The 2021 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show runs this Thursday to Sunday and promises an exciting program of boating activities, kids’ fun, street entertainers, cooking demonstrations and more.

From 20-23 May, The Marine Village will become a thriving hub of fun for the whole family as the southern hemisphere’s premier marine event hosts upwards of 300 exhibitors displaying hundreds of boats and thousands of marine products and accessories.

From 9am until sundown, discover a lively atmosphere teeming with colour and energy throughout the precincts. To help navigate the show, we’ve put together the top 10 things to see and do at this week’s SCIBS.

1. SET SAIL WITH SPECIALTY BOATS ON THE WATER

Be among the first to see the latest catamaran, yacht, sport and sail models on water, including a number of world and Australian launches. Amazing specialty vessels like the Sea World Research & Rescue Vessel and mega-sized superyachts will be on display at SCIBS. Sail on down to the marina to find something special.

2. EXPLORE THE NEW SUPERYACHT ARM

Discover a host of incredible vessels over 24m in the brand-new Superyacht Marina Arm, adding 150 metres of display space to the show’s layout. Premium boats from the likes of Maritimo, Princess Yachts, Horizon, Palm Beach and Riviera will be anchored here for those wanting a taste of the luxurious lifestyle. In a first for an Australian marina, the Superyacht Marina Arm features undercover berths.

3. SHIMANO FISHING DEMONSTRATIONS WITH MOSSY

The Shimano Fishing Tank Show returns to SCIBS alongside the Main Stage to amplify a jam-packed entertainment schedule, as fishing presenter Dave “Mossy” Moss educates and demonstrates to audiences the art of the catch and release. The 10-metre-long tank will delight fishing fans both young and old and provides show goers with the thrilling opportunity to catch and release barramundi and bream – as well as a cheeky photo with your prize catch, of course!

4. SCIBS 2021 LIVE BREAM SHOOT OUT

The perennially popular SCIBS Live Bream Shoot Out will return this year, hosted by SCIBS ambassador and Channel 7 boating and fishing expert, Paul Burt. Amateur and professional anglers are invited to enter with teams of two competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes. Keen anglers venture out into deep waters from 6am on Saturday and Sunday, returning to Sanctuary Cove each afternoon for the official weigh-in. This family-friendly event can be viewed from behind the Main Stage, with the winner’s presentation to take place at the Main Stage on Sunday.

5. REV YOUR ENGINES WITH TURBO-CHARGED SUPERCARS

SCIBS will host luxury sports and high performance cars guaranteed to fuel dreams of life in the fast lane. See the latest models from major sponsor Bentley Brisbane & Gold Coast, alongside marques such as Maserati, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus, Mini, Rolls-Royce and BMW.

6. MEET THE EXHIBITORS THROUGHOUT THE MARINE VILLAGE

With three areas dedicated to the growing trailer boat segment and spanning 20,000 square metres, including the popular Sports, Leisure and Fishing Precinct, visitors to the Marine Village can expect to see hundreds of the latest models to suit everyone from experienced offshore anglers to first-time boaties.

7. STOCK UP ON THE LATEST GEAR AND GADGETS

If high-tech gadgets are on your shopping list, then a visit to The Pavilions presented by Stella is a must. Here you will find the latest innovations in fishing technologies, communication and navigation systems, autopilot systems, electronic equipment, safety devices and more. Industry leaders such as Stella, Garmin, Fusion, Navico, Club Marine, Navionics, Seabreeze, Dometic, Raymarine, HELLA, Bruno, Lowrance, Simrad, VETUS-Maxwell and International Paint will be on site to provide quality advice for tech heads wanting to make the most of their boating experience.

8. BRING ON THE FUN WITH THE KIDS’ ZONE AND STREET PERFORMERS

The kids’ zone has plenty of activities for little sea legs to run off some energy, including a huge jumping castle and free face painting over the weekend. The famous SCIBS street performers will return in 2021! Grab a snap with Captain Jack, groove through The Marine Village to the tunes of Blue Poppy or slide by the stilts of our glamour girls. Nothing brings the festival vibe to SCIBS like street entertainment, so so get your cameras ready!

9. FEED HUNGRY SHIPMATES AT THE LIVE COOKING SHOWS

Paul Burt is back on the Main Stage hosting a series of expert cooking tips. The master fisherman has spent years cooking his catch and will show audiences how to cook simple seafood dishes you can recreate at home or out on your holiday adventure. Check out Cooking Tips with Paul Burt daily on the Main Stage.

10. DINE AND SHOP IN STYLE AT THE MARINE VILLAGE

Pull up a chair and enjoy the buzz from the serene surrounds of any one of the top-quality restaurants, cafes and bars in The Marine Village, catering to all tastes and budgets. Choose from fine dining or relaxed alfresco fare, then browse the eclectic boutiques of The Marine Village, offering high-end style and hard-to-find pieces and everything from ladies’ and men’s fashion to on-trend homewares and giftware.

Whether it’s luxury or affordable boating you’re after, SCIBS 2021 is sure to have it all, providing the perfect place to start or continue your boating experience.

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