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• Sydney International Boat Show • 2 to 6 August 2018 • Sydney International Boat Show • 2 to 6 August 2018 •
DATES & TIMES
Thursday 2 -- Monday 6 August
Halls: 10am to 7pm
Marina: 10am to 7pm
To purchase tickets online go to
Adult: $22 (3-day Pass $40)
Children 6-17: $13 ; (under 6 Free)
Pensioner: $16 Seniors: $20
Inspiring, stimulating and motivating
individuals call the Sydney International
Boat Show home this year, as solo ocean
rower Michelle Lee, Antarctic circumnavigator
Lisa Blair and World Water Speed Record holder
Ken Warby join the show at the International
Convention Centre Sydney.
While most of us enjoy a sedate day out on
the water, others take hold of the opportunity
with both hands and give it a darn good shake.
First Aussie woman to row
solo across the Atlantic
Michelle Lee's challenge is to become the
first Australian woman to row 5,000kms solo
across the Atlantic Ocean. It's an inspiring goal,
and one which is taking as much resilience to
get to the starting line as it will be for Michelle
to finish. Each week, Michelle takes her nearly
8m boat, Australian Maid onto the water and
spends two days training, while also 'living'
on the boat overnight as she will on the ocean.
"When fully laden with gear and provisions,
I'll be rowing a vessel close to 1 tonne in
weight," she said.
Michelle's goal is to compete in the Talisker
Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2018 ... a 2,900nm
(5,371kms) ocean row that starts from La
Gomera, off the coast of north Africa amongst
Adventurers join the Sydney International
Boat Show to thrill and inspire
the Canary Islands, in December. It finishes
between 60 to 90 days later in Antigua.
First woman to sail solo
Lisa Blair made history becoming the
first woman to sail solo around Antarctica on
25 July 2017.
Lisa faced many challenges on her journey
battling waves the size of houses, freezing
conditions, snow and hail storms, extreme
isolation and fatigue, but the greatest challenge
occurred on 4 April. She had been at sea for
72 days and had yet to see another boat or
human being when in the night during storm
conditions her mast came crashing down due
to rigging failure. After a four-hour battle in
freezing conditions she was able to save her
yacht Climate Action Now and her life.
Lisa's boat underwent repairs and after
a further two months on land was able to
re-commence her voyage south again, sailed
the last leg of the journey home during the
Southern Ocean winter, safely arriving home
to a hero's welcome.
Her greatest challenge is yet to come. Lisa
will be heading off to sail a non-stop, solo,
unassisted circumnavigation of Australia in
October this year.
Warby Record Setters
Attempting to break his father Ken's record,
David Warby and the Spirit of Australia II will
be on display, which Ken has designed to be
almost 50% more powerful than his original
1978 world record breaker.
Ken set the current World Water Speed
Record of 511km/h in 1978. Now 40 years later
Ken again challenges the Outright Unlimited
World Water Speed Record, with his son David
in the pilot's seat (see story page 16).
Visitors to the show will be able to meet
Ken and David and take a close look at the Spirit
of Australia II, which is powered by a massive
Rolls Royce Orpheus 803 ex-Italian Air Force
jet engine, previously used to give flight to a
Fiat Gina G-91 jet fighter. The vessel is as much
a rocket as it is a boat.
Safe boating is good boating and the
Show's organisers have once again teamed-up
with Transport for NSW as the Show's Partner
in Safety. At the show you will find a whole lot
of support information to help make your time
on the water better and safer. Visit the Show's
Boating Safety Zone to learn more.
Windcraft will have its largest line up ever
... including six premiers. Don't miss the new
Hanse 548 with hard top Bimini, the sexy Italian
Solaris 47 and the racy Dehler 42.
The new Hanse 388 & 418 are consistently
the best selling yacht size in Australia and
New Zealand. Easily sailed by one with room
for the family. Also check out the baby of the
range -- the 315 and the new look 348.
Windcraft offer Dehler Yachts to sailors
who like to step up the speed to satisfy the
competitive spirit but allow for easy social
sailing. The new Dehler 42 on show is a boat with
attitude -- a full carbon rig and competition spec.
The Moody range will be represented by
the 45ft and 54ft Decksaloon. The 54 on display
recently arrived in Australia after cruising
2.000nm in the Med and Caribbean.
Windcraft -- at the main Cockle Bay entrance
on the city side of Darling Harbour.
Hanse 548 with hard top Bimini.
The racy Dehler 42.
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