How does a Virtual Boat Show work??
A virtual boat show is just like a physical one, but you can do it all from the comfort of your own home! You can view boats, chat to exhibitors (via audio or video), browse equipment and even network with other sailors in the networking lounge.
You can also watch talks and demonstrations by some of the most experienced sailors and commentators and then ask them questions in the Live Q&A sessions following the talks.
How much are the tickets?
Tickets go on sale on September 1st 2021 and cost £5 per session. A session is a 5 hour period – either from 10am – 3pm or from 3pm – 8pm each day. You can buy access to multiple sessions if you would like longer to browse around, but you will need to pre-book each session to ensure you get access.
Can I just turn up on the day?
Possibly … but we don’t advise it. If tickets for that session are sold out then you will not be able to get access. If there is space, then you will be able to register on the day, but all tickets are sold on a first-come first-served basis.
So, if you want to ensure your space, we recommend booking in advance.
Is there a timetable available?
Yes, there is a timetable available. The timetable is available on this website. However, you will also be able to log in a couple of days before the event and have a browse around and look at everything available. You can then add events which appeal to you to your own personal agenda. We will even email you reminders that your events are coming up. The events available include:
- Talks and webinars
- ‘Meet the experts’ panels
- Safety demonstrations
- Exhibitor meetings
Can I meet and chat with other sailors?
Just like a physical boat show, you can always search around and see who else is in the show at the same time. In fact, it is easier to find people in a virtual show than a real one as you can just search for them and meet up any time.
When you register, we do advise you to supply as much information as possible (about your club, class association, boat and so on) as it will then be a lot easier to meet people with similar interests.
How long is the Boat Show available?
You will be able to access the Boat Show a couple of days before it starts to have a browse around and see what is available. You can then save events of interest to your personal agenda. You can also list the exhibitors you may want to come back and chat to when the show is live.
During the show, you will only have access for the sessions you have registered for – this is to avoid ‘virtual’ overcrowding in the aisles and make sure that exhibitors have time to chat to you properly.
However, following the show everything (including all the talks and demonstrations) will be available for 30 days afterwards. This means that you collect anything you may have missed. You can still even contact the exhibitors, but they may not be online instantly to help you. The show system though can email them and let them know that you’d like to chat to them.
What is my digital swag bag?
All visitors will have a digital briefcase or ‘swag bag‘. Just like a physical show, this will allow you to pick up material from exhibitors. This may be:
- Technical specifications
- Discount vouchers
- Product sheets
- Instruction manuals
Will there be help and support?
You will be able to get help and support any time from within the event. Just click on the ‘help’ icon and there will be someone to talk you through any issues, or help you find what you are looking for.
There will also be help and support videos, as well as a general resource and information hub.
What does it mean that UK Boat Show is a social enterprise?
UK Boat Show is a social enterprise. This means that 100% of any surplus from the event will go to sailing and boating related charities. The surplus will help support things like:
- Sailability (sailing for the disabled)
- Marine conservation charities
- Sailing as rehabilitation charities
Full information on what has been donated and to which charities will be available through the UK Boat Show website.