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The HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show will be held in the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition
Centre from Tuesday 4 to Sunday 9 March 2008. Present and future watersports
enthusiasts can count on finding an extremely varied range of boats, nautical
articles and activities at the show. A new feature this year is free admission for
young people under the age of 17. The aim is to acquaint young people with the
event and all the different kinds of watersports. For this purpose the organisers
are cooperating with the Dutch Water Sports Association and the CWO (the
Central Commission for Watersports Courses) to lay on an attractive programme
of events for young people in and around the Water Fun Zone. For fans of the
Volvo Ocean Race 2008/2009 a visit to the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show will be a
good way of finding out all the latest news about the preparations for this extreme
round-the-world sailing race.

Free admission for young people
To enable young people to experience the attractions of watersports, people under the
age of 17 (i.e. up to and including the age of 16) are to have free admission to the
HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2008. They can order a ticket online before the show or
from the ticket offices during the show. Free admission to the show is conditional on
their producing valid identification showing their age. ‘This initiative is designed to
encourage parents to bring their children along to the show,’ says Joke Ekelschot of
Amsterdam RAI. ‘We have even made arrangements for the very smallest of our visitors
by laying on free professional child care facilities during the weekend for children aged 0
to 8 years. We hope in this way to bring watersports more to the attention of young

Water Fun Zone
There’s no chance young people will get bored at this year’s HISWA Amsterdam Boat
Show. In the pool of the Water Fun Zone they can learn to sail in Optimisten, Open Bics
or RS Fevas. Or they can get rowing or canoeing lessons and take part in bungee
rowing competitions. And they can try their hand at sailing radio-controlled model boats.
Watching young top-class sailors giving demonstrations of gennaker sailing, capsizing
and righting boats, tacking and gybing will attract many young people to sailing. Visitors
will also be able to try out rowing, canoe polo, wakeboarding and windsurfing. The Dutch
Water Sports Association is providing professional supervision and guidance, in
collaboration with the CWO, the KNRB (Rowing Association), the NKB (Canoeing
Association) and NWWB (Waterskiing & Wakeboarding Association).

Virtual watersports
A feature that will undoubtedly appeal not only to young people but also to adult visitors
is the HISWA Virtual Experience. One of the stands in exhibition hall 7 is fitted out with
some spectacular simulators where virtual sailing, surfing, canoeing and rowing are
possible. Visitors can also test their sporting abilities and competitive drive on various
computer games and consoles, for example by surfing on a board over the waves of
Hawaii or racing a speedboat through Amsterdam’s canals. During the virtual rowing the
physical effort is measured: various rowing races will be held using six rowing machines

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Volvo Ocean Race Experience
One of the themes of the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2008 will be the Volvo Ocean
Race 2008/2009. Visitors will be able to get an idea of this extremely demanding round-
the-world sailing race in advance. Volvo is presenting the definite race route in a stand
of no less than 400 m2. Its spectacular simulator will also give visitors the opportunity to
experience for themselves what it is like to sail a VO70. And enthusiasts can test their
strength by taking part in a winching contest.

Clear layout
As at the previous edition of the show the organisers have made every effort to place
the boats of each category together. The large yachts are moored at the jetty in hall 1,
so that the public can get a good look at them and get aboard them without difficulty.
Throughout the other exhibition halls is a wide range of launches and weekenders, sport
boats, rubber boats, sailing dinghies, catamarans and auxiliaries. The suppliers to each
watersport category have also been grouped together as far as possible. The 60 new
exhibitors are spread among all these segments.

Motor launch paradise
The range of launches and weekenders has grown substantially again and now
numbers over 80 brand new boats. They include various firsts such as the Antaris
Aperto 800, the NG28 Open weekend cruiser, the Isloep 585, some new models of
Seafury, the Van Speijk 26 Blue and the Vioolsloep Cabin. And there are once again
various European firsts in the larger motor yacht category and the sport boat category.
The firsts announced in the sailing yacht category are the Elan 450, X34, Aloa 28 and
Saffier 26. New models in the sailing dinghy and catamaran category include the minicat
of BBiZZ Adventure in Sports, the RS Q’BA of Aquavitesse, the White Dragon Plus of
Dragon Marine, the VQ24 of Geuzenboats, the Nacra 5705 of Nautical Sports and the
Hobie Tiger of Hobie Cat.

DIY advice
The HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show will also have a lot to interest Do-It-Yourself
enthusiasts. ‘Mijn Boot’ magazine is organising an activities area at the show for the
second time. Forty exhibitors will use their knowledge, technology, materials and
products to give demonstrations of maintenance, refitting, restoration, DIY and
innovation. Visitors can get tips on the best way of maintaining their boat and also
receive personal advice from professional yacht builders and restorers.

Starting shot for the sailing season
With over 350 exhibitors, some 500 boats and thousands of nautical accessories, the
HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show is for many people the ideal preparation for the new
sailing season. Everything for on and around the water, from the smallest accessory to
the largest new boat, is on display at the Benelux’s largest watersports show. A visit to
the HISWA is also certainly worthwhile for those who do not have immediate plans for
purchases. They can, for example, obtain information about sailing and boats, test
technical equipment, get advice from experts and see the latest product developments
in the watersports sector. And, naturally, the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show has served
for many years as a convivial meeting place for watersports enthusiasts.

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HISWA Boat of the Year 2008
Which sailing boat and which motorboat will shortly be entitled to carry the honorary title
of Boat of the Year 2008? Six boats are in the race for the final victory. The result will be
announced on the first day of the show.

Sailing boat category:
* Dehler 34 - Monnickendam
* Ranger 9.9 - Grou
* Sunbeam 34 - Almere

Motorboat category:
* Linssen 33.9 - Maasbracht
* Fjord 40 Open - Loosdrecht
* Intercruiser 27 Cabin - Loosdrecht

Online discount and chance to win a rubber boat
Everyone who orders a ticket online before or during the show will have a chance of
winning one of six rubber boats fitted with a Yamaha outboard motor. The e-mail
confirmation which visitors receive after buying an admission ticket on
contains a barcode which they can have scanned at the Yamaha stand. A winner will be
drawn every day at 4.30 p.m.

Practical information about HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2008
Date           : Tuesday 4 to Sunday 9 March 2008
Venue          : Amsterdam RAI, Europa complex (halls 1-7)
Opening hours : Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 March: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
                  Thursday 6 and Friday 7 March:      10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
                  Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March:      10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission charges              At the ticket office     On
Adults:                             € 17                      € 14
Senior citizens (aged 65 and over): € 12                      € 10
Evening ticket (after 6 p.m.):      € 11                      € 10
Children aged 16 and under:         free                      free

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Amsterdam, 7 February 2008

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For more information contact Lucette Bruinsma, T +31 20 5493129, M +31 6 41557343,
E or Josine Crolla, T +31 20 5492209, E

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