The weekend of 18 to 20 October 2019 promises to be heaps of fun for the whole family in the V&A Waterfront. Discounted Aquarium tickets, South Africa's largest boat show, the only urban canal race in Africa and an amazing kids' sculpture competition - there's something for everyone. 

Cape Town International Boat Show

The Cape Town International Boat Show is South Africa's premier boating and luxury lifestyle event. Now in its 19th year, the show will take place from 18 to 20 October in the V&A Waterfront.

Cape Town International Boat Show will enjoy 10% off Two Oceans Aquarium day tickets from 18 to 20 October - just show us your Boat Show armband at the ticket office*! *This special offer can't be redeemed in conjunction with any other promotional offers. Only valid upon presentation of official Cape Town International Boat Show armband. Only one day ticket discount per armband. 

Get your Boat Show tickets here.

The 2019 Cape Town International Boat Show continues its legacy as the leading boating and ocean recreation show in Africa - and is now promising to be bigger and better than ever! More than 70 luxury boats will be on display, 150 exhibits will be showing off exciting innovations in maritime fun, eight new interactive experiences will be open to the expected 10 000 visitors to this exciting 3-day event.

In addition to a display of the world’s finest yachts, catamarans and exotic boats, there will also be family fun and water sports activities such as The Great Optimist Race with Greg Bertish and The Little Optimist Trust, SUP races, FlyBoarding demonstrations, motorised surfboards and boatloads more.

Great Optimist Race

The Great Optimist Race 2019 will be held on 19 October, during the Cape Town International Boat Show. Between 35 and 40 Optimist Children’s dinghies will be raced by local celebrities, athletes and members of industry to raise money and awareness for the charity of their choice. The event will take place at the V&A Waterfront so come down to support your boat and see who walks away with the coveted trophy.

You can support the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation Optimist dinghy in The Great Optimist Race and help them not only make it first across the finishing line, but also onto the Fundraising Leaderboard. 

In 2018, Two Oceans Aquarium Curator Maryke Musson took part in The Great Optimist Race, and had a blast! Credit: The Little Optimist

Back our Boat in the 2019 Great Optimist Race! Help us raise money for our charity as we go head to head with 35 other Little Optimists in the most unique charity event of the year - the Great Optimist Race. Every boat will be sailing to raise money for their chosen charity and the Little Optimist Trust. Every donation, no matter how big or small, will help kids survive and thrive!

The Aquarium's own Ashwyn Davis will be sailing to raise funds for the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation – a registered non-profit Public Benefit Organisation focusing on ocean education, conservation and research. From disentangling harbour seals and rescuing and releasing stranded turtles, to reaching thousands of children every year through outreach programmes, the Foundation aims to foster love for the ocean and to inspire generations of ocean champions to come. Please support this Backabuddy campaign.

Waterfront Canal Challenge

The Waterfront Canal Challenge is Africa’s only urban canal swimming event. On 19 October 2019 in the V&A Waterfront’s Battery Park Precinct, swimmers will take part in 1600m and 800m open water swims, starting at Battery Park, and following a circular route past the One and Only Hotel finishing back at Battery Park. The swim offers categories for both wetsuit and skins swimmers of all ages.

WHERE: V&A Waterfront’s Battery Park Precinct, Cape Town 8001

WHEN: 19 October 2019. The invitation-only Elite 1-mile will begin at 12h30 and the remaining waves of 1-mile and 800m swims will commence at 09h30. Awards will be presented during the morning with the final Theodore Memorial Trophy at 13h30.

Art from Trash competition

One of the goals of the Waterfront Canal Challenge is to raise awareness about the plastic pollution crisis and how the public can assist. High schools and primary schools are invited to participate in an “Art from Trash” competition. This initiative, supported by the Two Oceans Aquarium, is yet another interactive way for families to enjoy the day out.

What are you waiting for?

This sure looks like three days of fun in the V&A Waterfront and, with discounted tickets, your family fun can continue at the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Purchase your Boat Show tickets here.

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