Exhibition moving to Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth and opening to all boats up to 45ft



The boat show formally known as RIBEX has undergone some big changes for 2012 – it’s now known as The Powerboat and RIB Show, will be held at Gunwharf Quays and will be free to visit.

The 13-year-old event has previously been held in Weymouth, Southampton and Cowes, but organisers are hoping a move to Gunwharf in Portsmouth will “elevate it to the next level”.

With the name change comes a change in focus; instead of just RIBs, this year the show, on from May 11-13, is opening to all powerboats up to 45ft

And with free entry, organisers said they’re expecting between 80,000-100,000 visitors.

Organiser Hugo Montgomery-Swan said: “This is an incredibly exciting time and both the change of name and free entry really marks a huge step in the evolution of the show.

“The new venue will be a great benefit to visitors, who will be able to take advantage of Gunwharf Quays’ many shops, restaurant and entertainment venues while they are at the show.”

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