Crick Boat Show – Postponed

The Crick Boat Show was scheduled to take place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend, however because of the health advice regarding Covid-19 and the governments advice, the show has now been postponed.

The evolving public health advice regarding Covid-19 has been closely monitored and the protection of people’s health is paramount which is why the decision has been made to postpone. The Crick Boat Show team have already started to look at other dates later in the year so that the event can be rescheduled.

The Crick Boat Show is one of Britain’s biggest inland waterways show and Peter Jones, The Crick Boat Show Director made the following statement on Monday 16th March 2020:

“With Crick Boat Show scheduled to take place over the Late May Bank Holiday weekend, we have been closely monitoring the evolving public health advice regarding Covid-19 and the rapidly changing government plans.

The health of visitors, exhibitors, volunteers, contractors, suppliers and our staff is paramount and it has become clear that, with the currently projected duration of the Covid-19 outbreak, now is the right time for us to announce a postponement of the 2020 Show to later in the year.

We are aware that the Show is critical to many waterway-related businesses and the highlight of the waterways calendar for many visitors, and so we will be working hard to find a suitable alternative date. With around 40 key suppliers to work with on their availability we would ask for your support and patience while we evaluate all of the possibilities. We will make a further announcement on a re-scheduling as soon as possible.”

A new date for the show will be set later this year and a further announcement will be made as soon as possible.

Assist Insurance Services win Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award 2020

On the 21st January 2020, Assist Insurance Services Ltd won the Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers.

Assist Insurance Services Donate Star Prizes

Assist Insurance Services Ltd recently sponsored the Strawberry Island Boat Club annual duck race.  The Strawberry Island Boat Club are a premier boat club based on the South Yorkshire navigation at Doncaster and hold many events throughout the year.

We were contacted by the club to see if we would like to get involved and we were extremely proud to be sponsoring their duck race event which took place on Saturday 14th September 2019.  All attendee’s and boat owners of the Strawberry Island Boat Club received one of our re-usable cotton bags, which included things such as a floating keyring, pens and information about our tailored insurance policies for boat owners.  We also donated the star prizes for the winning ducks in the race that came in at 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.


The event was a huge success with lots of activities happening throughout the day on the marina and £500 was raised which goes to the boat club association.


Southampton Boat Show

The Southampton International Boat Show 2019 is an annual event that takes place at the Mayflower Park in Southampton.  Now in its 51st year, it’s one of the biggest festivals of boating and takes place from Friday 13th September to Sunday 22nd September 2019.

The Southampton Boat Show boasts some of the most luxurious and innovative boats, 100’s of exhibitors, expert talks, product launches and much more throughout the ten-day event.  Thousands of people visit the show each year, finding their passion for the water. You can experience sailing aboard a yacht or you can test the water with things such as stand-up paddle boarding or a high-speed RIB.

This year the marina has been expanded to accommodate more exhibitors, boats and on water activities than the previous year, so whether you are an expert or you have just discovered a lifestyle in the water, this is a show not to be missed.  There is plenty to enjoy, whether it is live music or interactive attractions, you can stroll around the show taking in the beauty of the marina or simply just enjoy the remaining summer sun in spectacular surroundings.

To find out more information about the Southampton International Boat show such as who is exhibiting, please click here.

Show Times

Friday 13th September to Saturday 21st September – 9.30 – 6.00pm daily

Sunday 22nd September 9.30 – 6.00pm

Mayflower Park
Town Quay
SO14 2AQ

Crick Boat Show Winners Confirmed

At the end of May this year, Assist Insurance attended the Crick Boat Show.  The Crick Boat Show was celebrating its 20th show this year and we were there to provide useful information about insuring your narrowboat, barge, widebeam, livaboard or inland waterways boat. As one of the UK’s leading leisure insurance companies, we also provide insurance for a range of other boats, such as motor cruisers, speed boats, yachts and dinghies so the Assist Insurance team were on hand to answer any questions.

We had the most beautiful weather throughout the days we were there and although one morning it did rain heavily for about half an hour, this was it and the event was a complete success.  Throughout the 3 days of the Crick Boat Show, the Assist Insurance team met both existing customers and potential new ones and lots of people brought their dogs, which was enjoyable for us too.

The Crick Boat Show this year was bigger and better than ever, with hundreds of boats to view. There were free boats trips, boat handling sessions and seminars to extend your knowledge about all things boating. There was also music, entertainment and plenty of food and drink options.

We were giving away goodie bags, which had a number of nice treats inside such as floating keyrings, notebooks, pens and our waterproof mobile phone holders with lanyards, which went down especially well.   Everyone who visited us at our stand collected their goodie bag and also had the opportunity to enter into our free prize draw, where we were giving away to one lucky winner one year’s free insurance for their boat.

The prize draw took pace on the 1st July and we are delighted to announce that the winner is…

Mr & Mrs Hilling, Congratulations!!

We contacted Mr & Mrs Hilling who were absolutely delighted to win this years prize draw, which is one years free insurance for their narrowboat.

