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November 26, 2014

Opening Report - BOAT & FUN BERLIN 2014: where Berlin looks forward to summer

Berlin 26 November 2014 – For anyone who enjoys their spare time either in or on the water BOAT & FUN BERLIN 2014 - The Whole World of Boating and Outdoor Sports - is the place to be. On 26 November at 6 p.m. the Berlin boating exhibition opens its doors with the GALA Night of the Boats. From Thursday to Sunday, over a period of four days, more than 700 exhibitors will be displaying their water sports and water tourism products in 12 halls.

In recent years BOAT & FUN BERLIN has attracted a growing number of international exhibitors. In 2014 companies from 15 countries, namely Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and Ukraine, will be exhibiting their products at the Berlin boating exhibition.

Experience the fascination of water sports live!

A wide range of events at BOAT & FUN BERLIN will be offering visitors the chance to take part in, experience and test water sports activities for themselves. Thus, visitors can directly enjoy the fascination of water sports at the special events pool in Hall 26 which, covering 1,000 square metres and featuring a cable system, offers introductory wakeboarding courses. They can also test their coordination and balancing skills doing stand-up paddling, the fastest-growing discipline in water sports. Visitors to Hall 23 can try out diving in a container with built-in windows, and in the pool in Hall 21 they can test the handling qualities of kayaks and canoes In the fly-casting area visitors can practice fly tying and fly-fishing, and those who try out aqua zorbing will be able to ’walk on water without getting wet’.

New: a jetty for keel yachts featuring more seagoing boats

The sailing boat displays at BOAT & FUN BERLIN feature more exhibitors then ever before. This makes it possible to display even more keel yachts in the 30 to 49 foot class. They include a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 439, the largest yacht at the fair, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 33i, a Vilm M 115, the largest cruising yacht at the show, and boats from popular makes such as Elan, Sunbeam and Winner. A second medium-high platform is being built in order to provide berths for the popular day sailer category which is represented in unprecedented numbers. Boats include a Teuton 800 from Nusser Yachtbau, a Saffier Sc 8.0 from Diamond Yachts, a Scangaard 21 from Degerö and two classic boat replicas from Fricke and Dannhus. Visitors to the jetties, which are being set up in cooperation with “YACHT – Europe's largest sailing magazine“, can view the latest sailing boats and yachts as if they were in a harbour. Next to the jetty numerous sailing boats made by international companies and in every price category are being exhibited which, with their folding keels and masts, are specially designed for inland lakes and waterways.

New: Best of Boats Awards

The Best of Boats Awards, also known as the BOB Awards, are the new international awards for motorboats and will be presented on 27 November 2014 for the first time. The 2014 awards are divided into the following categories: Best for Beginners, Best for Family and Best for Fun. Special awards in the Best for Nature category will be presented to the leisure boat entries demonstrating sustainable, resource-saving and environmentally friendly designs. The jury, which is made up of international boat magazine journalists, will also honour the most remarkable boats in 2014 for the main European markets and sailing regions. This prize takes both boat owners and manufacturers into account.

New: ’Manufactum – Hi-tech vs. Handcrafts’

A new display area entitled ’Manufactum – Hi-tech vs. Handcrafts“ is being added to the Classic Boats & Refitting section in Hall 6, thus creating an interactive forum for owners restoring classic yachts and refitting their boats. The area devoted to handcrafts features the following topics: tiller construction and a workshop on gluing parts, a symposium on painting, boat windscreens, laminating foils, refitting steel boats und building dinghies. Experts will be demonstrating their individual techniques to visitors who can then try out their own skills. In addition to the interactive forum clubs and societies are presenting a unique collection of classic sailing boats and motorboats. offering a magical experience of varnish, wood and chrome.

“Give me horsepower!“

For those who get a thrill from high-performance engines powering through the waves, at BOAT & FUN BERLIN a wide range of boats and exhibitors will be on show in the section featuring motorboats and motor yachts. The Berlin boating exhibition is among Europe’s leading exhibitions with a huge selection of small and medium-sized motorboats of up to ten metres in length. More than 500 boats are expected to be on display, including various models debuting on the German, European and world stage. Measuring 12.5 metres in length and costing 500,000 euros, the Galeon 420 Fly is the largest and most expensive yacht being displayed at BOAT & FUN BERLIN (Hall 3, A1).

