And ladies go free today!

The Belgium Boat Show, now underway in Gent, is an easy way to see some of the best Continental manufacturers.

The Flanders town is just 20 minutes train ride from Brussels, itself within easy reach via Eurostar, and is also a great place to spend a weekend!

If you happen to be in the area today (Valentine’s Day), entrance is free for all women, but otherwise it is ?7.

With five exhibition halls and 220 exhibitors in the power and sail fields, the show offers something for all-comers.

Also making a splash is Flanders Offshore Racing, one of the success stories of the 2006 P1 World Championship. The team is promoting the P1 powerboat series.

The show runs until 18 February. For more information visit www.belgianboatshow.com