The opening weekend of the London Boat Show 2014 is underway at the ExCeL centre in London Docklands with Comedian James Corden attended day one of Europe’s first boat show. Now celebrating its 60th year, the show will run until Sunday 12 January 2014.

The 2014 event sees the return of world famous brands to ExCeL alongside the best of British manufacturers and hundreds of boats of all shapes and sizes, both power and sail.

Among the visitors attending yesterday’s launch day was comedian James Corden, who joined Robert Braithwaite, Sunseeker brand president and founder to unveil the new Sunseeker 75 yacht.

The show’s Adventurous Cruising Zone provides an opportunity for visitors to learn directly from the boat owners who have experienced the seas and industry experts who will share their knowledge on topics from navigation to boat handling and weather.

America’s Cup winner Sir Ben Ainslie will be visiting the event this Wednesday, 8 January, and all are invited to attend a question and answer session with him at 11.30am on the J.P. Morgan BAR AC45 stand (number G28O).

Tomorrow, 6 January, is the official press day, which will be packed with World, European and UK boat and product launches.

Throughout the nine-day show, hundreds of exhibitors will showcase an unrivalled selection of boats, marine products, accessories, services, clothing ranges, chandlery, electronics and engines.

In addition to browsing stalls and gaining expert advice, visitors can take part in a range of activities from canoeing to Stand Up Paddleboarding in free taster sessions at the show’s Water Sports Pool, courtesy of the Rockley team.

The Fine Art Sails regatta is also scheduled to take place this opening weekend, with one of the keelboat’s sails decorated by the winner of a nationwide competition for schoolchildren.

The competition was run in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, which is also the show’s official charity for 2014.

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