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55th London Boat Show kicks off in style

9th January 2009

The Show was officially launched at 11.00am today by model, actress and TV presenter Kelly Brook. On declaring the Show open, Kelly said: “It’s a great privilege to be here today and to open the London International Boat Show. There is something for everyone at the Show this year, whether you’re a sailing novice or seasoned enthusiast the Boat Show promises a fantastic day out, I would strongly recommend a visit!”

From today until Sunday 18 January thousands of visitors have a marine treasure trove to explore. With over 500 exhibitors displaying their products and services, the London International Boat Show is the biggest and busiest showcase for the marine industry in the capital’s calendar.

Showcasing power and sail boats, dinghies, deck equipment, sailing courses, chandlery and more, the Show promises something for enthusiasts and first time visitors alike. Whether you’re looking to kick start a new hobby, gather ideas for a summertime sailing holiday or simply enjoy a leisurely wander around, you can’t fail to be inspired by the Show’s fantastic atmosphere and energy.

The Main Stage - Powered by Fairline is the Show’s focal point and features an array of fascinating displays. Daily live performances of A Mermaid’s Tale, a captivating blend of dance and acrobatics set to a high energy musical score is sure to capture the imagination of audiences all ages. The country’s favourite boating legends, including Dame Ellen MacArthur and Sir Keith Mills, will tread the boards to deliver inspirational accounts of their personal experiences, while representatives from Skandia Team GBR will share a sneak preview of the preparations for London 2012.

Inspiring sailors and boating enthusiasts of the future, Life as a… is a daily feature designed to give a flavour of life within the marine industry. Engaging talks and demonstrations provide a snapshot of life as a coastguard helicopter pilot, RNLI crew member, river police officer, yachting instructor and even a Royal Navy captain.

Other features not to be missed include:

·  Deck Games (supported by Yachts & Yachting) the perfect opportunity to try your hand at a kayaking, canoeing with Avoncraft and model boat racing with ‘Micro Magic’ – compete for glory against family and friends

·  The Show’s Regatta, fast-paced Thundercat demonstrations will thrill spectators, while the Yachts & Yachting Battle of the Classes: Pursuits Race rounds off the final weekend

·  Classic Boat (supported by Classic Boat, Old Pulteney and International Paint), the chance to watch, learn and talk to experts about classic boats and the skills required for their traditional restoration. Catch an update on the progression of the Cutty Sark conservation project throughout the Show when the Cutty Sark Trust will be bringing back to life original parts of this famous Tea Clipper

· HMS Westminster, the Royal Naval warship will be on moored throughout the Show at Royal Victoria Dock, right outside ExCeL.

With so much to see, enjoy and do, the Show promises an ideal, action packed family day out. Show tickets offer great value, particularly for families as each adult ticket purchased admits two children aged 15 and under, meaning Kids go free.

Andrew Williams, Managing Director of National Boat Shows, comments: “A lot of hard work, imagination and creativity has gone into the planning of this year’s Show.  There really is a huge variety of experiences, activities and products for visitors to take in – whatever their level of interest in boating – and just goes to show what the marine industry has to offer. We wish all our exhibitors and visitors an enjoyable and successful Show.”


To book tickets simply call the ticket hotline on 0844 209 0333 or book online at . Team

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