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The 2017 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is here, with a packed schedule of boating-themed displays, live music, kids’ activities, celebrity cooking demonstrations and hands-on experiences for seasoned boaties and those considering dipping a toe in!

Held from May 25 to 28, The Marine Village has been be transformed into a thriving hub of fun for the whole family, as the region’s premier boat show rolls out four full days of entertainment.

From first entry till sundown, you will discover a lively atmosphere teeming with colour and energy throughout the Boat Show precincts and roving entertainment completing the carnival vibe.

Many experiences await you at the 29th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Here are just a few, in no particular order, that you, your family and friends can look forward to:

1. STEP ONBOARD WORLD PREMIERES, MARVEL AT ENGINEERING INGENUITY
Be among the first to see the latest catamaran, yacht, sport and sail models on water, view the first-time release of the hottest luxury and supercar vehicles to hit the road, and experience first-hand the newest innovations in marine gadgetry and accessories.

2. CATCH THE SCIBS SHIMANO LIVE BREAM SHOOTOUT WITH PAUL BURT
Helmed by fishing guru Paul Burt, the SCIBS Shimano Live Bream Shoot Out is back on the program! The winner-takes-all fishing contest takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of the Show, May 27 and 28, with more than $3,000 in prizes up for grabs. Register online at www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au or watch as teams bring in their catches!

3. MEET THE EXHIBITORS ON THE MARINA, IN THE PAVILIONS AND THROUGHOUT THE MARINE VILLAGE
From the high-tech marvels on the marina, to the trailerboats and jet skis in and around The Marine Village and The Boatyard, there will be something of interest for all boaties and those considering entering the boating lifestyle. If gear and gadgets are on your shopping list, then stop by the Pavilions. Here you will find everything from the latest safety devices to marine electronics and more.

4. MEET THE SEA WORLD RESEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM ON BOARD SEA WORLD I
Step on board the state-of-the-art, 18m rescue vessel Sea World I as Sea World’s Research and Rescue Foundation shares its message of marine conservation. The team will also have a rescued turtle on board in celebration of World Turtle Day. You’ll find Sea World I located on pier E.

5. Q+A WITH WORLD’S YOUNGEST SOLO SAILOR
Prepare to be inspired as Young Australian of the Year Jessica Watson OAM shares insight into what it took to sail solo and unassisted around the world at just 16 years of age. The world’s youngest sailor to achieve this incredible feat, Jessica will share her experiences at sea during a special Q+A session with SCIBS ambassador and Channel 7 personality Paul Burt on The Boatyard stage at 10am on Friday, May 26.

Nautical outfit6. SAILING
Head to the I Pier for Learn to Sail sessions from 9am to 5pm each day, hosted by certified instructors from the Southport Yacht Club.

7. BEST OF SAILING ON FILM
The launch of the inaugural FREE SEAbbatical Short Film Festival is the perfect way to kick back on opening night (Thursday, May 25) at The Village Theatre. Supported by All Marine Spares, Multihull Central and Pantaenius Motor & Yacht Insurance, the festival will showcase a selection of stunning sailing films. Entry is free, but registration is required online.

8. SNAP A SELFIE WITH ‘CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW’, THEN BOUNCE AROUND IN THE KIDS’ ZONE
Everyone’s favourite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, will welcome visitors to Sanctuary Cove between 9am and 1pm each day of the Show before they head to the Kids’ Zone to enjoy a host of free fun activities.

9. REV UP YOUR ENGINES AT THE TURBO-CHARGED SUPERCAR STREET
Supercar Street will host luxury sports and high performance cars guaranteed to fuel dreams of life in the fast lane. See latest models from major sponsor Bentley, alongside marques such as Maserati, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, McLaren, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, BMW, Audi, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz.

10. FEED YOUR SENSES AT THE LIVE COOKING SHOWS
Aspiring gourmet chefs can learn new tricks of the trade to take their cooking to the next level, with Gold Coast fishing and lifestyle expert Paul Burt hosting live cooking demonstrations at SCIBS, while also sharing a few secret fishing tips.

11. NETWORK AND ENJOY WATER VIEWS AT SCIBS TOP DECK VIP LOUNGE
Secure your ticket to the Top Deck VIP Lounge where you will enjoy a luxurious and private retreat overlooking the marina. Guests will enjoy a number of VIP benefits while being be wined and dined for just $149.

12. SHOP & DINE IN 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.

SCIBS offers FREE park ‘n’ ride services from Warner Bros. Movie World, along with limited on-site parking, available pre-paid only.

Tickets for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show are now on sale at www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au.

2017 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Dates // May 25 to 28, 2017
Location // The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove
Cost // A range of ticket options starting at $15, Children under 18 years FREE.
More // www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au

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