The Düsseldorf Boat Show has attracted 1,650 exhibitors from 60-plus countries. Despite persisting strain on Europe’s boat markets ‘boot Düsseldorf’ has attracted a strong turn-out this week, say organisers.

A total of 1,650 exhibitors from more than 60 countries are displaying their new yachts, water sports equipment and maritime services in the 17 halls of Düsseldorf’s exhibition centre.

Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, said: ‘Given the current difficult economic climate this is a great success.

‘Many exhibitors have announced extended ranges and are using boot Düsseldorf as the premiere show for their new models.’

The week-long event will finish this Sunday, 26 January.

According to Jürgen Tracht, managing director of the Federal Association of German Watersports Industries (Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft – BVWW),  the hopes of European boat manufacturers for a major recovery from the 2008 financial and economic crisis have not been fulfilled but developments point to improvements next year.

Buyers at ‘boot 2014’ are spoilt for choice, with 11 of the 17 exhibition halls dedicated to yachts driven by sail, motor or even muscle power.

A total of 440 shipyards, dealers and importers are presenting 1,700 vessels ranging from luxury yachts to canoes and dinghies.

The show not only offers a huge range of boat equipment but is also said to be ‘the largest maritime travel market and the largest diving sport fair in the world’.

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The diamond anniversary London Boat Show 2014 attracted a total of 88,593 visitors across the nine days – 4,734 down on the 2013 event’s footfall – but
30 exhibitors have already signed up for the 2015 event

The show, which ended yesterday, attracted more than 400 exhibitors to the ExCeL exhibition centre and docklands to display their products, with nine world debuts and 19 European and UK launches, culminating in a total of 76 launches at the show in total.

A spokesman for the British Marine Federation said the London Boat Show ‘presented the best of the marine industry and good quality business was conducted at a time when the £2.905bn industry is demonstrating optimism and confidence for the months ahead.’

Sales from this year’s show confirm the British Marine Federation latest research, which suggests industry growth is returning to pre-recession levels, with some exhibitors experiencing record-breaking sales figures.

Visitors enjoyed the show’s Adventurous Cruising Zone, where industry experts shared their knowledge on topics from navigation to boat handling, and the Watersports Pool saw people queuing to try free taster sessions in canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and water walkers.

Big names to attend this year’s event included HRH The Princess Royal, actor and comedian James Corden, broadcaster Suzi Perry, Sir Ben Ainslie, TV presenters Lorraine Kelly, Nick Knowles, Sarah Beeny, Dominic Littlewood and John Sargeant plus Olympians Etienne Stott, Shirley Robertson, Bryony Shaw, Paul Goodison, Stevie Morrison and Pippa Wilson visited, many of whom attended the show’s official charity’s stand, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

‘Positive feedback’

Murray Ellis, managing director of National Boat Shows, said: ‘We are pleased with the success of the 2014 London Boat Show and have celebrated its 60th anniversary with some of the best brands in the marine industry.

‘Thousands of boats, brands, technology, training and free interactive attractions have filled the nine days which has led to the positive feedback from both exhibitors and visitors.

‘We are delighted with the high quality of visitors who came to this year’s show and the number of exhibitors who have signed up to exhibit in 2015.’

Exhibitors, to date, signing up tothe 2015 show include: Pearl Motor Yachts, Navionics, Cobra Ribs, Offaxis, Sleipner Motor, Learn 2 Sail, Cruising Association, Cornish Crabbers, Mersea Trailers, Sail Ionian, Hobo Yachting, GN Espace, Fairline, Princess, Volvo, Rolly Tasker Sails, IPC, Furuno, EP Barrus, Gibbs Boat Sales, Sealine, Rockley Watersports, Topper International, Nisos Yacht Charter, Cambrian Boat Centre, Aura Yachting, Pure Latitude, R&D Marine, The Boat Crew and Flexisail.

Oliver Winbolt, head of marketing at Fairline Boats, said: ‘Fairline has enjoyed another very successful London Boat show.

‘Our new layout has made it easier for our clients to view our boats, while attractions such as the Concept Cinema have been busy throughout the show.

‘Sales have been excellent with the final total due to exceed 2013, further extending our forward order book into late 2014 in some cases.

‘In addition, we anticipate a significant number of retail sales during the coming weeks as a direct result of customers who have been introduced to the brand at this event.

‘There is no better way to start the boating season than by taking advantage of this ideal sales opportunity in January.’

A-Glaze chairman Michael Bollom said: ‘The London Boat Show has been absolutely superb; our sales are 58 per cent up.

‘The people who have made the effort to come here are the people who have come here to buy. We have seen a lot of people and picked up two new distributors. We will definitely be back, we have already signed up.

‘This show is important, it is always a good Show for us. We would be very disappointed if it didn’t continue.’

Rallying together

With much of the country experiencing unprecedented levels of flooding, exhibitors at the London Boat Show joined forces to come to the rescue of Muchelney, on the Somerset Levels, which is severely flooded to the extent that the entire village is now totally cut off from the surrounding areas.

The boat, engine, lifejackets, safety and radio equipment, insurance and transport of the boat to Somerset were all provided through the goodwill of London Boat Show and British marine companies including ADPR, ASAP, BHG Marine, Coleman, Event Broadcast, Garmin, ICOM, IPC, Marine Resources, Ocean Safety, PSP, Rigiflex and Torqeedo.

