Bumper Melbourne Club Marine Sail Boat Show A brand new multi-million dollar clubhouse, increased attendance and a seafood festival are just some of the tantalisers that will make the 2009 Club Marine Sail Boat Show, to be held over the weekend of 14-15 November at Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC), one of the most talked about Boat Shows in years. One of the best boutique sail-only shows in the country, the only dedicated sail boat show in Melbourne will feature a new format to go match the new clubhouse and waterfront facility. It will also be one of the first major events to take place at the new Club, which officially opens in early October. As SYC CEO Richard Hewett commented: “We had over 2,200 people visit our new clubhouse over the course of our soft opening weekend alone and if that’s anything to go by, the Club Marine Boat Show will be a boomer.” Set right on the waters-edge of Port Phillip, the Show will give visitors the unique opportunity to step aboard all the boats on display via SYC’s floating marina and to go for a test sail – too easy. Adults and youngsters alike can take to the water in the free “Try Sailing” lessons supervised by professional instructors. All of this without having to walk miles. Honorary membership All exhibitors will receive honorary membership to the SYC over the weekend of the Sail Boat Show, entitling them to full membership benefits and access in the new Clubhouse. Exhibitors are welcome to sign in their partners and children and make a weekend of it. VIP treatment for exhibitors and others Exhibitors will receive complimentary drinks at the end of each day of the Show and SYC will “shout” exhibitors a pre-Show opening drink on Friday evening. Club Marine policy holders, SYC members and Yachting Australia Silver card holders will also receive free entry to the Show – yes, free entry. As an added incentive, to celebrate the return of the Show to SYC, admission prices will remain unchanged from previous years: $5 for adults, $2 children and under 8’s are free of charge. Exhibitors keep coming back Peter Dowdney, the International Sales Manager for Ronstan International Pty Ltd says: “Ronstan is extremely excited to see that the Club Marine Sail boat show is returning to its traditional home at the amazing new Sandringham Yacht Club.” This show promises to be an awesome event and one that should not be missed by anyone who has even the slightest interest in sailing. “The public will be able to come and see the very latest in exciting and innovative marine products, speak to knowledgeable and enthusiastic exhibitors, crawl all over a great selection of the latest sail boat releases for 2009 and even go out and get their bums wet if they feel that way inclined! On top of this, there will be a host of fun, nautical related activities, demonstrations, culinary sensations and live entertainment; all housed in the most spectacular venue on Port Phillip Bay.”. Dowdney, a sailor of repute with a long history in the marine industry says: “I encourage all members of the sailing community to join with us in making the Club Marine Sail Boat Show the most successful event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.” “The Melbourne Sail Boat Show is always well organised and well attended. It is the only show we attend that attracts a real yachting crowd from all over Victoria. Being held at the start of the summer sailing season within the new facilities at Sandringham, we are looking forward to a successful show,” says Sundance Yacht Sales’ David Beck. Patron of the Show, legendary award winning yachtsman and long-time SYC member Lou Abrahams, is also looking forward to taking in the Show. With space starting to fill, exhibitors should book quickly so as not to miss out on what will be a ground-breaking Show. Seafood Festival For the first time ever, cuisines representing four nations will be on offer at the Club Marine Sail Boat Show, where visitors can chill out and take in the views from the SYC’s new restaurant and deck. The views are spectacular. From Australia, succulent ooysters from four regions served in four different styles and classic Aussie style fish and chips. Lovers of Japanese food will have a selection of sushi, sashimi and okonomiyaki. Those with a taste for Spain will enjoy such delights as seafood paella. Thai food lovers don’t miss out either; classics such as Tom Yum, Pad Thai and of course Thai fish cakes, will all be on offer. Bart Beek, the celebrated Club Marine chef, will give cooking demonstrations. Be there and enjoy the fruits of his labour. Art with a difference Another first, Victoria’s Artful Dodgers, a group of artists with a difference, will stage a nautical art show in the SYC’s new training auditorium, with more than 50 individual water themed paintings and sculptures Totally devoted to sailing fanatics, this is a Show the whole family can take pleasure in. Easy to get to and easy to park – just a short stroll to the Club - the Show is again supported by Club Marine and Bayside City Council. It is expected to attract over 10,000 visitors. For die-hards and novices alike, a wealth of information with professional advice will be on hand to help visitors choose the right products and the activities that best suit their interest and lifestyle - all in one location. Family Entertainment There will be lots for the entire family to partake; live entertainment and kids' entertainment and a wide range of catering options. Exhibits - On-water, hardstand and off the beach display areas that will accommodate more than 100 individual exhibitor displays from around the country. A full range of monohulls, keelboats, dinghies, catamarans, trailable yachts and more will be on display. Boat Show Alley - At the new clubhouse, view more than 60 trade displays, including the latest designs and technical advances in engines, life jackets, spars, paint, propellers, ropes, sails, winches and much more… Event information: 2009 Club Marine Sail Boat Show November 14 & 15 from 10am - 5pm Sandringham Yacht Club, Jetty Rd, Sandringham (Melways 76E8) For details on exhibiting or visiting the Show please contact Liz McCormack or Richard Hewett Sandringham Yacht Club, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (03) 9598 7444 For further details on the Club Marine Sail Boat Show, visit the official website at: http://www.sailboatshow.com.au/about-2009/ Di Pearson, SYC media For high res copies of images, please contact Liz McCormack: Email: email@example.com or phone: 03-9598 7444.