Set sail for SIBS

Just three weeks until the 55th Sydney International Boat Show, 1 to 4 August, and there will be a plethora of sailing yachts to view and presentations to enjoy.

Written by Jeni Bone

11 July 2024


At SIBS 2024, a wide array of sailing yachts will be on display, including premium international cruising specialists, performance yachts and multihulls.

Brands as diverse as Beneteau, Bavaria, J/Boats, Tofinou, Saffier, Elan, and Viko Yachts will satisfy those looking for monohull sailing options – whether that’s a world cruiser or daysailer. In the multihull category, visitors to SIBS will see the latest models from Seawind, Lagoon, Leopard, Nautitech, Sailfish and Excess.

“Sailing is an incredibly important part of the boating sector – important to the industry and to the public,” explains the BIA’s Neil Patchett.

“It’s extremely powerful for attracting people to the boating lifestyle, The Sailing Clubs in this country have the best pathway for young people and people of all ages into learning in a safe and respectful environment.


“Sailing Clubs provide real engagement in sailing, largely driven by volunteers. It’s great for young people – physically and mentally challenging if you want to compete, and a great way of meeting other people and feeling part of the community and getting outdoors! You just immerse yourself in being outdoors, on the water, with your peers!

“The Sailing component of the Sydney International Boat Show and has a defining presence at this year’s show in the ICC-Darling Harbour forecourt. The BIA is aiming to grow this year on year, because of its community engagement. It’s a welcoming concept and it’s free! A genuine opportunity for new entry people through The Discover Sailing and Paddling hub.”

Flagstaff Marine, with a line-up of sail and power, will host the Australian premiere of the Beneteau Oceanis 37.1, which launched in Cannes in 2023. This model is a versatile, mid-size cruiser, designed by Marc Lombard and Nauta Design, offering owners a variety of layouts to suit their requirements. With great seakeeping and excellent performance, the Oceanis 37.1 is easy to handle with plenty of on board features to appeal to couples and families.

The team from Flagstaff Marine will also display the Beneteau First 44, making its boat show debut. The Beneteau First 44, positioned as the ideal racer-cruiser, is elegant and competitive on water in all conditions.

Then there’s the popular Excess 11 catamaran, which Flagstaff Marine Director, Graham Raspass says “has sold more than 200 worldwide in the four years since its launch”.

“It has really struck a chord with owners wishing to set off and explore. It’s capable of long passages, and it’s comfortable, spacious and offers a great sailing sensation. Cumberland Charter Yachts has recently added one to their fleet. The Excess 11 has exceptional on board space for a 38-footer, with a unique hull design that allows four double cabins. It’s a fun and exciting boat to sail, and easily managed.”

Performance Cruising Yachts will have two yachts on display and host the debut of the multi-award-nominee Elan Impression 43, alongside the highly awarded Elan E6.

According to Ed Penn from Performance Cruising Yachts, the new Impression 43 is destined to impress the Australian market. “It has received global recognition and been nominated for both European Yacht of the Year and Cruising Yacht of the Year Awards,” he states.

“This year we will have two of the very best models from the Slovenian bespoke builder Elan Yachts. The high-quality fit, finish and components used make them the standout models in their class.

“The team at Performance Cruising Yachts looks forward to welcoming people aboard at the Show. We will be able to answer any questions on our brands, specifications and delivery options.”

Expertly designed by Humphreys Naval Architecture and styled by Pininfarina, the new Elan Impression 43 offers exceptional comfort and a thrilling sailing experience, perfect for bluewater cruising.

Key features include a semi-deck-saloon for abundant natural light and spacious interiors.

From Carbon Yachts, the Saffier range of daysailers will be represented by the Saffier SE37 Lounge and Saffier SE 33 Life.

The Saffier SE 33 Life is a sleek, modern daysailer designed for those who appreciate both performance and luxury.

Crafted by the renowned Dutch boatbuilders at Saffier Yachts, this vessel epitomises the blend of innovative design and traditional craftsmanship. The SE 33 Life is characterised by its clean lines, spacious cockpit, and intuitive layout, making it perfect for solo sailing or enjoying a day on the water with friends and family.

The Saffier SE 37 Lounge is a luxurious daysailer that sets a new standard in its segment, as Chris Hrones explains.

“The Saffier SE 37 Lounge offers the agility of a smaller vessel with the comfort of a larger yacht. Whether sailing at high speeds or relaxing at anchor, the SE 37 Lounge provides an exceptional experience for both avid sailors and those seeking relaxation on the water.”

Designed for speed and comfort, the SE 37 Lounge’s hull is constructed with advanced vacuum-infused fibreglass and reinforced with iso resin and gel coat for durability. The high-aspect-ratio rig and advanced sail controls ensure exceptional handling in various conditions. The meticulously planned deck layout, with all lines leading to the cockpit, allows for effortless control.

From TMG, multihull specialists, the Lagoon Seventy 8 (power) and Lagoon 46 (sail) will be on show. The informative Lagoon Discovery Lounge will be an interactive experience for visitors to immerse themselves in virtual tours and educational videos from the yard.

