29th WIND and WATER Warsaw International Boat Show
The WIND and WATER Warsaw Boat Show, which is the largest event of this kind in this part of Europe, took place on 16-19 March 2017. Already for the 29th time, the Boat Show brought together representatives of the industry as well as water sports and recreation enthusiasts from Poland and abroad. Visitors could admire the most beautiful yachts, luxury motorboats, the fastest water scooters, and modern yachting and motorboat equipment in the Trade Fair and Congress Centre in ul. Marsa, Warsaw.
This year, more than 432 exhibitors from Poland and abroad presented their offers at the Boat Show: over a hundred motorboats and sail yachts, including rubber dinghies, RIBs, jet skis and other vessels, as well as sailing accessories, engines, safety and rescue equipment, navigation equipment and yacht electronics. As usual, there were also many premieres and new products prepared by the exhibitors for the coming season. Producers and distributors of sailing and sports clothing presented their offers as well, while Polish and foreign tourist regions were showcasing their proposals for active recreation – both on water and at the waterside. In addition, the Boat Show promoted tourist water trails, charters, sailing waters, marinas, and interesting places for water sports. As usual, for many of our guests the Boat Show was a good moment to make plans for the coming summer holidays. In total, the Boat Show was visited by 27 634 water sports fans from all around Poland.
The partner of this year’s Boat Show was the magazine “Żagle”. The Boat Show was sponsored by Henri Lloyd. The Strategic Partner was the City of Gdynia – Poland’s Sailing Capital.
Furthermore, the Boat Show included premieres for fans of sailing in peace and quiet, under actual sails: - Antila 24.4 – a tourist yacht of less than 7.5 m in length, ideal for sailing on lakes, by Jacek Daszkiewicz - TES 246 Versus by Tomasz Siwek. The yacht is less than 7.5 m long, so no licence is required, and it’s width does not exceed 2.55 m, which means that it can be transported on public roads - a treat for active sailors – the centreboardless catamaran TopCat X4, easy to handle, designed for sailors of all levels. For the Boat Show, the importer – Topcat Polska – has prepared a special promotional sale offer
From motorboats, houseboats, sail yachts, jet skis and small catamarans to kayaks or canoes and SUP boards – everyone could find something for themselves. Parker Poland presented a number of boats from its fleet. At the Fair, the visitors could see Parker 800, the Pilothouse, Parker 630 Bow Rider, Parker 770 Weekend and Parker 690 DC. Delphia Yachts yacht yard was showcasing its modern RIB with a cabin – Agapi 800, the premiere Platinum 989 as well as Nautika 1150 Voyage, a universal recreation yacht, very popular among our visitors.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
Meetings with famous yachters, water sports celebrities and travellers, reports from regattas, expeditions to distant places, and announcements of future exploits are already a tradition of WIND and WATER. One of the guests of this year’s WIND and WATER was Szymon Kuczyński. Last year, he successfully completed his nearly 16-month long solitary voyage around the world and won the Voyage of the year Award 2016 – the Silver Sextant, as well as the title of 2016 Sailor of the Year awarded by the magazine WIATR. In addition, the visitors had the opportunity to see Maxus 22 – the yacht on which Szymon Kuczyński fought against the elements.
One of the most popular events was the meeting with Laura Dekker – a young Dutch sailor who circumnavigated the globe single-handedly. Laura told us about the most interesting adventures related to her voyage, on which she embarked when she was just fourteen years old. To go on her dream cruise, she first had to overcome the resistance of the Dutch authorities by fighting them in a courtroom, and then deal with social criticism. Already for the second time, we hosted Tom Cunliffe, who is an iconic figure in the English-speaking sailing world – author of a number of books, publications and films, with his own column in the popular sailing magazine “Yachting Monthly”. This time, Tom Cunliffe shared some tips how to become a good skipper.
BOAT SHOW AWARDS
As usual, the programme of the Boat Show included the award ceremonies of the most important awards of the water sports industry. The awards were presented during the Exhibitors Evening by: the Polish Yachting Association, the Polish Chamber of Marine Industry and Water Sports “Polskie Jachty” and the Polish Motorboat and Water Ski Association. We also got to know the winners of the “Friendly Shore” (Przyjazny Brzeg) competition organized together by the Polish Yachting Association (PZŻ) and the Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society (PTTK). On the first day, we learned the results of the seventh edition of the 2017 Leatherman Polish Yacht of the Year Award. A number of producers and importers had entered 42 vessels in this competition, 19 of which were propelled by nature and 23 mechanically propelled. The winners received the statuettes from the special guest – President Bronisław Komorowski.
- Yacht Builder of the Year 2016 – Michał Orych
- Large Sail Yachts (over 7,5 metres long) – Scandinavia 35, entered in the competition by Scandinavia Yachts
- Special Sail Yachts – Lagoon 42, entered in the competition by Dobre Jachty
- Motor Yachts up to 9 metres – Parker/Askeladden 77 Weekend, entered in the competition by Parker Poland
- Motor Yachts over 9 metres – Nautika 1150 Voyage, entered in the competition by Delphia Yachts
- Special Motor Yachts – Leopard 43 PC, entered in the competition by Luxury Sails
Once again, the “Żagle” magazine announced the winners of one of the oldest and most prestigious sailing awards in Poland – the Leonid Teliga Award. In addition, we announced the winners of the five categories of the most important award of the Boat Show:
“Gwoździe Targów” (Highlights of the Fair)
- SMALL SAIL YACHT – Antila 24.4, entered in the competition by Antila Jacht;
- Commendation – TES 246 Versus, entered in the competition by TES Tomasz Siwik.
- LARGE SAIL YACHT – Hornet Exclusive from Yacht Hornet
- SMALL MOTOR YACHT – Regal 26 Express, entered in the competition by Astex Łodzie;
- Commendations – Janmor 700, entered in the competition by Janmor and Viper 243, entered by AtSea
- LARGE MOTOR YACHT – Merry Fisher 895, entered in the competition by Dobre Jachty;
- Commendation – Rio Espero, entered in the competition by Sellite Yachts
- EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES – satellite communicator Garmin InReach, entered in the competition by Garmin Polska;
- Shadow 2MM Ventiprene, a neoprene wet suit entered in the competition by Henri Lloyd;
- KXone Slider 485, a foldable inflatable kayak entered in the competition by Mavest
We also heard the results of the competition for the most attractive stand: the winner was WEBASTO PETEMAR, and two commendations were awarded to TAURUS SEA POWER and POWER BOATS POLAND.