East Anglian Boat Show to support Woolverstone Project 20th Anniversary charity sail
Last year’s inaugural East Anglian Boat Show proved such a big hit that it’s storming back for 2015, supported by the BMF, and promising a wealth of boat-related fun. Organisers predict that between 5k and 6k visitors will attend over the weekend.
Once again, the show will be held at MDL’s Woolverstone Marina on Saturday 20th June and Sunday 21st June. There will be a big focus on celebrations for the 20th Anniversary of the Woolverstone Project – a sailing charity for disabled people - which Woolverstone Marina has supported for many years.
To mark the anniversary of 20 years of the Woolverstone Project there will be a 24 hour sponsored sail during the show. Sailors and volunteers from the project will be sailing Access 3.03s for 24 hours non-stop around the River Orwell at Woolverstone. In addition, visitors to the boat show will be offered the opportunity to go for a sail in other project boats. There will also be a stand at the show to let people know about the great work of the Woolverstone Project.
“It will be a massive achievement this year if we can raise enough money during the Boat Show for a new boat for the project,” said Trevor Barnes, Woolverstone Marina Manager. “We’re hopeful we can achieve this as well as raise the profile of the excellent Woolverstone Project.”
Barnes said the show will feature attractions for the whole family – from radio controlled boats and a dog show to a great line up of second hand boats for sale ranging from 20 - 45ft.
Exhibitors include Broom Boats and Bavaria, and there are RIBs, powerboats, dinghies for sale, plus a wide spread of specialist stalls showcasing boat fittings and furniture, chandlery equipment, electronics, shoes and clothing. BMF East Anglia will be at the show. “We want those new to boating to discover and enjoy everything the hobby has to offer, while giving experienced boat owners the chance to learn about and buy the latest equipment to improve their boats.”
“This is a free event, and we have lots of free parking space, so it’s the perfect day out,” said Barnes. “Last year we attracted over 2,500 people and our exhibitors were delighted with how well things went, and immediately put pressure on us to organise another show. We feel very strongly that this show can build over time to provide a high profile event for the boat industry in the Midlands at the peak of the season.”
The show will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
To enquire about taking a stand click here for details, or call 01473 780206 for an informal chat.
What is the Woolverstone Project?
Set up 20 years ago, the Woolverstone Project provides sailing opportunities and tuition for those with disabilities. The charity provides sailing throughout the year at Alton Water and during the summer months at Woolverstone on the River Orwell.
Volunteers are on hand to take the sailors out on the water, help the sailors in and out of the dinghies and to provide refreshments during the sessions. The Woolverstone Project has been providing sailing opportunities for 20 years and with the help of our volunteers and sponsors we continue to run these sessions.
If you would like to make a donation to the Woolverstone project, please either download a donation form and send the form with your donation to our treasurer, or use mydonate. There you can donate on-line to the Woolverstone Project, and we also receive the Gift Aid money with your donation.
Article: Alison Clements
Photos: East Anglian Boat Show, Woolverstone Project
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