A MARITIME showcase like no other,this year’s event runs from today until Sunday, September 25.

Combining the ultimate in sailing luxury with a fun-packed programme of events to keep the whole family entertained, the show is now in its 43rd year and promises a heady mix of multi-million pound vessels, action-packed on-water entertainment and a host of shoreside events during a ten-day boating extravaganza.

Now firmly cemented as the country’s leading outdoor boat show,it packs a lot into one of Europe’s largest purpose-built marinas.

The network of pontoons boasts everything from the latest Sunseeker motor boats to the more modest kayaks and dinghies and everything in between.

The show favourites are back for another year including Try A Boat.

From RIBs to powerboats and sailing yachts – there will be a test drive for everybody. Or if your thing is more underwater,there is the opportunity to go scuba diving with Try A Dive.

Take advantage of free dinghy sailing lessons for kids aged from eight to 16 with Get Afloat or dress up for Ladies Day, where all ladies have the chance to win the ‘best dressed lady’ title in association with the Daily Echo.

On the menu is an Oyster Festival which is being billed as the first interactive show of its kind as chefs carry out daily demonstrations.

Visitors will have the opportunity to taste a variety of oysters free-of-charge, while experts will be giving out top tips on the best way to eat them, where to get them and the challenges facing the industry in the UK.

Staying on the culinary vibe Michelin-star chef Shaun Rankin will be cooking up a storm in the Sea Kitchen with fresh fish at the heart of the menu.

A new feature this year gives visitors the chance to meet top authors from the boating world in an Author’s Live event.

Real boating enthusiasts can also quiz the experts during boat clinics.

There is plenty of action on the water too with a daily flotilla parade of modern, vintage and iconic boats cruising past. Vessels include Gypsy Moth IV,Torpedalo, the extreme Banana Shark and Second World War boat Medusa.

For further details, visit southamptonboatshow.