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As reported earlier, the Southampton International Boat Show opens today with key Irish marine firms in attendance over the next week and more.

Joining them will be X-Yachts GB & IRL, who have a significant presence as highlighted here last month.

The latest in the Pure X range, the all new X4⁰, is on display along with the UK premiere of the X4⁶ and the popular X4³.

Find X-Yachts at stand M452 during the Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow a Boat, which takes place at Mayflower Park from today, Friday 13 September, to Sunday 22 September.

Click HERE for details of how to how to reserve a personal tour of an X-Yacht during the show.

Published in X-Yachts GB & IRL

British rowing champion, double Olympic gold medallist and new star of Strictly Come Dancing, James Cracknell OBE, will co-headline Britain’s biggest festival of boating this year when it opens this morning at the Southampton International Boat Show.

A number of key Irish marine firms are attending the show and among them are leading yacht brokers MGM Boats of Dun Laoghaire with their extensive brokerage stand as well as having a presence on the Jeanneau stands. Also in Southampton are X Yachts Great Britain and Ireland and the Greystones Headquartered BJ Marine on the Beneteau stands.

Cracknell will be joined by TV personality and fitness entrepreneur, Lucy Mecklenburgh, for the Official Show Opening this Friday (13 September) at 11am. Together they will help kick off 10 days of incredible fun at one of the world’s premier nautical events.

Celebrating the lifestyle, fun and excitement that being on the water has to offer, this year’s event is set to welcome a line-up of thrilling entertainment alongside family-friendly attractions. Europe’s largest purpose-built marina will feature hundreds of stunning boats for visitors to hop on and off, completing the experience.

James Cracknell comments: “I’m delighted to be opening the 51st Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow A Boat. I’ve spent most of my life on the water, both competitively and for fun. From kayaking on the river and making rafts with mates to holiday inflatables and surfboards in the sea, the water is an amazing place to be.

“The Boat Show aims to get thousands of people out on the water during the 10 days of the event. There are loads of brilliant activities which are completely free of charge, offering really easy access for anyone to enjoy the open water.”

Lesley Robinson, British Marine CEO, adds: “We’re delighted to welcome James Cracknell OBE and Lucy Mecklenburgh to the Show this year. Attracting thousands of watersports enthusiasts, whether beginners or seasoned professionals, this year’s Show offers a fantastic day out for friends and family. There are a host of new features on offer for 2019, setting this global-leading event on course for another fantastic year.”

Also joining the line-up of famous faces is professional surfer and Love Island 2019 star, Lucie Donlan, who will be taking to the water this Saturday (14 September) to revel in the fantastic on-water experiences on offer at the Show.

There will also be a host of sailing personalities appearing across the 10 days sharing their personal experiences of life on the water. This includes Dee Caffari MBE, Helena Lucas MBE, Pip Hare, Conrad Humphreys, Mike Golding and Conrad Manning, as well as global social media influencers, Sailing Uma and SV Delos.

While on the Show’s new Foredeck Stage, an array of legendary boating experts will be joining visitors to share skilful insights and savvy top tips. This includes Tom Cunliffe, Stokey Woodall, Sam Llewellyn, Rod Heikell and Max Liberson, plus many more.

It’s expected that more than 15,000 people will take to the water across the full 10 days of the Show, with numerous free activities to enjoy, including paddleboarding, dinghy sailing and mini cruises. Additional features include live music and interactive attractions.

The Show will run from Friday 13 September to Sunday 22 September 2019. Tickets are available to purchase from the Show website:

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MGM Boats have a busy September ahead with full sales teams attending the Cannes and Southampton boat shows.

The Dun Laoghaire international yacht brokers will be at the Southampton International Boat Show from next Friday 13 to Sunday 22 September, exhibiting on the Prestige Yachts and Jeanneau’s sail and powerboat stands for the full 10 days.

Interested buyers are invited to book a viewing appointment before you travel — a list of boats on display is available HERE.

MGM Boats will also have their brokerage stand in the usual spot (E096) where they will be exhibiting their full range of brokerage listings.

If you have a boat to sell, get in touch with [email protected] so MGM Boats can prepare the specification for display.

MGM Boats Soton Brokerage Stand

Ahead of Southampton, MGM Boats will attend the Cannes Yachting Festival from next Tuesday 10 to Sunday 15 September for the first show of the yachting season.

The brokers are exhibiting on the Prestige Yachts stand, with Jeanneau’s sail and powerboats, and on the Lagoon Catamarans stand. The full range for viewing can be found HERE.

Gerry Salmon, Ross O’Leary and Joss Walsh will be available to show you over a host of new models for 2020.

Cannes is a very busy event so many making an advance appointment is highly recommended for your choice of boat.

To make a viewing appointment or for further information on the boats displayed, contact [email protected]

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Recently announced were the finalists for the inaugural Maritime UK Awards which will be held next month during the Southampton Boat Show.

