Shows & Events
There are plenty of yachting events for both dreamers and doers. Choose from these boat shows, where the latest floating toys are on display, or gear up for a yacht race where you can pit your newest purchase against the competition.
China (Shanghai) International Boat Show, April 14-17
This show has come a long way from humble beginnings in an underground car park, moving this year to the former Shanghai Expo site to match the polish of the yachts on display. The show includes 100 boats on display in the nearby Huangpu River as well as a Charity Regatta.
Boat Asia, Singapore, May 12-15
Traditionally held in Keppel Bay (in Queensland, Australia), Boat Asia is for the first time expanding to a second location at The Promontory@Marina Bay. The additional location will set the stage for a selection of luxury playthings including sail boats, power boats, luxury cars and motorcycles.
Sydney International Boat Show, July 28-August 1
Australia's largest boat show is held at the Cockle Bay Marina in Darling Harbour. This is much more than just a boat show; it brings together all the toys of Australia's famous water sport culture, from sailboats to motor yachts to fishing skiffs and scuba gear.
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club San Fernando Race, April 20
This biennial classic will sail out of Victoria Harbour for a 480 nautical mile ride to San Fernando in the northern Philippines. Sailors will support a Philippine orphanage as they head out into the China Sea in one of Hong Kong's premier ocean races.
Taiwan Strait Race, May 21
Another Category 1 Offshore race which sees boats race 350 nautical miles from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung, crossing the treacherous Taiwan Strait. Once there, the fleet takes part in the Dapeng Bay International Regatta, a series of inshore races that run from on May 27-31.
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Spring Regatta, May 14-15
You know spring has sprung when Hong Kong's racing community descends on Victoria Harbour for two days of hard-nosed battle. This regatta marks the end of the winter racing season and after-parties at the clubhouse make it a social highlight of the sailing calendar.
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
This ultra glamorous event will visit 10 ports, starting in Alicante, then moving to Cape Town and heading to Sanya, in China's Hainan province in mid February 2012. The event will include plenty of in-harbour races and provides a terrific spectacle as about half a dozen teams of the world's best sailors will battle it out in their Open 70s class boats.