Seattle Boat Show Opens with a Splash On January 25, 2013

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Big fun at the big show with wine and beer tastings and daily aerial acrobatic performances. ‘Splash’ - the new aerial, acrobatic show - features some of Seattle’s most talented aerialists and acrobats.

"Splash" the new aerial, acrobatic show at the 2013 Seattle Boat Show includes a triple trapeze quartet act based on the grand film era of synchronized swimming. Photo by Michelle Bates

Sure there are boats and accessories galore and all the latest technology at the Big Seattle Boat Show. That’s why people travel from more than 40 states, 6 Canadian provinces and as far away as Dubai to attend the show, the largest boat show on the West Coast with two locations, indoors and on the water. But this year’s show also includes many entertainment options, bound to please showgoers and add an extra incentive for attending and lingering at the show. Events include Seattle Boat Show Uncorked on Opening Night, (Washington wines available for tasting throughout the show), Sails and Ales on the second Friday (a tasting of Northwest craft beers), and “Splash”, daily aerial acrobatic performances above the boats in the West Hall. The Seattle Boat Show opens on Friday January 25th at 11am and continues for 10 days through Sunday, February 3rd 2013.

“Splash” consists of three separate acrobatic performances high above the boats in the West Hall at CenturyLink Event Center. The daily nautical-themed performances will feature some of Seattle’s most talented aerialists and acrobats doing Cirque du Soleil-style aerial work. There won’t be a bad seat in the house as all the boats in the West Hall will serve as viewing platforms as will the boater’s lounge on the mezzanine level. Performances are Monday –Thursday at 6:30 pm, Fridays at 7:00 pm and Saturdays and Sunday, January 27th at 3:00 pm. No performance will be held on Sunday, February 3rd.

Splash Lineup:
•The Triple Trapeze Quartet. Based on the grand film era of synchronized swimming, this triple trapeze piece incorporates synchronized dance and acrobatic work by four of Seattle’s leading aerialists on a three-section trapeze. The women are costumed in 1930s style cherry red swim suits with an Esther Williams flair.

•Mermaid on Cloud Swing. She frolics, spins, rolls and swings, mesmerizing the crowd with the unattainable beauty of the mermaid. Mythical and powerful, she is equally at home hanging by her toes or her neck, cascading in a series of spins around the rope or and resting in the rocking of the sea.

•Drunken Sailor. Every sailor is trained to tie ropes into knots, but this sailor has been carousing on shore or drinking double strength grog, and he can't seem to tell up from down, nor manage to keep his feet on the deck. It's a breath stopping solo skill act on a vertical rope. It's a comic tour de force between the sailor and the crowd. It's a fabulous balance of strength, flexibility, and humor, as the sailor tries to climb the ropes and not fall to the deck.

Seattle Boat Show Uncorked, Opening Night, Friday January 25, 5pm – 9pm
This year the show kicks off with a festive bang. On opening night a selection of premium Northwest wineries will be on hand at CenturyLink Field Event Center showcasing their wares and answering questions. Cabernet and a cruiser or Sauvignon Blanc and a sailboat? Take your pick! Nine tasting stations will be set up throughout the indoor location, offering wines from 10 different Washington wineries. Tasting tickets and a souvenir wine glass will be available for purchase at the show or online.

Sails and Ales – Friday February 1, 5 pm – 9pm
What better combination than hops and props? That's what the Seattle Boat Show has on tap for its first ever Sails & Ales Craft Beer Night, February 1st, at CenturyLink Field. Showgoers will be able to cruise the show with ale in hand and enjoy the best of NW beers and boats. Tasting tickets are extra and include a souvenir beer glass to remember the evening.

Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat. Know Before You Go

Friday, January 25 – Sunday, February 3, 2013

CenturyLink Field Event Center                        
800 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle    

South Lake Union
901 Fairview Avenue N, Seattle
Free shuttle running continuously between both locations

CenturyLink Field Event Center                 
Monday - Thursday: 11 am - 8 pm            
Fridays: 11 am - 9 pm                                            
Saturdays: 10 am - 8 pm                                            
Sundays: 10 am - 6 pm*    

South Lake Union    
Weekdays: 11 a.m. - 5 pm        
Weekends: 10 am - 5 pm*                    

  • The show will close at 4pm on Sunday, February 3rd

Adults: $12; Youth (11-17): $5
5-day BIG pass: $24
Uncorked: $27 (includes souvenir glass and tasting tokens)
Monday – Thursday after 5pm: $8
Kids 10 & under: Free

Show photos available at
Splash photos available on request


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