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Sail away at Japan Boat Show

by Ahmed Meselhy Ragab

The Japan Boating Industry Association (JBIA) has docked in Yokohama to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The Japan International Boat Show is taking place at Pacifico Yokohama and is a must-see for boat lovers who will get to experience everything from lectures on how to fish from a boat to charity auctions.

A total of 147 boats are set to be featured, along with the latest technology in sailing.

The JBIA plans to display 18 new boat models in addition to currently popular ones. Vessel sizes range from 1.8 meters to a roomy 18 meters.

In all, 169 companies and interest groups are taking part in the exhibition and many will host booths to display their wares, which will include fishing bows, hats, jackets and other nautical goodies.

The JBIA will also display Aeolus, a boat being used in a current global marathon. Aeolus is currently in Japan for maintenance.

At this boat show there are also certain activities aimed at children to teach them how sailors live. Activities will include quizzes, workshops and games. There will also be prizes available for some lucky children.

The Japan International Boat Show takes place at Pacifico Yokohama (Halls B,C and D), until March 7. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is ¥1,000 for those of high school age and older. Admission is free for younger people. For more information, visit www.marine-jbia.or.jp or call (03) 3567-6707