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.
Motorboat & Yachting: Sunseeker, Princess and Cockwells are among the latest confirmed exhibitors for the 2015 edition of the London Boat Show.
A raft of new names has been added to the London Boat Show exhibitor list, as the 2015 event at the Excel Centre starts to take shape. Sunseeker International, Princess Yachts, Jeanneau, Cockwells, Williams Performance Tenders and Ribeye have all been added to the list of confirmed names, joining the likes of Beneteau and Fairline.
Running from 9-18 January 2015, next year’s London Boat Show should see the organisers deliver on their promise to bring the excitement back to the annual event. New attractions include a 4D experience, which allows showgoers to try out six different marine environments, with the atmosphere, temperature, scent, wind and soundscape of the tropics, the Arctic and many places in between.
Visitors will be greeted in dramatic fashion, as the new ‘wall of rain’ will frame the entranceway (pictured above). Just inside the Excel Centre, there will be the chance to plan your day using the digital information wall that displays details of all the key events, talks, seminars and celebrity appearances taking place.
Travel inspiration shouldn’t be in short supply – as well as plenty of destinations represented at the boat show, visitors can also pop next door and explore the Telegraph Cruise Show (9-11 January only).
Further attractions and exhibitors are due to be added in the coming weeks. Tickets are now available to pre-order online, with prices starting at £15 per adult (12-14 January only). Earlier this month, the show organisers released a teaser video for the 2015 event, and the RYA confirmed details of its member discount for the show.
Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the Barcelona boat show have released details of the 70 new models due to be displayed next week.
Boat show season moves to Barcelona next week (15-19 October), with the likes of Rodman, Sunseeker and Lagoon due to descend on the city’s Port Vell.
The show’s organisers Fira de Barcelona have confirmed that the new Rodman Muse 44 will be on display, as well as the Sunseeker 75 Yacht and the Lagoon 630 MY motorcat.
A total of 250 exhibitors will be bringing 650 new and used vessels to display, a figure which Carlos Sanlorenzo, secretary general of the National Association of Nautical Companies, sees as a sign of Spain’s boat industry returning to rude health.
“The nautical season has been positive, with an average growth of almost 16% in the months of June, July and August, which reflects the stability of the sector to date,” he said.
Other attractions at the show include a wave machine, flyboard demonstrations, beginner’s stand-up paddleboarding sessions, and plenty more besides to keep watersports fans entertained.
Tickets for the 53rd Barcelona International Boat Show are on sale now for the advance online price of 10 euros (£7.80) per adult.
Motorboat & Yachting: With just over a week to go until the opening of the Scotland Boat Show (10-12 October), a household name has been added to the list of boats on display. Sunseeker Scotland has announced that it will be bringing the San Remo to the show.
Sunseeker Scotland will be exhibiting a brand new Sunseeker San Remo on their stand, bringing it from their Loch Lomond headquarters to Kip Marina.
The 51ft sportscruiser, which won Best Sportscruiser over 45ft at this year’s Motor Boat Awards, will be accompanied on the water by models from Regal, Broom, Highfield and Orkney.
More than 120 new and used boats will be on display during the three-day event, with visitors welcome from 10am to 6pm. On-shore attractions include live music, luxury cars from the likes of Bentley, Maserati and McLaren, as well as a Farmers’ Market showcasing local produce. Billed as the third-largest boat show in the UK, the Scotland Boat Show is expected to attract 12,000 visitors to Kip Marina.
Dalian Wanda’s acquisition makes Sunseeker well placed to ride expected wave of boat buying in China. Sunseeker is now officially a Chinese-owned firm after Dalian Wanda today completed its £320 million acquisition of the Poole-based boatbuilder.
News of the takeover first broke in early June, with a confirmation coming on 19 June that the Chinese company, with interests in commercial property and tourism, was looking to buy the UK’s biggest boatbuilder.
Dalian Wanda is headed by Wang Jianlin, the owner a Sunseeker Predator 108 and reportedly China’s richest person. In a statement issued today, he said: “We are excited to embark on the next chapter in the development of Sunseeker’s business and look forward to building upon the company’s reputation of excellence. “Wanda is well positioned to help Sunseeker capitalise on the trend we see for China and other growth markets to contribute significantly to global expansion in the luxury yacht sector over the next few years.”
Dalian Wanda has taken a 91.81% stake in the company, with Sunseeker management holding the remaining 8.19%. Following news of the takeover in June, Suneeeker moved quickly to ease concerns that the company would be shipped offshore.
This was later underlined by the Chinese company, which said Sunseeker would remain headquartered in Poole and maintain its British production bases and workforce.
If predictions about boat ownership in China hold true – with one official estimate suggesting the number of boats could jump from 3,000 currently to 100,000 by 2020 – this deal places Sunseeker at the crest of a massive boatbuying wave in China.
British Motor Yacht Show to have at least 15 new boats on display from Sunseeker, Princess and Fairline
More information has been released about the inaugural British Motor Yacht Show, which will run from 17-19 May at Swanwick Marina on the River Hamble.
This is the first time the dealers behind the UK’s biggest yards have come together like this to jointly host an event proudly displaying the cream of British boatbuilding.
The show’s organisers, Princess Motor Yacht Sales, Fairline Southampton and Sunseeker Southampton, are expecting up to 1,000 visitors over the weekend, but with free entry that figure could end up being far higher.
There will also be displays from “handpicked” industry leaders such as MTU, Caterpillar, Volvo Penta and Garmin.
Trevor Betts, general manager at Fairline Southampton, said: “It makes perfect sense for Britain’s premier motor yacht distributors to form an alliance to promote British expertise.
“In the general context, we are stronger if we work together. Symbolically, this show is hugely significant.”
It’s not known at present precisely which boats will be on display but check the show’s website (to go live in April) for more information as it arises.
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