KATOWICE for a change!
Between 4 and 6 November the City of Katowice hosted the first edition of the WIND and WATER Silesian Boat Show. The most beautiful yachts, luxurious motorboats, the fastest jet skis, modern sailing and motor boat equipment – all this was presented at the International Conference Centre, an exceptional facility located in the very heart of Katowice.
The first edition and already a great success!
days the event was visited by 13,620 enthusiasts of water sports from Poland and abroad.
At the WIND and WATER Boat Show in Katowice, all enthusiasts of water sports could find something for themselves. There were lots of new products and premieres, global and domestic alike, and the largest Polish yacht yards were well represented. The yachtyard Galeon held the world premiere of the Galeon 360 FLY. The yachtyard Delphia Yachts, which is the top producer of sailing yachts in Poland and one of the main yachtyards in East-Central Europe, presented three models: the Nautika 1150 Voyage, the 989 Platinum and the Agapi 800. Parker Poland presented the Parker 690 Day Cruiser and the Parker 770 Weekend. Other yachtyards that presented their offers at the Boat Show included: Balt Yacht, Northman, Dalpol, Antila, Mariner Yacht and Eskapader; but there were also numerous importers of foreign boats and yachts: Power Boats Poland, Astex, M&YC, Dobre Jachty, Dedi Marine, Skyboat, Marinero, Yachts & Yachting, and many others. The exhibitors’ offers further included rubber dinghies, RIBs, jet skis, sailing equipment, engines, safety and rescue equipment, navigation equipment and yacht electronics. Producers and distributors of sailing and sports clothing were presenting their offers as well, and tourist regions were showcasing their active leisure opportunities – both on water and at the waterside. The event also promoted tourist water trails, charters, sailing waters, marinas, and interesting places for water sports, including windsurfing and canoeing. By visiting the Boat Show, visitors could already plan their future water adventures for the next year.
Programme of events
The Boat Show included meetings with famous sailors and travellers. One of them was Bartek Czarciński, a 29-year-old sailor from Kalisz, who was forced to end his solo cruise around the world without calling at any ports in early October. At the Boat Show he spoke about the accident his boat, the “Perła”, had suffered, and the rescue operation.
In cooperation with the magazine “Podróże”, we invited the visitors to a cycle of meetings titled “PODRÓŻE na wodzie” (“Voyages on water”), during which Bartek Kaftan spoke about his cruise to the Caribbean, Monika Witkowska about circumnavigating Cape Horn, Hubert Kisiński about his bicycle trip on the Amazon, and Łukasz Długowski about stand up paddle micro-trips.
A visit to the Boat Show was also an excellent opportunity to meet one of the most talented Polish sailors, Piotr Tarnacki, and to see his unique Flying Phantom catamaran, whose construction allows the boat to glide on the boundary between water and air with a maximum speed of 30 knots.
To top it all off, captain Krzysztof Baranowski also shared his experiences.
Awards and distinctions
The Boat Show in Katowice, just as the Warsaw-based edition of this event, included an award ceremony for the Jerzy Fijka Award “Highlights of the WIND and WATER” (“Gwoździe Targów”).
In the category “Sailing Yacht”, the winner was Maxus Evo24, a yacht entered in the competition by the yachyard Northman. In the category “Motor Yacht”, the winner was Galeon 360 Fly, entered by Galeon. And in the category “Rigging and Equipment”, the winner was Mercury Activ Trim, a product entered by Parker Poland.
The editorial staff of the magazine “Żagle” presented the yachts nominated to this year’s edition of “Leatherman Jacht Roku w Polsce” (“Leatherman Yacht of the Year in Poland”), the winners of which will be announced soon.
The partner of the Silesian edition of WIND and WATER is the magazine “Żagle”; the Boat Show is sponsored by Henri Lloyd. The co-host city was Katowice.