Yachting Boating World: Director James Marsh will embark on a film depicting Donald Crowhurst’s yacht race attempt this spring with Colin Firth in the lead role.
The British businessman is believed to have committed suicide while competing in the circumnavigation event, which saw Sir Robin Knox-Johnston crowned the winner.
Crowhurst, who intended to use the prize money to support his failing business, was not a skilled yachtsman and made slow progress around the global course.
As the weeks went on, he eventually abandoned the race and reported false positions to race organisers, leading everyone to believe he was winning the race, when really he was in last place.
His boat Teignmouth Electron was later found drifting and recovered logbooks indicate that he’d suffered a mental breakdown due to the pressure and had jumped overboard.
The Theory of Everything director James Marsh will be taking the helm on the latest depiction of Crowhurst’s journey, with shooting set to begin in the spring.
So far, a total of four films have been produced on Crowhurst’s ill-fated expedition, with Blueprint Pictures and BBC Films behind the latest one.
Several plays and novels have also been written about the tragic story.
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Motorboat & Yachting: The 2015 London Boat Show has recorded a 4% rise in visitor numbers, reversing a four-year trend of falling attendance.
The 2015 London Boat Show saw a rise in attendance for the first time in four years, show organisers are reporting. The Excel Centre event welcomed 92,288 visitors over ten days, making for a 4% increase over 2014’s figure of 88,593.
Bringing back the press preview day (Friday 9 January) proved a popular move, with large crowds flocking to the London Boat Show to see special guest Nicole Scherzinger launch the Sunseeker Predator 57.
Murray Ellis, managing director of the CWM FX London Boat Show said: “Visitor feedback has been really positive, there’s been positive energy creating a fantastic atmosphere which has contributed to good sales.”
New features, old favourites
New attractions, such as an interactive wall of rain and an immersive 4D theatre experience, added to the appeal of this year’s event. Meanwhile, an old favourite, the Watersports Pool, attracted more than 1,000 visitors.
Visitors to the MBY stand were broadly positive in their feedback, with Aquastar owner Gavin Green praising what the organisers have done with the Excel Centre this year.
“It’s a 21st century venue; it’s light and airy, and you can see all the boats – it’s a nice day out, and I’m converted to it.”
“Everybody lamented when it left Earls Court [in 2004], and said it’d lost it’s charm, but actually I think the world’s moved on, and with the internet, you don’t need to go to the boat show to buy pieces of string, as per the old days.”
Next year’s London Boat Show will take place at the Excel Centre from 8-17 January 2016.
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Yachting Boating World: YachtWorld will power dedicated yacht brokerage sections on each of Time Inc.’s boating websites.
The magazine publisher revealed plans for DMM’s YachtWorld to power its boats for sale sections on Wednesday at the London Boat Show.
The announcement comes a few months after a similar model was successfully launched on sister title SuperYacht World.
Bringing new tools, features and initiatives to the digital marketplace, the partnership aims to help drive boat sales globally. In the coming months, DMM and Time Inc. UK will launch a new dedicated yacht brokerage section on each of Time Inc.’s boating websites.
Time Inc. UK publishing director Simon Owen said: “The strategic partnership with DMM creates value for all involved, not least our customers and readers.
“DMM’s user-led focus, extensive global expertise and access to a raft of useful industry data further enhances our customer experience and makes this the perfect partnership, developing our online offering and at the same time, maximising boat buying and selling opportunities that will benefit the leisure marine industry as a whole.”
DMM president Ian Atkins said: “We are looking forward to celebrating our partnership with Time Inc. UK at this year’s CMW FX London Boat Show and to working alongside them on further new initiatives during 2015.
“DMM is constantly working to bring innovation to the sector and to develop its position as more than just a sales portal. By linking up with Time Inc. UK’s range of marine titles, we are helping our customers reach an expanded knowledge of the UK market.”
Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the London Boat Show have received a major boost, after Princess Yachts signed on for 2016 and 2017.
The Plymouth-based manufacturer has announced that it will be returning for both the 2016 and the 2017 London Boat Shows.
Chris Gates, managing director of Princess Yachts International, said: “The decision to commit to these dates signifies the importance that the London Boat Show still plays in the annual sales strategy of the business.
“The show’s status as a key sales platform cannot be argued,” he added.
The Princess Yachts exhibition on stand E430 includes ten models, ranging in size from the entry-level V39 to the Princess 88.
Arguably the most remarkable model is the Princess 68, which was only launched last September at the 2014 PSP Southampton Boat Show.
News of Princess Yachts’ continued commitment to the London Boat Show will come as a huge boost to organisers National Boat Shows, who have already confirmed that Fairline Boats will be exhibiting at the 2016 event.
Practical Boat Owner: The ‘rain curtain’ at the London Boat Show entrance proved to be more of a trickle than a downpour but exhibitors and visitors were feeling positive after the opening day.
The 10-day show launched yesterday with appearances from pop star Nicole Scherzinger, TV personality Nick Knowles and Paralympic champion Helena Lucas. Plus 83 international boat debuts and 39 product launches.
This year’s London Boat Show coincides with the new London Classic Car Show and the added attraction has been credited with attracting more people than usual to the ExCeL exhibition centre.
Exhibitor Keith Hughes, managing director of Baltic Safety Products, said: ‘I’m pleasantly pleased with the footfall. Having the car show next door has attracted a hell of a lot of people.
‘I’ve got a lot of friends coming to the boat show and car show as a double jobby.’
Marcello Albanese, business development director at Navionics, said: ‘For us, the opening day was fantastic, we couldn’t even get a break for lunch.
‘We’ve been coming to the London Boat Show for the last five years and I’m not sure about in general, but for our business, this year has been really successful so far.
‘Maybe it’s the car show, but for some reason – and I visit a lot of boat shows around the world – the feeling is quite a good attitude here with customers buying new boats or refitting old boats with electronics, which is our core business.
‘I’m pretty positive, business seems to be picking up.’
Mr Albanese added: ‘The London Boat Show has kind of been reducing its attendance the last two to three years but it’s a reverse trend I’m seeing here, quite strong, if the first day continues. We hope it will.’
Dylan Whittaker, of Legend Yachts UK, said he liked the idea of a themed entrance but suggested sunshine instead of rain for next year.
Motorboat & Yachting: Sunseeker has named its special guest for the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show, former X-Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger.
Sunseeker always pulls out the big guns for the London Boat Show and this year will be no different, with Nicole Scherzinger due to appear at the unveiling of the new Sunseeker Predator 57.
The former X-Factor judge is currently in London performing as Grizabella in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats at the London Palladium.
She will make the eight-mile trip over to the Excel Centre on Friday (9 January) for the midday unveiling.
Her fiancé, reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, is believed to be a Sunseeker owner, although his off-season training regime makes a cameo appearance unlikely.
Nicole Scherzinger should have no trouble pulling in the crowds on her own though; having sold 54 million records with pop group The Pussycat Dolls.
Advance tickets for the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show are on sale now, with prices starting at £10 per adult.