The Lagoon 46 is designed for extended cruising adventures with family and friends and offers unmatched interior volume combined with versatile outdoor spaces and a refined atmosphere.  Reinforcing the dominance of the Lagoon brand worldwide, the 46 on display is the 500th 46 manufactured by the French powerhouse.

The Lagoon 46 comprises a deep and welcoming forward cockpit, a spacious aft cockpit and a versatile flybridge, plus an expansive foredeck.

Multihull Central will present the Seawind 1170 – a 40-foot catamaran that carries similar styling lines to the 1370 and new modern hull shape, but with an interior layout similar to their popular Seawind 1260 that optimise space providing incredible value and comfort for live aboard cruisers.

The Seawind 1170 is set up with a longeron beam standard with optional stayless carbon bowsprit. This allows you to run a self-tacking jib or genoa from the forestay, furling screecher from the longeron beam and spinnaker off the bowsprit, plus a square top mainsail.

It features modern interiors with plenty of storage space, cabins with remarkable headroom. The raked bows keep buoyancy forward while the new flat decks make walking the fore deck easier and converts to more internal volume, most noticeably in the forward cabins.

Trent Wilson, Managing Director at Oceanco, which represents the Polish-made Viko Yachts, says the Viko S21 is “a 6.5-metre, entry-level trailer-sailer, and a great family boat that has an attractive price tag”.

“The Viko S21 will undoubtedly be a standout at the show,’ says Trent. “It’s one of the first true trailer-sailers to enter the Australian market in a long time.

“It’s a great way to get into sailing,” he continues. “‘I wanted to build the perfect day sailer and weekender. With the full-width aft cabin, head compartment and a clever mast-raising system, this boat can be rigged and sailed in no time.

“Viko Yachts are perfect for our Australian waters, suited to both enclosed and offshore sailing for the beginner and experienced yachtsperson.”

Within the ICC, with the navigational equipment, tenders, safety gear, apparel and engines, Pantaenius Australia will exhibit in the same place as last year, as Michaela Claes, Operations Manager, explains.

“At SIBS 2024, we’ll be on Stands 1 & 2 at the entrance of the halls. We’re very well positioned there to catch people’s eyes and attract new customers. The Sydney boat show gives everyone on our team the chance to meet our customers face to face.

“Catching up with customers and having a chat about their boats and their plans. It’s always a pleasure to speak with everybody!”

When it comes to entertainment and insight into the boating lifestyle, the BIA has planned an event schedule that will please and intrigue yachties from every level of the pastime.

This year’s Sydney International Boat Show schedule promises an exciting lineup of activities and events hosted by the BIA, including Marine Careers Open Day on the first day, involving more than 600 High School students from around the region, interested in finding out more about careers in the boating and marine industries.

The BIA Stand in the ICC will also share information Marine Careers and Discover Boating every day of the show, from 10am to 7pm.

8am Friday 2 August is the official opening of the show, hosting 300 guests in the ICC, followed by another Careers Open Day session for school students. From 10am, there will be a sustainability forum, featuring an ICOMIA presentation and speakers on “End of Life” of vessels, and more.

The TAFE Awards will be held that evening, celebrating the skills and trades in NSW.

Each day during SIBS 2024, the Discover Sailing & Paddling Hub, located between the marina and the ICC, will hold free presentations and interviews with leading experts from various arenas in sailing.

Learn everything there is to know about how life on the water could work for you with a range of sailing and paddling options for every level of interest. If you aren’t involved in the sailing and paddling world already, it can be intimidating to consider trying something new, but these sports are more accessible than you might think.

The Discover Sailing and Paddling Hub is the perfect place to find a course, club or friend that could help you get started in sailing or begin your boating journey through paddling.

Inside the ICC, the Main Stage is the place to learn about all things fishing at the 2024 Sydney International Boat Show.

With a daily line-up hosted by Channel 7’s Fishing, Boating and Weather Expert and host of Step Outside with Paul Burt seen every day on 7mate, the stage will also feature Peter ‘PJ’ Johnson, Rhys Creed, Tim Simpson, Justin Duggan, Doug Burt, Greg Reid, Andrew ‘ET’ Ettingshausen and more.

The Shimano Fishing Tank Show returns, presented by fishing expert, Dave “Mossy” Moss sharing his tips and tricks. There will be giveaways and prizes from Shimano, Lowrance and Gamakatsu.

Then there’s the Boating Safety Zone, also on level 1 of the ICC. Transport for NSW are the event’s Partner in Safety responsible for promoting safe and enjoyable boating on NSW waterways.

Transport and its key safety partners will be on-site at the Boating Safety Zone, to answer questions and provide visitors with the latest information for a safe and enjoyable time out on the water.

Tickets to the 2024 Sydney International Boat Show start from $25 for an early bird general admission ticket, available to purchase until 17 July 2024. Children under 16 years of age are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Early bird ticket purchasers will also go into the draw to win$10,000 in ‘Boat Show Dollars’ to spend with an exhibitor at the Show.

The Sydney International Boat Show is presented by the Boating Industry Association Ltd (BIA) with delivery partner Mulpha Events and proudly supported by Partner in Safety – Transport for NSW, along with official event partners Century Batteries, GMSV and Walcon Marine.

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