Feb 18, 2014

Helsinki International Boat Show 2014

This years HIBS was not particularly a festival of sailing boats. The number of boats in the show was quite small compared to previous years and most of the boats on the show had been presented already in the previous boat shows.


On the other hand, the lecture program was perhaps stronger than ever. I visited the show last weekend, when Jimmy Cornell held lectures on Voyage planning in the age of electronic charts and Climate change and its impact on offshore sailing and voyage planning. 

Cornell is of course the founder of ARC, he has written many world cruising books and has sailed over 200.000 miles in all oceans of the world, so this guy definitely knows what he is talking about.



There would have been many more interesting lectures and cruising stories, but unfortunately I only had a chance to visit the show on the last saturday of the boat show week.

Apart from Jimmy Cornell's lecture, the most interesting thing in the boat show was surprisingly a RC controlled multicopter. One can also attach a GoPro camera to this drone, which I think, would definitely give plenty of new and interesting possibilities for sailing photography/filming. Maybe something to consider for the next season...
/Antti

Xc 38, one of the finest boats in the show. 

A Finnish built Sailjet 40 has a bit different concept: when the wind dies or turns to headwind, it is time to start the engine – with almost 300 hp engine her max speed under power is about 20 kts!

Sailjet 40 has a sauna in the forepeak.

DJI Phantom2 multicopter