The 2014 PSP Southampton Boat Show will take place from 12-21 September www.southamptonboatshow.com, while next year’s London Boat Show runs from 10-18 January 2015 at ExCeL London.

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If you’ve spent the week sitting in a deserted office wishing you were on holiday like your colleagues, or counting down the days until you’re off, you have my sympathy. It doesn’t matter how hard it’s raining at Cowes Week 2013, or how little the breeze blows, the Isle of Wight in any weather is still more fun than the 0705 to Waterloo.

Having spent the day at my desk on the mainland drove that home. Knowing that I would be heading back to Cowes on Thursday should have made it easy to concentrate on the tasks I had set myself, but I made a fatal mistake. One click on the Cowes TV window on our website was all it took for my productivity, (and I have to say spirit), to take a dive as I watched the action off the RYS start line and the accompanied commentary.

Having said that, if your boss is away and you’re getting bored with tracking auctions on eBay, this year’s Cowes coverage is a superb way of making the hours slip by effortlessly. I only took a look to see if the weather forecast was going to cause problems again. Before I knew it I was playing catch up for the afternoon.A building high pressure system and the previous night’s forecast for light and fickle breezes had looked like they could trip up the racing for a second day at Cowes.

Conscious that the decent breeze could be out to the east, as it had been on the previous day, the race committee decided to take some of the bigger boats in the black group classes out into Hayling Bay where the wind was expected to be more settled. As it turned out, for the White group classes and smaller boats in the Black group that raced in the Solent as normal, the breeze delivered more than had been expected to leave these classes with more space than is normal during the week to play in. Everyone, it seemed was happy. Apart from, that is, us at our desks.

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HMS Ark Royal makes her final voyage…to a Turkish scrapyard
The Royal Navy’s former flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal, has left Portsmouth bound for Turkey where she will be scrapped.

Crowds of people turned out to bid a final farewell to HMS Ark Royal yesterday as she left Portsmouthbound for Turkey where she will be scrapped.The well-wishers, which included former crewmembers, many of whom wore black arm bands, gathered at the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth to wave her off shortly after 1pm.Launched on 20 June 1981 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, she was the fifth vessel to bear the name Ark Royal and was retired in 2010 ending 25 years of service in the Royal Navy, although she wasn’t formally decommissioned until 2011.
Under a deal reportedly worth £2.9m with ship recycling firm Leyal, she is now being towed to Turkey where she will be scrapped, just as her sibling HMS Invincible was.
Former captain of HMS Ark Royal, Sir Alan Massey, told the BBC he would be “sad to see her go to the breakers yard.”Massey said, “Whenever people appeared in public with the Ark Royal name tally on their caps I think they had a spring in their step, they realised that this was a famous name and to an extent there was an expectation that they would be the best.”
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Barclays Jersey Boat Show kick-starts run of free-to-enter events

The sixth Barclays Jersey Boat Show kicks off next weekend (4-6 May), signalling the start of a run of free, boutique boat shows on this spring.

The three-day event has been growing in popularity with each edition and last year attracted 30,000 people to St Helier Marina.

Confirmed exhibitors include Fairline, Sunseeker, Beneteau and Channel Islands boatbuilder Aquastar.

The following weekend, 11-12 May, the action moves to Poole Harbour for the Sandbanks Boat Show, another free-to-enter event that has rapidly become a fixture on the early season calendar.

Based at Salterns Marina, visitors will be able to see motor boats from all the leading British brands, but also craft from non-UK yards like Beneteau, Jeanneau, Chris-Craft and Rodman.

Then, from 17-19 May, the inaugural British Motor Yacht Show takes place at Swanwick Marina in Southampton.

This show is being put together by the leading dealers of Sunseeker, Princess and Fairline and will have 15 new boats on display, five from each yard.

Princess Motor Yacht Sales is using the event to showcase the new Princess V48 for the first time. The company will also be showing the V42, V72, Princess 64 and Princess 72.

Sunseeker Southampton will have the Predator 53, Manhattan 63, Predator 68 Predator 80 and Sam Remo on display.

Fairline Southampton
, meanwhile, will be exhibiting the Squadron 42, Targa 50GT, Squadron 60, Squadron 65 and Squadron 78.

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Italian superyacht manufacturer Benetti is celebrating 140 years of production this year, making it along with Chris-Craft and Rivaone of the oldest boatbuilders on the planet.

The anniversary is being celebrated by a packed calendar of events, culminating with a gathering in Portofinoin June for Benetti owners from all over the world.In that 140 years, Benetti has built nearly 300 boats, and currently has 34 in production, including an immense 90m superyacht.

The company was founded by Lorenzo Benettiin the Ligurian port of Viareggio back in 1873, then as a builder of wooden boats for local and international trade.When he died, the company passed to his sons, Gino and Emilio, who continued making trading craft but after the Second World War switched the focus of the shipyard to pleasure craft.In the 1960s, the focus of the company was shifted again, this time onto superyachts, and the yard quickly became a leader in the 30-60m segment

In 1985 the yard was acquired by Turin-based Azimut, which helped modernise Benetti’s production facilities.Nowadays, Benetti is spread over 300,000 square metres of production space in six manufacturing facilities.

Vincenzo Poerio, Benetti’s CEO, said: “Clients approach us with ideas and expectations that are a challenge and when we meet their brief and make every detail perfect with no concessions to compromise, their success becomes ours.”This level of quality and passion are the only route to our next 140 years of success.”

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