Number of visitors to boat show up 2% over last year to 111,963

As the sun shone down on the last evening of the PSP Southampton Boat Show, organisers were left to celebrate a increase in attendance over last year, bucking a trend seen at most other major European shows.

Over the ten days of the event, 111,963 visitors came through the gates, up 2% on last year’s figure, despite some changeable autumn weather that saw a number of torrential downpours over the course of the show.

More than 120 boats made their debuts at Southampton, with the number of exhibitors totalling more than 600, representing 22 countries around the word.Murray Ellis, MD of show organiser National Boat Shows, said: “This year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show has been another world-class event. Visitors have enjoyed their day out with us and a good number have taken the opportunity to try different types of boating and watersports”.  

“Seeing marine businesses making sales here confirms this show as a strong selling platform; people visit our Southampton show to buy boats and this has been very evident this year.”This is reflected in exhibitor comments from the show. Ashley Overton, sales director of boat dealer Ancasta, said: “Not only is there a feel-good factor, but after several years people are putting hands in their pockets and spending money.

“Sales have been good; we’re up on last year, on both power and sail boats”, Ian Braham, head of finance house Lombard, meanwhile, said marine finance enquiries at the show were up 10% compared to last year, and that business in the first six months of the year was up a significant 26% over the first half of 2012.

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Engineers in Italy have succeeded in setting the cruise ship Costa Concordia upright, 20 months after it ran aground off the island of Giglio. They said that the unprecedented salvage effort “reached degree zero [vertical], which was our target”.
In the operation that took all of Monday and most of the night, they used cables and metal water tanks to roll the ship onto a platform.

The Costa Concordia capsized in January 2012, killing 32 people. The bodies of two of the victims of the disaster, by the island of Giglio, have never been found. There are hopes that they may be located during the operation.

Months of work lie ahead, assessing and repairing damage to the ship, before it can be towed away to be destroyed – probably next spring.

‘Double Titanic’

The ship was declared completely upright shortly after 04:00 local time (02:00 GMT) on Tuesday. Franco Gabrielli, the head of Italy’s Civil Protection Authority, said the vessel was now sitting on a platform built on the sea bed. “A perfect operation, I must say,” said Franco Porcellacchia, leader of the technical team for Costa Cruise, the owner of the ship.

He added that no environmental spill had been detected so far – one of the main aims given the pristine waters of the marine sanctuary in which it capsized. “I think the whole team is proud of what they achieved because a lot of people didn’t think it could be done,” said salvage master Nick Sloane.

When the vessel was finally righted in the early hours of Tuesday morning, there was a giant cheer from people gathered at Giglio harbour, says the BBC’s Matthew Price, and rescue workers have been out celebrating with coffees.

As daylight broke, the now-upright, brown hulk of the ship was visible – its hull muddy and crushed from 20 months spent submerged on its side.

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A total of 7,475 visitors flocked to the opening day of the PSP Southampton Boat Show 2013.

Numbers were down seven per cent on last year’s first day, which attracted 8,014 people but organisers said advance ticket sales were going strong, with more tickets sold in the last 24 hours compared to the same period a year ago.

Britain’s best-loved boat show got underway on Friday with a hive of activity, world launches and special guests who braved the mixed conditions of sunshine and showers.

The celebrity cast of The Mayflower Theatre’s Christmas pantomime: ‘Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates’ got the show off to a dramatic start, as Brian Conley and Lesley Joseph – of ITV’s Birds of a Feather fame – posed on a replica Phoenician ship.

Lesley said: ‘It’s fantastic, the show is wonderful and the boats are amazing, it’s like entering Fantasy Island.

‘I have a little Scow dinghy myself. I learnt to sail about 20 years ago and although I’ve been too busy to do much lately, I love being on the sea whenever I can.’

Brian said: ‘I’ve had my fair share of moments on boats over the years, I’ve got a few friends who own boats but some of the superyachts here are amazing, like works of art.

‘I won’t be getting one unless I win the lottery or unless lots of people come and see me in the pantomime with the lovely Lesley Joseph.’

Something for everyone

Royal Marines joined PSP’s managing director Frank Dixie, marketing director Jo Dixie-Goodwin and National Boat Shows managing director Murray Ellis for the official ribbon cutting.

