GAC Pindar announced as the new sponsor of The Shipyard at the 2024 Southampton International Boat Show
25 April 2024

The Shipyard: A fusion of festival vibes, music, and culinary delights
and introducing late night opening!

British Marine, organisers of the Southampton International Boat Show, proudly announces GAC Pindar, the marine leisure, sports and event logistics division at GAC Group, as the new official sponsor of The Shipyard for its 2024 edition.

This collaboration marks GAC Pindar’s return to British Marine membership and heralds a fresh wave of excitement and synergy between the show's organisers and one of the most respected names in marine services, coming together to bring an even more vibrant and engaging Shipyard experience to show visitors.

The Shipyard, first introduced in 2023, brought a brand-new festival vibe to the show, where visitors could relax, enjoy scrumptious street food, and be entertained by a diverse musical lineup of DJ sets and live performances. The addition of big screens for live sports ensured visitors didn’t miss any action, making it the perfect place to reflect on a fantastic day at the show while soaking up the festival atmosphere.

Cuban Brother - Southampton International Boat Show 2023

It quickly became the heart of the show and this year, The Shipyard, delivered by GAC Pindar, is poised to transform into an electrifying hub of entertainment that's bigger and better than ever before! Prepare for even more sensational live music and the thrill of more live sporting events, all in one vibrant location. And there's even better news: thanks to the generous sponsorship of GAC Pindar, The Shipyard will extend its revelry until 9pm on both Saturday 14 and Saturday 21 September, offering guests extra hours to immerse themselves in the excitement of the show.

The Shipyard - Southampton International Boat Show 2023

GAC Pindar's sponsorship of The Shipyard is an exciting development for the Southampton International Boat Show. Their return to British Marine membership and their backing for this dynamic area of the show represents a powerful alliance. This sponsorship not only elevates The Shipyard's festive vibe, featuring live music, a diverse range of street food, live sports screenings and an abundance of entertainment, but also supports us in keeping the Shipyard gates open later on both Saturdays allowing visitors even more time to revel in a maritime celebration like no other."

Mark Ring Head of Events at British Marine

We operate at the forefront of global marine leisure, sports and event logistics, and have been a part of the sailing industry for decades. Supporting the Southampton International Boat Show is a perfect opportunity to showcase our freight forwarding capabilities to visitors and exhibitors alike. Adding our name to The Shipyard reflects our passion for the maritime industry and our commitment to the marine leisure community we serve. It is a fantastic addition to the show, and we are proud to contribute to its success."

Andrew Pindar Founder of GAC Pindar
Credit - GAC Pindar and Amalia Infante

Martin Molloy, Head of GAC Pindar, explains GAC Pindar will be running free logistics health checks to British Marine members and exhibitors during the show. “Our logistics specialism extends throughout the world. UK importers and exporters can tap into our freight forwarding expertise with GAC experts on hand to answer questions and discuss new solutions to meet your logistics requirements.”

Martin Molloy Head of GAC Pindar

With enhancements at every turn, The Shipyard, is not just a space within the boat show; it's a destination that brings together the essence of a festival – so get ready for unforgettable days and nights packed with more fun, more action, and more memories at The Shipyard!

Visit the Southampton International Boat Show website or follow our social media channels for details of the Shipyard music line-up as they are announced.

About Southampton International Boat Show

The Southampton International Boat Show is the UK's largest boating and water sports festival. Celebrating everything boating, the show offers a unique blend of family entertainment, retail opportunities, and live music, making it an unmissable event in the marine calendar.

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You can also make a donation to this year’s show charity when purchasing your tickets.  This year we are delighted to be working with the Southampton Hospitals Charity and their Light the South art trail to raise funds for Southampton Children's Hospital, one of the top children's hospitals in the UK. Your donation will help transform the facilities and hospital experience for young patients, deliver vital support for families and continue life-changing research to keep your children's hospital truly world class.

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The show is open from 10am – 6pm daily except on the final Sunday when the show will close at 5pm.  The Shipyard will remain open until 9pm on both Saturday 14 and Saturday 21 September.

Visit the website or follow our social channels for all the latest show updates.