Black guy on a luxurious boat bow

Visit in 2024

boatica Cape Town is set to continue its legacy as the international boat show and luxury lifestyle event on the African continent in October 2024 at the V&A Waterfront.

Interactive on-water activities


Dragon Boat Race

The Great Optimist Race

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

Foiling Demonstration

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.

The Great Optimist Race

The 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.

Ultimate Yacht Experience

The Great Optimist Race

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.

Your Boatica Cape Town Marketing Contacts

Neil Piper

Head of Digital Marketing and Content

Melissa Bender

Zinhle Dlamini

Marketing Manager

Amanda Dube

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