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Barcelona International Boat Show to host superyachts

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The Barcelona International Boat Show will be marked by growth, taking up five pavilions of the Gran Via exhibition centre and two docks in Port Vell, where the on-water exhibition will feature mega yachts for the first time. The total area amounts to 115,000 m2 .

From the 3rd to the 11th of November in the Catalan capital, 650 exhibitors from all sports and recreational boating segments will showcase all the latest products of a booming sector. The pavilions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6, and outside areas of the exhibition centre, will house the biggest and most important show held to date, featuring everything from motor and sail boats, accessories, engines, fishing, inflatable boats and electronics to jet skis, accessories, under water activities and boat charters.

Port Vell will showcase around 225 large boats in the Espanya and Barcelona docks. The latter will showcase larger boats and even mega yachts (boats over 40 metres long and with a professional crew), a new addition to the Barcelona Boat Show from 2007.

There will also be a shuttle boat service between the two docks for visitors to travel by sea to see the sail and motor boats and catamarans.

Start of the BWR
The 2007 show will put Barcelona at the centre of world attention of sports and recreational boating, as the start of Barcelona World Race (BWR), a new two-handed, non-stop round the world yacht race, will coincide with the close of the show. The first 25,000-mile BWR will leave the Fusta dock in Port Vell on the 11th of November.

As a member of the Fundación para la Navegación Oceánica, organisers of the Barcelona World Race, the Boat Show is actively committed to the success of this new race, which will be held every four years.

In addition to the start of the Barcelona World Race, the list of numerous navigation-related activities includes a new Boat Show Sailing ProAm, consisting of a race and sailing classes; an exhibition related to the world of pirates, with the collaboration of the Barcelona Maritime Museum; and space for naval model making with reproductions of boats from all eras.

The Traditional Marina area, which will house historic boats, institutions and companies interested in the recovery of maritime and fluvial heritage, will also be represented at the Barcelona show. Dornas (dories), traineras (sardine fishing boats), jábegas (fishing boats) pailebotes (schooners) and all types of sail, motor and rowing boats, which were used by fishermen and the merchant navy in times gone by, will form part of this area.

From the historic to the modern: visitors will also be able to admire the new boats to come out of the shipyards, the latest electronic applications, the latest generation fishing rods, inflatable boats about to be launched on the market and the work being done in design and innovation centres. The programme will also include announcement of races, awards ceremonies, courses, seminars and simulators of off-shore sailing and fishing.

Better logistics and new access to the show
One of the main improvements of the next show will be the connection to the Gran Via exhibition centre via the Europa/Fira station on the Llobregat-Anoia line of the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya. This line originates in Plaza de España and the journey takes only six minutes, The new station is a few metres from the main entrance to the exhibition centre, situated in Avenida Juan Carlos I (on the corner of Calle Ciencias), which will be one of the accesses to the show, in addition to the entrance to pavilion 8 in Calle Botànica.

There will also be an increased number of parking spaces for visitors arriving by private vehicle with the new car park situated in Avenida de Juan Carlos I. Communication between halls will also be improved with the use of a walkway which channels the flow of visitors. Shuttle buses connecting the Gran Via exhibition centre with Port Vell and the airport will be available to visitors and exhibitors.

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