A host of new yachts make their debut and there are great opportunities to get afloat

The PSP Southampton Boat Show, which begins this week and runs through next week, has been given a makeover and will host of variety of new features and an impressive array of new yacht and gear launches.

Among a host of new yachts making their debut are the Allures 39.9, Beneteau’s Oceanis 35, Bavaria’s Easy 9.7, Discovery’s 55 MkII, Dufour’s 310, the GT35, the Hanse 445, the Sirius 40DS, Sunbeam’s 42.1, and the Varianta 37.

And there will be plenty of ways for the public to get afloat, including numerous Try-a-Boat vessels, a Challenge 72, and free dinghy sailing for 8-16-year-olds.

New features include live music tribute acts at the Guinness Bar each afternoon and a 100ft-high big wheel. The PSP Southampton Boatshow Eye will cost £3 for a 13-minute ride that provides panoramic views of the show.

Yachting World will be launching our new bluewater cruising techniques series of features and videos at sponsors Pantaenius’s stand on Friday 12 September. Come and join us and at 1500.

The show will also supporting and promoting ‘Bart’s Bash’ live on the final Sunday, 21 September. The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, a charity that aims to transform the lives of young people through sailing, is the official charity for the show and will have a stand at the Holiday Inn.

Bart’s Bash aims to set a Guinness World Record for the largest sailing race in the world. Bart Simpson’s eldest son Freddie, aged four, was the 1,000th sailor to register and will be sailing with his ‘Uncle Iain’ (Percy) in the Star keelboat in Portland – the same class of boat, seat and skipper that Freddie’s father ‘Bart’ was so successful with before he tragically died. Over 500 sailing clubs have signed up for the event so far.