If the winter is starting to get to you, you can dream of warmer days cruising, fishing or enjoying family leisure time while checking out the Toronto International Boat Show 2012 at the Direct Energy Centre from January 14-22, 2012. You’ll not only be able to visit over 500 vendors including sail and power boat manufacturers, classic and antique boat sellers, local marinas, boating associations, Ontario yacht clubs and tourist boards, but you’ll get a chance to hear about the dynamic experiences of Zac Sunderland who was the first person under 18 to sail solo around the world, as well as his sister, Abby, whose attempt to do the same thing was thwarted when her boat was rolled by a rogue wave. Other boating information seminars at the Toronto International Boat Show include:
- Derek Hatfield will discuss his experiences representing Canada in three, single-handed around the world races
- Sean Fisher will share stories of Mel Fisher’s treasure hunts including the Key West discovery of the Atocha, a 17th century Spanish galleon that was carrying a half a billion dollars in gold, silver and emeralds
- Wally Moran, who cruises south to the Bahamas from Lake Huron, will share his tips for sailing along the Intracoastal Waterway
- Mary MacLeod, a fair-weather sailor, will discuss what did and didn’t work during her year-long cruise with her sailing enthusiast husband
- John Hosty will discuss buoyage, knot-tying and sailboat docking
- Herb Thomas will provide tips to increase your weather knowledge.
The kids will enjoy visiting the Kids’ Boating and Fishing Zone where they can catch live trout or paddle boat, canoe or kayak on the Mini-Lake, the world’s largest indoor lake at Ricoh Coliseum. The Mini-Lake is also the scene of wakeboarding where world class wakeboarders Shaun Murray (January 14 and 15) and Reed Hanson (January 21 and 22) will demonstrate their skills.
Attend the Special Preview Night with proceeds supporting children’s charities on Friday, January 13, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and mingle with Canada’s boating Olympic athletes including Marnie McBean, Tyler Bjorn, Michael Forgeron and Oskar Johansson, as well as enjoy a live auction and live music. Tickets are $100 and include food stations, three drink tickets and free return admission to the boat show on any other day.