We would like to thank everyone who came to the stand, entered the prize draw and had a chat with us.   We look forward to doing it all again next year.  For those of you who asked to be contacted when your boat insurance is due for renewal we will be in touch closer to your renewal date.

Until next year….

Lutine Lineslip Regatta 2019

Earlier this month, Assist Insurance Services Ltd once again took part in the Insurance industries Lutine Lineslip Regatta, which is a two-day prestigious sailing and social event for the insurance industry. With many of the insurance industries top insurers participating in this prestigious event, Assist were up against some tough opposition. Coupled with some very tough weather conditions cancelling any racing on the second day! However, with 4 races on the first day, the Assist team managed to achieve one first place, two seconds and a disappointing sixth position, resulted in the team securing second overall! Our Beneteau F40 ‘Lancelot II’ certainly served the team well!

The event has been held for the last 19 years and runs in conjunction with Lloyd’s of London, home of the most respected insurers in the UK.

This was designed as a fun and busy yet competitive couple of days and provides a good opportunity to network with industry peers, whilst also fundraising for a good cause. This year we were fundraising for the AHOY centre, a water sports based charity changing the lives of people and building life skills through sailing. AHOY provide opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk youths and work in the community to help others.

The 2019 Assist Insurance team were Steve Leech (Director) Kate Buckley (HR) Liam McWeeney  (Compliance), Dayle Williams (Customer Services) and sailing with Assist were: Tony Harris (KGM Underwriting Services), Olly Mays (Canopius), Gary Eastman (Bramptons) and Ian Collier (Tingdene Marinas).


The Crick Boat Show 2019

Yacht image

Lutine Regatta

In June we took part in the Lutine Lineslip Sailing Regatta – an annual event where teams from the insurance industry come together and compete over two days.

Our crew of eight, along with two professional skippers demonstrated our desire and ability to be the best, improving from third position out of eight boats on day one to winning our class in both races on day two.

The Assist Insurance team comprised Steve (Director) Liam from Compliance, Luke & Aaron from Sales and our guests: Tony (KGM Underwriting Services), Ian (Tingdene Marinas), Oliver & Danielle (Canopius).

The event was a great success and brilliant fun, bringing our dedicated team closer together in an exciting challenge. We wanted to reward some of the staff, suppliers and strategic partners who have really helped us build Assist Insurance into one of the fastest growing providers of boat insurance in the UK, and to meet some of our competitors in a more social environment. It was also designed to give some of our staff a better understanding of competitive sailing and boat management so that they have a better understanding of boat ownership and relate to our many boat-owning customers.

The boat we chartered was Rocket Dog II, a Beneteau First 40 yacht – perfect for a crew including novice sailors with its balanced keel and rig, but still responsive, fast and exciting to sail. Many thanks to the team at Britannia Events who organised the regatta and helped to raise money for a worthwhile cause.

Crick Boat Show

Thank you for coming to see us at the Crick Boat Show

Thank you to everyone who came to the Assist Insurance stand at the Crick Boat Show at the weekend. We had three days of beautiful warm and sunny weather – with the exception of torrential rain on Sunday evening! The show coped well with the conditions but there were some traffic issues on the Monday morning. All in all it was a very successful show and everyone we spoke to really enjoyed it. There were some fabulous canal boats on display; ranging from narrow boats to wide beam and liveaboards; historic and vintage canal boats to modern boats with high-spec finishes and the latest technology. The seminar programme and entertainment were also very popular.

For those of you who have requested we contact you regarding your boat insurance, we are currently working through all of your enquiries and we’ll be in touch before your current insurance policy is due for renewal.

The winner of our FREE prize draw will be announced on the 30th June when our competition closes, enabling those who wanted to enter online can still do so. And the prize? A year’s free insurance for their boat.

The whole team at Assist Insurance worked hard both before and during the show to make sure it was a success. We met lots of lovely people and gave out over 1,500 goody bags, notepads and our popular floating keyrings. And we have attached some photos of the show for you all to enjoy!

We’re looking forward to next year, when the show celebrates its 20th anniversary – see you there!

Crick Boat Show image 2017

Come and see us at the Crick Boat Show this Bank Holiday

Assist Insurance Services will be at the Crick Boat Show again this year. The show is open to the public over the spring Bank Holiday weekend at the Crick Marina.

There are lots of things to do this year, whether you’re a seasoned boat owner a part-time sailor or you just want to dip your toe in the water! There are free boat trips, fascinating seminars and colourful historic boats to see as well as a raft of activities for your children to enjoy.

If you do make it to the show, be sure to look out for our stand (ww 78-79). We have staff available all weekend to help you with your insurance queries.

Plus, if you’re looking for a way to keep your keys safe on the water, ask us for one of our popular floating key fobs! We’ve also got a goodie bags to give away as well. (Free whilst stocks last.)

‘We’re hoping for great weather this weekend,’ says Steve Leech, Director, Assist Insurance, ‘but whatever happens the Crick Boat show is always a vibrant place to be with lots to see and do. We are delighted to be supporting the show again this year and we hope to see you there.’

For more information about the Crick Boat show, including opening times and admission costs, visit