Wake up Berlin!

In Hall 26 at BOAT & FUN BERLIN will play host to Germany’s best wakeboarders demonstrating spectacular jumps and tricks. As the venue of the fifth event, after Kiel, Munich, Hamburg and Hanover, Berlin represents the final round of the WAKE MASTERS series. The specially constructed 20 by 50 metre pool at BOAT & FUN BERLIN combined with the WAKE MASTERS’ own water skiing facility provides ideal conditions for wakeboarders, allowing them to demonstrate spectacular jumps and to show off their full riding skills. Friday, 28 November promises to be a particularly exciting day and will feature an open training session of the wakeboard elite. The highlight on Saturday, 29 November will be the WAKE MASTERS contest. Those taking part in the WAKE MASTERS series, which was first held in 2009, will compete for valuable points and a place in the rankings of the German Water Ski and Wakeboarding Association (DWWV). In Berlin, the last stop of the tournament, competitors will be able to gain up to 200 valuable points in a bid to secure first place on the podium.

Paddlers ahoi!

The Spreewald, the Mecklenburg lakeland region and the River Oder: all these parts of East Germany offer canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts many opportunities for paddle tours of Europe’s largest region of lakes and inland waterways. This event in Berlin is where all fans of canoeing and kayaking can look forward to the upcoming season of water sports activities. The Canoe and Kayak Discovery World in Hall 21 on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds is being held in cooperation with leading canoe retailers who will be presenting a total of 150 boats, including from Lettmann, Prijon, Point 65 and Tahe Marine. Visitors can try out the handling qualities of the boats in a testing pool.

Who can catch the largest fish?

The Angler World has become an event in its own right at BOAT & FUN BERLIN and has developed into a popular meeting place for anglers as well as an important marketplace. Thus, compared to last year the number of exhibitors has more than doubled. Brandenburg and Berlin alone boast around 76,000 anglers who are registered with 1,400 associations and clubs, and at the Angler World in Hall 22 they can find everything the angling heart desires. In the lecture area, the Anglers’ Forum, leading experts will be explaining the art of getting fish to bite. In the fly-casting area, the casting section and in the drilling simulator fishing enthusiasts will be able to try out their own skills.

Holidays on the water

The chartering section at BOAT & FUN BERLIN has information on sailing and motorboating destinations in places all around Europe. The focus of the Berlin boating exhibition is on the lakes and inland waterways between the North Sea and the Baltic that are situated in Europe's largest water sports region. As well as the region’s major charter companies the boats that one can hire will also be at the event. This year, besides the Netherlands and Croatia, the focus will also be on Poland, which will be represented in unprecedented numbers.

More and more associations and clubs at BOAT & FUN BERLIN

Over the years the number of clubs and associations represented at BOAT & FUN BERLIN has continued to rise steadily. Associations such as Deutsche Segler-Verband e.V. (DSV), which has more than 180,000 members and Deutsche Motoryachtverband e.V. (DMYV), which has around 110,000 members, are both represented. The large membership of these associations underlines the growing importance of BOAT & FUN BERLIN as well as of Europe's largest region of lakes and inland waterways.

You can find all the highlights of the Sailing Boat and Motorboat displays as well as activities for visitors here.

Information on the hall forums (Angler Forum, Sailing Forum) can be found here.

Opening times

26 November 2014: 6 p.m. to 12 midnight

27 - 30 November 2014: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Entrances

North entrance: Hall 21, Masurenallee

South entrance and Hall 25, Jafféstrasse

Admission charges

Day ticket: 11 euros

Reduced day ticket: 5 euros (schoolchildren/students, disabled persons, parties of 15 or more)

Family ticket: 18 euros (2 persons plus children aged up to 14)

2-day ticket: 15 euros (valid on any two days of the fair)

Comeback ticket: 6 euros (can be exchanged for a new ticket at the ticket office)

GALA Night of the Boats: 25 euros

Children under the age of 16 are admitted free of charge to the GALA Night.

Children: children aged under six are admitted to BOAT & FUN BERLIN free of charge.