by some of the country’s most sought after brands.

For the first-time on the southern tip of the African continent the Boat Show presented a once in a lifetime experience on the Ocean Princess. The offer included a ticket to the boat show, access to the VIP lounge, 1.5-hour round trip to Camps Bay, snacks and refreshments during the cruise.

Visitors were wowed with over 12 interactive experiences such as canoe polo, SUP racing, Dragon Warriors racing in an energetic, colourful ancient Chinese cultural tradition, Sixteen-year-old Nathan van Vuuren, who recently finished second in the 32-mile M20 world championship even, with a demonstration of this extreme sport there was something for all water lover.

For the 2nd time, The Cape Town International Boat show hosted The Great Optimist Race with Greg Bertish on Saturday 20 October, a charity race that aims to teach, skill, and to create a passion while raising funds and awareness. 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.

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, taking place 23-25 October 2020 at the V&A Waterfront.

“Since taking over we are pleased with the success and growth of the boat show and would like to thank all our sponsors, exhibitors who participated as well as all the visitors that attended the show for your support, we hope to see you all back at Boatica Cape Town in 2020”, says Kathryn Frew, Show Director of Boatica Cape Town.

Boatica Cape Town, South Africa’s premier boating and luxury lifestyle event will take place from 23-25 October 2020 at the V&A Waterfront. For more information visit



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