Milan’s 7th NavigaMI boat show opens

5-7 May. Sailors and motor boat enthusiasts throng the Darsena.

Amateur sailors, boat builders, accessory providers, sailing school and charter operators will throng the recently revamped Darsena and Naviglio Grande from 5 to 7 May for the major Italian show for sailing and powered boats up to 12 metres overall length, to see and even try out the most recent models.

Milan is Italy’s city with the highest number of boat licences issued, making the annual NavigaMI boat show an important appointment for enthusiasts and professionals, open free to the public.

Over 80 boats from around 70 exhibitors will be on show from 10.00 to 23.00 on all three days of NavigaMI, which in past editions has attracted up to 100,000 visitors.

The exhibition will also host the NavigaMI Kids area for 6-15 year olds, with free lessons of elementary sailing technique, knots, rafting, canoeing, and even a sailing simulator. Qualified instructors will be on hand to introduce youngsters to every aspect of nautical sport. This section has attracted over 2,000 young participants in recent editions of the show.

NavigaMI has a proud history. Milan was the setting in 1961 for Italy’s first Salone Internazionale della Nautica. That exhibition moved to Genoa in 1962 to become the Salone Nautico, but Milan revived the tradition in April 2010 and has maintained the primacy for boats up to 12 metres ever since.