4th Annual Cabo Marine Show Exceeds Expectations
The Cabo Marine Show proved why it’s the biggest nautical-themed exhibition on the west coast of Mexico, drawing large numbers of visitors from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico for free weekend festivities that included showcases for top nautical and marine products and services, and live nightly entertainment from local musicians.
The show was held May 1-4 at IGY Marina in central Cabo San Lucas, directly behind the Wyndham Los Cabos, with exhibitor tents lining the boardwalk, and an impressive collection of gleaming vessels dressing up the adjoining docks. It’s estimated that upwards of 4,000 people attended this year’s show, suggesting the 4th annual incarnation of the nautical expo was the biggest and best yet.
The four-day fest was kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday morning, with appearances by Baja California Secretary of Tourism Ruben Reachi and Cabo Marine Show founder Sergio Igartua. Over 50 local, national, and international companies were represented at the show, including marine heavyweights like Azimut, Bertram, Beneteau, Fairline, Sea-Doo, Suzuki and Mercury Marine, and local sponsors and exhibitors such as Earth, Sea & Sky Vacations, Cabo Riviera Golf & Marina, Synergy Marketing & PR, The Old Town Art Gallery by El Encanto, FONATUR Port Authority and IGY Marinas, as well as Baja.com.
As always, amidst the impressive array of boats, gadgets and gear, and there were several things that had everyone talking. One was the Spirit of 2010, a spectacular 120′ luxury yacht with a height equivalent to a four-story building. This state-of-the-art motor vessel is currently the largest boat available for charter in Los Cabos – it’s operated locally by Synergy – and one of Thursday’s highlights was a media tour to Land’s End and The Arch aboard this sybaritic mega-yacht. Short and long-term charters are now available, ranging from sunset sails to the highest of high-end snorkel, kayak, and fishing trips.
Also generating buzz were exhibition flights with the Cabo Jet Pack. The future is finally here, it seems, and this new activity allows visitors to fly, turn, hover, and actually walk on water. So in addition to the typical parade of stand up paddle boards, surf boards, kayaks, pangas, high-speed inflatables, fishing boats, sailboats, parasailers, and luxury catamarans, expect Cabo San Lucas Bay to also prove popular with those who prefer walk-on-water sports. Judging from the reception at the Cabo Marine Show, Cabo Jet Pack’s are going to be one of the area’s most popular new activities options.
Other big news at the show was made by Bisbee’s, who for the first time accepted early bird registrations for their Los Cabos Offshore and Black & Blue Tournaments. The Black & Blue is the world’s richest fishing tournament, with million dollar plus jackpots awarded to winners each October. Bisbee’s partnership with the Cabo Marine Show was a big reason this year’s event was such a success. These are two of the biggest names in Los Cabos maritime circles, and the bright future for tourism and sport fishing is attributable in large part to events like the Cabo Marine Show and Bisbee’s trio of local tournaments: East Cape Offshore, Los Cabos Offshore, and the famed Black & Blue.
No word yet on dates for the 5th Annual Cabo Marine Show, but as soon as they’re announced, we’ll let you know what you need to circle on your calendar. It’s going to be tough to exceed this year’s showing, but expect that the event will continue to get bigger and better as Sergio Igartua, MAA+ Eventos and Synergy strive to make this the biggest nautical exhibition in all of Mexico.
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Images courtesy of Cabo Marine Show, Cabo Jet Packs, Spirit Yacht Charters, and Chris Sands.
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