CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF THE SANCTUARY COVE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

HUNDREDS OF BOATS. FOUR DAYS OF FUN. ONE AWESOME LOCATION

WHERE: THE MARINE VILLAGE, SANCTUARY COVE

WHEN: THURSDAY 24 – SUNDAY 27 MAY, 2018   I   9AM – 5PM

WHAT’S ON

See what’s on at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

The daily schedule of entertainment, presentations and activities add to the family-friendly, festive atmosphere of the Boat Show. Entertainment highlights include live cooking demonstrations by Paul Burt on the Main Stage, meet and greet Bathurst winners Tony Longhurst and Aaron Seton and see the winning Boat Works car and hear from expert anglers at the Berkley Supertank. For anglers of all skill levels, the popular SCIBS fishing tournament is back again, this year branded the 2018 SCIBS ‘Fly Scoot’ Bream Shootout presented by Shimano. The winner-takes-all event takes place Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May and promises to be great fun for participants and visitors to the Show alike.

For the junior set, the SCIBS Kids’ Zone has plenty of room to burn off some energy, or simply chill and savour the sights and sounds of the Show. Along with a jumping castle and games, there will be face painting, giveaways and roving entertainment, including appearances by the one and only Captain Jack Sparrow.

ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS

2018 SCIBS ‘FLY SCOOT’ BREAM SHOOT OUT, PRESENTED BY SHIMANO

26 – 27 MAY, 2018

Join the SCIBS 2018 ‘Fly Scoot’ Live Bream Shoot Out, presented by Shimano and hosted by Paul Burt, for the chance to win over $10,000 in prizes from Scoot, Shimano, Garmin, Tackleworld and Scales Seafood. The winning team will score a trip to Thailand.

SEA WORLD RESEARCH & RESCUE

The Sea World Research & Rescue vessel and its qualified crew will be on hand to inform visitors how they can do their part and contribute to conservation and protection of our marine life.

LIVE COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS

SCIBS Ambassador Paul Burt will host daily cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage. Learn how to prepare and serve seafood like a pro.

BATHURST WINNER

Come and see Bathurst winners Tony Longhurst and Aaron Seton and the winning Boat Works car from the 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour race.

BE AMAZED WITH MAGIC

Master Illusionist Matt Hollywood performs mind blowing acts of levitation, sawing people in half and effects that will shock, stun and amaze you.

SCIBS INDUSTRY TRADE BREAKFAST

FRIDAY 25 MAY, 7AM – 8.45AM

Stand up networking breakfast for exhibitors, industry associates and trade buyers to meet and network with their counterparts.

Features a presentation by Mark Richards (Skipper of Wild Oats XI, CEO of Grand Banks and founder of Palm Beach Motor Yachts) who’ll discuss current world trade conditions, manufacturing, exporting, automation within his company and share some stories from his numerous Sydney to Hobart campaigns.

2018 EXHIBITOR DIRECTORY

Explore our 2018 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show exhibitor directory and visit the ocean’s finest exhibitors, on display in one awesome location.

THE HISTORY OF SCIBS | 1988 – 2018

THIRTY years is a monumental achievement in any business, and as an event that truly reflects the ebb and flow of the industry it serves, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is pleased and proud to be sharing this major milestone with three generations of exhibitors, partners, suppliers and an enthusiastic boating public.

‘SCIBS’ as it’s known, has evolved over three decades to grow from an assortment of boats on the Marina and a legendary launch, to become a well-oiled machine showcasing every aspect of the boating lifestyle, plus a program of entertainment and education that is inclusive and inspiring.

As Queensland’s first on-water boat show in 1989, SCIBS has evolved from humble beginnings to become the southern hemisphere’s premier marine event with hundreds of boats and thousands of marine products on display each year.

Over the course of its history, SCIBS has hosted more than 10,000 exhibitors and welcomed 1.4 million-plus visitors through its gates, resulting in a total economic impact of more than $3 billion.

SCIBS now has a global reputation as a world-class B2B and consumer event that attracts exhibitors displaying the latest products and innovations in one spectacular location.

1985 – THE BEGINNING

Sanctuary Cove originally was the brainchild of Mike Gore who had researched and visited integrated resorts in the United States. Assembly of the 474 hectare site was completed in 1985 with construction work commencing soon after. The Ultimate Event was scheduled for January 1988 which heralded the official opening of the development – Sanctuary Cove.. Having four man-made harbours with Sanctuary Cove’s Marine Village comfortably nestled into the mid-area of the northern most Harbour One, the adjoining Sanctuary Cove Marina securely accommodates in excess of 300 vessels. A village adjoining a marina was the perfect environment for a boat show and as part of the Ultimate Event the first Boat Show was staged at Sanctuary Cove filling the marina with over 250 boats. The first on-water boat show in Queensland.

1989 – A BOAT SHOW CONCEIVED

The success of the Ultimate Event coupled with the expansion of recreational boating across the Australian continent presented a golden opportunity for an annual on-water boat show and soon after the Queensland International Boat Show was scheduled for May 1989. Halting highway traffic north to Dreamworld and south through Paradise Point to Runaway Bay the boat show was hailed a huge success by industry and visitors resulting in the show becoming a permanent fixture on the Sanctuary Cove events calendar.

