The Genoa Boat Show, or Salone Nautico Internazionale di Genova as it is known in Italian, reaches an important milestone this year, with its 50th edition. Its history runs back to 1962 when it was a small show (30,000 square metres) for a very restricted public.
From 1966, the Genoa Boat Show joined forces with UCINA, an Italian boatbuilders union, and the Show has grown progressively to reach its current status as world leader, in terms of the breadth of the products shown and its unique exhibition facilities. It has 100,000 square metres of water exhibition space, and over 200,000 square metres floor space on dry land, both outdoors and in exhibition halls. All this is in an evocative location near Genoa harbour.
There will be 1,400 exhibiting countries, of which over a third from outside Italy. A total of 2,300 boats will be on show, of which 500 on the water. The events planned within the Show facilities include book presentations, sport events and conferences. The exhibits will include many luxury mega yachts custom yachts and luxury charter yachts for sale – luxury yachts to purchase will comprise some of the latest floating jewels.
One of the boats that will be present is the Perini Fivea, a 45-metre sloop that combines a classical appearance with high-tech innovations. In total, 500 brand new boat models will be exhibited, showing that research and develop is continuing, the best possible antidote to the economic crisis. For the first time in the Show's history, sea tests will be possible, on booking. About fifteen boats will be moored on a jetty near the point at which ferries from Genoa and other locations reach the Show.
The city of Genoa itself will be organizing many ancillary events for the Show. For example, the S 518 Nazario Sauro is the first submarine to have been converted into a museum exhibit, and it is an interesting experience because it is below the waterline, and the sub's interiors have not been modified. This means that there are lots of pipes and stopcocks in positions so inconvenient that visitors are required to wear a protective helmet.
The Genoa Boat Show has an official watch partner: Rolex. The maison will be exhibiting their classic and sports collections, with some models presented at Basel 2010 including the new Submariner in green and black versions. And a special watch event will take place at the Show: to celebrate another 50th anniversary, from when Jacques Piccard descended into the Mariana Trench with the Deepsea Special, this historic watch will be on show before returning to the Rolex vaults in Geneva.
On 23 January 1960, the Swiss oceanographer and engineer Piccard and U.S. Navy officer Don Walsh entered the bathyscaphe "Trieste," to which the Rolex Deep Sea Special was fixed outside. It was one of a series of prototypes designed to withstand an enormous pressure. Walsh and Piccard piloted the Trieste down to 10,916 metres below sea level, making the vessel, and the watch, the first objects in their category to reach the deepest point of the ocean. The record still stands today.
The 50th Salone Nautico Internazionale runs from 2 to 10 October 2010, from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.. Entrance costs euro 15. More info from www.genoaboatshow.com
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