According to the British Ports Association (BPA) the winners will be announced in front of 400 of the industry’s finest at a ceremony in Southampton on Thursday 19 September.

Included in the list of finalists are a number of UK ports among them Afloat adds the Port of Dover as previously reported.

The awards focus on a wide range of areas including business growth, innovation, sustainability, diversity, education and the future.

The finalists from the ports sector are as follows:
• Port of Dover for the International Trade Award - awarded to businesses that are actively involved in international trade and have significantly increased their import/export activity or attracted Foreign Direct Investment
• Port of Cromarty Firth, Port of Dover and Associated British Ports for the Sustainability Award - awarded to organisations that demonstrate exceptional true commitment to sustainability
• Port of Tyne for the 2050 Award - awarded to businesses that are taking steps to capitalise upon the opportunities presented within the Government’s Maritime 2050 strategy launched earlier this year
• Port of Cromarty Firth for the Coastal Powerhouse Award - awarded to those organisations that have proven themselves as a driver or catalyst for growth within a coastal community

British Ports Association members Royal Haskoning and Hill Dickinson are also both finalists for the Employer of the Year Award.

Commenting on yesterday’s announcement, Sara Walsh, Corporate Services Manager at the British Ports Association said: “We are delighted to see a number of UK ports being shortlisted in the first ever Maritime UK Awards. The ports industry plays a vital role in our economy, facilitating over 95% off the UK’s international trade. As demonstrated by the number of ports who are finalists for the Awards, the sector provides important hubs of regional and nationally significant economic activity and employment, often in areas of deprivation.

To see all three finalists of the Sustainability Award being ports (Port of Cromarty Firth, Port of Dover and Associated British Ports) is a testament to the UK ports sector and what we have achieved to deliver a true commitment to improve sustainability. We are continuing to advise on how Government can work with industry to deliver further improvements and we are committed to supporting sustainability and decarbonisation, having produced our first Sustainability Charter last year.

Published in Ports & Shipping

X-Yachts will have a significant presence at the upcoming Southampton International Boat Show, with two UK premieres from its Pure X range.

Leading the class is the all new X4⁰, the latest model in the Pure X range — blending quality, performance and styling with cruising capability — which was recently put through its paces in sea trials.

The two-cabin, one-heads option will be on display and available for test sailing after the show.

Another UK premiere (on display in its three-cabin, two-heads version) will be the X4⁶, a versatile, fast family cruiser with a powerful sail plan and well proportioned cockpit that puts you at the centre of the sailing experience.

X Yachts X46

Also on show (in its three-cabin, two-heads version) will be the X4³, the second model in the Pure X range, aimed at the discerning sailor and their crew.

X Yachts X43

Click HERE to reserve a personal tour of an X-Yacht during the Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow a Boat, which takes place at Mayflower Park from Friday 13 September to Sunday 22 September.

Published in X-Yachts GB & IRL

Nearly a quarter of all children in Great Britain — a whopping 2.28 million — have never been swimming in the ocean, and 35% have never been in a boat on the sea.

That’s according to new research commissioned by the Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow A Boat, to analyse children’s understanding and experiences of the sea.

Survey findings show that almost one in three (27%) UK children aged five to 16 also don’t know that the Earth’s surface is primarily covered by water.

Some 23% of eight to 10 year olds also think that frogs live in the sea, while 31% of those aged five to seven don’t know that seahorses live in the ocean.

Many also struggle to identify famous bodies of water, with almost one in five (18%) only recognising Amazon as an online shop and not the largest river by volume in the world.

Lesley Robinson, chief executive at British Marine, organisers of the Southampton International Boat Show, said: “We’re delighted that the majority of UK children are growing up with experiences and memories of the sea, but it’s interesting that a large proportion have never been on a boat or gone swimming in the ocean.

“While it’s heartwarming to see so many kids believe in mermaids [24% of five to seven year olds] and the Loch Ness Monster [11% of all children], it’s evident that there is a knowledge deficit when it comes to their understanding of the water and sea life.

“At British Marine it is our mission to educate, debunk myths and make getting out on the water as accessible for as many kids as possible.”

The Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow a Boat, takes place at Mayflower Park from Friday 13 September to Sunday 22 September.

More than 10,000 people are expected to get out on the water across the full 10 days of what’s being touted as Britain’s biggest festival of boating — which will include with numerous free activities for children such as paddle boarding, dinghy sailing and mini cruises.

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British Marine has announced that it has signed a title sponsorship agreement with member Borrow A Boat for Southampton International Boat Show. Taking place this September (13-22), the forthcoming edition of this world-class event will be promoted as Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow A Boat with a full brand roll out to follow in the coming weeks.

As one of the UK’s leading and the fastest growing boat charter platform, Borrow A Boat showcases the accessibility of boating with its unique offering which enables customers to easily get out on the water, on demand and on location, whether through the Borrow A Boat App or website. With over 17,000 boats in its portfolio, Borrow A Boat aspires to make boating a more accessible, flexible and affordable activity. Whether it’s paddle-boarding in the Solent, sailing the Mediterranean, exploring the Norwegian fjords on a motor yacht or cruising tropical waters further afield, Borrow A Boat hopes to highlight how easy taking to the water can truly be through its involvement with Southampton International Boat Show.