1992 – RENAMING

In 1992 the branding was changed to Sanctuary Cove International Boating Festival and presented annually under this banner until 1996 when the name changed to Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. An added attraction over the festival years was the Celica Billfish Classic supported by Toyota and attracting anglers from world-wide.

1999 – THE SHOW MUST GO ON

In the week prior to the 1999 show it rained constantly, saturating the parking areas and slowing the build and bump-in to snail pace. The show did open on time on Thursday however it was necessary in the evening to have a tractor standing by to assist cars leaving the parking lot. So badly was the lot cut up that overnight a revised parking strategy was implemented for Friday, on Friday night another strategy for Saturday and Sunday was also instigated to cope with the continuing inclement weather. As they say in show business “the show must go on”.

SUPPORT OF THE MARINE INDUSTRY

During this period of evolution, and to this day, the show supports the marine industry by being a member of, and representation on, various marine organisation boards including Boating Industry Association of Queensland now Marine Queensland, Australian Marine Industry Federation now the Boating Industry Alliance Australia, Australian International Marine Export Group – AIMEX, Super Yacht Base Australia now Superyacht Australia. Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show became known as the show “where the marine business does business”. Year by year recreational boating became the dream of many Australians, which accelerated industry growth at around 6% per annum. The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show expanded exponentially to accommodate the plethora of Australian and imported product appearing to satisfy the dream of many.

2007 – PRODUCING RESULTS

2007 was a record year for Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show summed up by the following quotations : “The beauty of Sanctuary Cove is that internationals can come here and see everything that Australian companies have to offer.” said manager of Export Services Austrade Queensland, Brendan Egan. “We’ve had the largest ever international delegation here, with representatives of 10 Taiwanese yards, who are sourcing Australian products and components. “We’ve also had Malaysian companies, with a need for marinas and services, looking for Australian expertise in this area.” “I go to shows all over the world and in my opinion this is the best show in the world.” said Riviera CEO Wes Moxey. Riviera, Australia’s largest luxury boat manufacturer, was the number one retailer at show, selling 31 boats valued at $35 million. The show generated $150 million in boat sales and attracted 53,156 people.

2008 – RECORDS ARE MADE

The pinnacle of success came in 2008 with a record 450 boats on water, 600 boats on land, 453 individual exhibitors and a total of 53,700 visitors over four days at that time making it the biggest marine exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere and producing an economic benefit to the Gold Coast and Australia of A$310 million. Following the financial glitch of 2008 the recreational marine industry in Australia receded and likewise did the boat show mirroring the industry trend.

2009 – ENTER THE GFC

In 2009 financial conditions held relatively static in Australia and the boat show didn’t suffer too badly except for a noticeable reduction in the number of imported boats. However on the Wednesday afternoon preceding the Thursday opening a low weather system formed off the east coast and moved over landfall just after lunch in the middle of bump-in. With winds in excess of 100 kph the temporary structures forming the pavilions began to shake rattle and roll which necessitated the evacuation of the site for the safety of all concerned. Most of Thursday was taken up with cleaning, finishing the bump-in and preparing for an official opening on Friday morning which produced a clear blue sky and beautiful weather in general over the ensuring weekend. Visitation held and remarkably exhibitors reported excellent results over the three days of the show.

2011 – SOMETHING FOR THE LADIES

“Women on Water” was introduced in 2011. A program designed to appeal to the ladies of the boating set where they could hone their seamanship skills as well as socially interact with female industry identities. Mesmerising Ms Carla De Maria President of Monte Carlo Yachts S.p.A. Italy was the show’s special guest for Women on Water and was a guest speaker that the inaugural ASMEX (Australian Superyacht and Marine Export) Conference held in the Village Theatre. Carla was also a guest speaker at the Women on Water Luncheon on Friday alongside Sharon Russell and outstanding lady and much respected in the marine industry for her involvement with boat syndication. Sharon had recently been elected at President of Marine Queensland – the first woman in Australia to hold that office in a marine association. Women on Water continues to be part of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show as does ASMEX which has been held at Sanctuary Cove in 2012, 2013 and 2014. ASMEX returns in 2015.

2013 – 25 YEARS YOUNG

2013 was the show’s 25th Anniversary – who would have thought that from humble beginnings the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show would chalk up a quarter century of exhibition excellence. Truly a remarkable feat celebrated, with many exhibitors and business partners who had supported the show every year, at a Bowtie and Boardies Bash at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. Over the years the show has experienced unbelievable support from Government agencies, industry and the public sector.

INTO THE FUTURE

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show remains an industry leader attracting local, national, interstate and international exhibitors and visitors who have made the show a “must-do” on the marine marketing, promotional, purchasing and sales calendar. The boat show continues to mirror industry trends and is again growing exhibitor and visitation numbers producing excellent results for its supporters and business partners.

LOCATION

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SCIBS is located in Sanctuary Cove’s idyllic Marine Village on the northern end of the Gold Coast. Moor for the day and discover a delicious selection of cafes, restaurants and bars, plus a delightful range of speciality shops including fashion boutiques, art galleries, a chocolate shop and the Village Theatre. For your convenience, there’s an extensive array of business services available including banking, medical, pharmacy and beauty.