Murray said: ‘We are pleased to present an astounding 30 world debuts, 48 UK debuts, three European launches and 39 boats which are brand new to the PSP Southampton Boat Show.

‘This, teamed with new marine technology and the host of attractions which are on offer for visitors to try, means that this year’s Show really does offer something for everyone.’

The opening day saw the world debuts of Princess Yachts International’s 43, V48 and 88 Motor Yachts, the Fairline Squadron 48 and Sunseeker’s Manhattan 55, 68 and 80 Sport Yachts to name but a few.

Sunseeker’s launch event included music from Iolla Grace and Amore, and a guest appearance from Top Gear star Richard Hammond.

Other first day highlights included Sailing Rallies’ world launch of its brand new Baltic Sailing event; the unveiling of the new Lifedge Waterproof Case for iPhone5s on the Scanstrut stand; and the naming ceremony for the Global Ocean Race where Mike Gascoyne’s Akilaria RC3 Class 40 Caterham Challenge and the Forty (1) Design Class 40 of Team Concise were christened together with crews, team principals, press and visitors joining the celebrations.

Show highlights

The 10-day show runs until Sunday, playing host to thousands of boats, brands, products and suppliers all set on one of Europe’s largest purpose-built marinas with over 2km of pontoons.

Visitors can get on the water, pick up new skills or refresh old ones with On The Water’s Try-A-Boat, Get Afloat and Go Solo from the Artemis Offshore Academy, plus free classes at the Skipper Skills attraction and the RYA Active Marina Experience.

Find out more and book tickets at www.southamptonboatshow.com

 

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Sealine is back and Beneteau launches the latest addition to its Monte Carlo lineup, the MC4, with more models to come next year, plus there’s a new Jeanneau Leader 38: it’s Cannes Boat Show time

The Festival De La Plaisance de Cannes, or as it’s more commonly referred to, the Cannes Boat Show, kicked off in the south of France yesterday in searing sunshine – a far cry from the temperatures back in Blightly, which were decidedly autumnal.

Beneteau Group used the show to launch its new Jeanneau Leader 38, as well as the Monte Carlo 4, little sister to the MC5 launched earlier this year. Beneteau also announced that it will be launching an MC5S in spring 2014 and an MC6 the following autumn.

MBM also managed to step aboard the Magellano 53 and the Atlantis 50, both being marketed under the Azimut banner.

Elsewhere it was the turn of Sealine to discuss its plans for the future under the guidance of its new owner, the Hanse Group. Jens Gerhardt, CEO of Hanse Group, admitted to a room full of journalists that when he first made noises about buying the Sealine brand his friends and colleagues thought he was “insane”.

Luckily for Sealine, Gerhardt persevered and Aurelius AG, which owns Hanse Group, now has the intellectual property rights for the Sealine brand and six boat models.

The builder will now press on with plans to launch the Sealine F380 in Dusseldorf next year with more models to follow, including the possibility of a smaller Sealine in the not too distant future. Gerhardt said, “The range has to be enlarged downwards as well as upwards so we have to do something for that (the small boat) market as well.”

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Pendennis, Burgess and IPC Superyacht Media have teamed up to host an exclusive party to meet Red Arrows pilots after their display at the Monaco Yacht Show. Following the announcement from Superyacht UK earlier this year that the Red Arrows will be flying once again at the Monaco Yacht Show, long term supporters Pendennis, Burgess and IPC Superyacht Media have signed up as Platinum sponsors of the event for 2013. As well as their involvement with the exclusive breakwater reception, providing one of the finest vantage points for VIP guests to view the display, the three Platinum sponsors have also teamed up to host a “Meet the Pilots” event, offering invited crew and guests the opportunity to party with the Reds at the well-known Monaco venue, Stars’n’Bars.

Toby Allies, Sales & Marketing Director at Pendennis commented: “Pendennis is delighted to be supporting the Red Arrows display in our 25th anniversary year. The event is a fantastic example of Great British excellence and we have been working closely with the display team’s Aeronautical Director to ensure a breathtaking display over Monaco harbour.  We, along with Burgess Crew Services and IPC Superyacht Media, are very much looking forward to welcoming the pilots to our celebration later that day.”

The Red Arrows aeronautical display is being organised by Superyacht UK in recognition of their 10th anniversary, and will take place over the Monaco Yacht Show on Thursday 26th September at 2pm.

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