Lesley Robinson, CEO at British Marine, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Borrow A Boat as Southampton International Boat Show’s new title sponsor. This collaboration recognises the Show’s continued outstanding success and reputation as one of the key events on the global boating calendar, as well as underlining the ideal platform the event provides to get people on the water.

“At British Marine, increasing participation and ensuring there are future generations of boating consumers is key to the future sustainability of the industry we are all so passionate about. It is great to have this shared goal with our new title sponsors. The team and I are looking forward to working with Borrow A Boat to get even more people out on the water at this year’s event.”

Matt Ovenden, CEO at Borrow A Boat, added: “We’re thrilled to come onboard as the title sponsor of the Southampton International Boat Show which will enable us to delight the boat show audience with just how easy and accessible boating can be. The opportunity for our platform of listings to come to life at the show will provide the perfect arena for borrowers and owners to experience what Borrow A Boat is all about, and we are thrilled to partner with British Marine and Southampton International Boat Show.”

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#TradeNews - Organisers of prestigious yacht shows in Florida and Monaco have taken over the boutique London On-Water Boat Show and are set to relaunch the brand next May as the London Yacht Show.

As Motor Boat & Yachting reports, Informa Exhibitions will return to the St Katherine Docks venue that has hosted the event for the last five years — with Fairline, Princess and Sunseeker among planned exhibitors from 9-12 May (dates to be confirmed).

And the new show-runners have the backing of Southampton Boat Show organisers British Marine whose own London Boat Show, originally scheduled for next month at the city’s ExCeL, was cancelled over the summer due to “insufficient support”.

Informa promises to retain the boutique nature of the St Katherine Dock event. “We’re not looking to compete with the Southampton Boat Show, this will be a focussed event aimed at the luxury end of the market,” said Andrew Williams, president of maritime for Informa Exhibitions.

Motor Boat & Yachting has much more on the story HERE.

Published in Marine Trade

#MarineTrade - Cork Harbour is ably represented at the Southampton Boat Show this week.

The Port of Cork has teamed up with the Royal Cork Yacht Club and Bantry Bay Port Company to promote the Rebel County’s marinas and cruising opportunities.

Their joint stand under the banner ‘Destination County Cork’ can be found at stand J047.

Meanwhile, Crosshaven Boatyard is in attendance displaying its latest range of Dufour Yachts at stands M310, M312, M316 and M318.

The 2018 Southampton Boat Show continues till this Sunday 23 September.

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The majority of Britons would buy a boat if they were to win the lottery.

That’s according to a major study carried out by Southampton Boat Show, which revealed that almost two-thirds (63%) would choose a boat as their first big spend upon a lottery windfall.

The research, carried out to celebrate the Southampton Boat Show’s 50th anniversary, also found that escaping the stresses of everyday life (58%) and a sense of adventure (52%) are the top reasons why people would pick a boat over any other luxury upon winning the jackpot.

It also turns out that despite their sense of adventure, the British public doesn’t want to leave their shores too far behind, with 41% saying that they would sail their new yacht around the UK rather than head to the Caribbean (34%), Croatia (13%) or around the world (31%).

That being said, women seem to want to explore further afield, with 40% dreaming of sail trips round the Caribbean (compared to 29% of men) and 36% opting for the Greek Islands — perhaps inspired by recent cinema smash hit Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.

The research also found that most of the UK would take up a watersport if they had a bit more time. Three in five (61%) would take up an on-the-water activity, of which two in five (40%) would jump at the chance to hop onboard a jetski.

Indeed, jetskiing proved most popular among older Britons, with 48% of 56-to-65-year-olds saying they would take up the sport.

Other key results from the research included:

  • 43% of respondents wouldn’t set sail without their phone on their dream voyage, ahead of friends (30%) and pets (29%).
  • Women are more likely than men to bring their partner (57% vs 45%) or other relatives (26% vs 13%). Men meanwhile would prefer to take Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (10% vs 3%).
  • The Hairy Bikers (12%) would make better crewmates than Love Island contestants (5%).
  • Over half (52%) feel relaxed and stress free when looking out to sea, while 33% of 66+ year olds are reminded of Britain’s proud nautical heritage.
  • Fictional Captain Jack Sparrow (31%) and his nautical exploits are more well-known than Lord Nelson (23%).

Running from 14-23 September, Southampton Boat Show is Britain’s biggest boating festival showcasing the lifestyle, fun and excitement that being on the water has to offer.

Whether tempted to dip your toe in for the first time, an aspiring sailor or seasoned boater, it offers a fantastic social experience, the chance to stock up on the latest boating gear and the perfect opportunity to indulge a passion for the water.

For the latest show announcements and ticket information, visit

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