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HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2016 Kicks Off…

YachtMedia reports from:  The opening ceremony of this year’s HISWA Boat Show, which traditionally signals the start of the boating season in Northern climes. This year it was used as a platform to honour the association’s past Managing Director, and to welcome the new incumbent to the job.

Andre Vink who has served HISWA for 32 years before handing over the reins to Geert Dijks in 2015, was presented with the Gouden Waterhoend (Golden Moorhen) Award for his valued services to the Dutch boating industry.

Geert Dijks himself, addressed a large crowd during the ceremony, which went onto announce the winners of the HISWA product of the year, and the best motor and sailing yachts of the year, as judged by an independent panel of experts led by Martin de Jager.

The Aluqa Abalone 28 from Aluqa Exclusive Boats was named Powerboat of the Year, and the Hanse 315 from West Yachting was elected  Sailboat of the Year. For the HISWA Product of the Year awards the prize went to the VolansCOASTAL  entered by Volans Rowing & Sailing.

HISWA Motorboat of the Year
The Aluqa Abalone 28 was declared by the jury as “a brilliantly finished boat with very elaborate details and a sexy look, which is both solidly built and speedy.” Other nominations were the Boarncruiser 1200 Elegance, the Lillebror 78, the Spoker Saloon and the Super Lauwersmeer Evolve OC.

HISWA Sailboat of the Year
The Hanse 315  was said by Martin de Jager to be, “a sailboat with a good finish, a spacious cockpit, lots of comforts and a surprisingly good sailing performance . In short, a hit! “Also nominated were the Dragonfly 25, Italia 9.98 and Maxi 1200.

HISWA Product of the Year
Under the leadership of deputy jury chairman Guido de Groot, the jury voted the VolansCOASTAL of Volans Rowing & Sailing a unanimous winner from six nominations for the Product of the Year 2016 award.   It was said that this concept was very well thought out, and  brings a new dimension to the sport of rowing. And very importantly the product with its affordable pricing makes boating accessible to a wider audience. This it is hoped can increase the number of active boaters taking to the water. ch HISWA  are committed to bringing back this growth and attracting a new generation of boaters in what has been a shrinking water sports market in the Netherlands for several years since now.  The five other nominations were:  iRig, Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 4.0 FP and FP, Quantum ™ Wireless CHIRP radar, Load Bearing Collar – Cuff and Spinlock Lume-On, admire.

About the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show
HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show is the largest water sports event in the Netherlands and is fascinating for every water sports enthusiast. The fair is the ideal time to start the new sailing season and is on from 16th to 20th March at RAI Amsterdam.

More information can be found via the website http://www.hiswarai.nl on Twitter (Twitter.com/HISWAamsterdam) and Facebook (Facebook.com/HISWAamsterdam) .

Above: Andre Vink – winner of the Gouden Waterhoen Award.


Above:  The VolansCOASTAL

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