The Valencia Boat Show 2018 opens its doors
Thursday, November 1, 2018 6:51 PM
Yesterday at twelve noon saw the inauguration of the tenth edition of the Valencia Boat Show, which will be held until next Sunday in Valencia Marina. The director of the show, Mercedes Gomis, the deputy of Tourism, Pilar Moncho and the director of Valencia Marina, Vicent Llorens, together with the naval commander of Valencia, José Ignacio Villarrubia and the vice president of the Sailing Federation of the Valencian Community, Rafel Xirivella, sounded the horn to announce the beginning of the show, in the purest nautical style.
Throughout the five days of the exhibition, visitors will be able to discover all the novelties in the nautical panorama, with sailing and motor boats, inflatable and semi-rigid boats ranging from 2 to 20 metres in length, with prices between 500 and 1,200,000 euros. The main national and international boatyards are present once again this year at the show, which is the last in the Mediterranean boat show calendar, since in 2016 the show changed its dates to November. This change of dates consolidated the Valencia Boat Show as the show for deciding and for buying, with a great incentive: the possibility of testing the boats before buying them, thanks to the facilities offered by Valencia Marina.
The offer of new boats is completed as every year with marine engines from the main brands in the market, latest generation electronics, sails, rigging, accessories, and nautical services. In addition to all the equipment and services to take to the sea, visitors will find proposals to learn to sail with schools such as Llevant Blau or Oceanic, or to insure their boat with Yachtman, Solana y Mengod or MAPFRE, which is one of the sponsors of the event and presents its renewed insurance for pleasure boats.
The show also has the mooring proposal of Valencia Marina, joint organiser of the Valencia Boat Show and Valencia Mar, the new marina that is being inaugurated as a sponsor of the show. It has also installed a mini beach next to its stand to the delight of visitors to the show. For the best seaside leisure, Valencia Marina’ business association presents Viu La Marina, its joint gastronomy and nautical leisure proposal, and also offers a wide variety of Valencian dishes in the “Del Tros al Plat” plaza, in collaboration with València Turisme.
Inauguration of the Tinglado nº2
Beyond a keen interest in all things nautical, architecture lovers who come to the boat show will be able to admire the Tinglado nº2, an architectural and historical jewel that has been restored to its original stability, recovering its brightness, colour and decorative elements after the complete renovation that has been carried out since last May. The newly inaugurated Tinglado nº2 is hosting the exhibition of electronics and accessories, as well as some of the many catering points of the Valencia Boat Show.
Centre for professional meetings
The Valencia Boat Show is also the epicentre of gatherings and professional meetings for boat owners and sea lovers. The nautical paint company Inter-Wimer held its first technical day yesterday, to be followed by two more next Friday. Yanmar Marine has also scheduled its annual convention of distributors to coincide with the Valencia Boat Show, and the Head of the Guardia Civil Maritime Service, Ignacio Zafra, will offer on Sunday a talk about safety at sea.
The Denia Boat Show has also made the most of the event to showcase its XII edition, which will be dedicated to the nautical profession, under the motto “Un mar de oficios” (A sea of professions). The ceremony was attended by Andrés Ponce, chief of operations of Denia Marina; Lois Zonneveld, coordinator of the Denia Boat Show and the director of the Valencia Boat Show, Mercedes Gomis.
The Valencia Boat Show will open its doors again at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning to celebrate its second day. A large influx of visitors is expected due to the bank holiday and good weather forecast.