...And model boat racing is among the attractions proving popular

Attendance figures are

looking strong for the Tullett

Prebon London International Boat Show 2013.

A

total of 6,954 visitors passed through the doors of the show at ExCel

yesterday – 17% up on figures for last year’s figures.

In total, more

than 27,948 people have attended the show since it opened last

Saturday and with three more shows set to open at ExCel

on Thursday, visitor numbers are expected to peak again before it ends on Sunday.

From

Thursday, anyone who buys a London Boat Show ticket will also be able

to access the London Bike Show, Outdoors and Active Travel shows.

Tomorrow’s

London Boat Show will have the Royal presence of Princess Anne, who

will be presenting the RYA Yachtmaster of the Year award

and visiting various other attractions.

Among

the exhibitors at this year’s show who have noticed a surge in interest from the public

is the Model Yachting Association, which challenges visitors to race

Micro Magics on a large indoor pool.

Association spokesman

Tim Long said: ‘On Sunday we turned over 60 skippers an hour for

seven hours – 420 in total.

‘Yesterday

wasn’t quite as busy but today we’ve already had 90 school children through.

‘We’re

trying to get people interested in radio-controlled model boat

sailing and to offer something a bit different from the rest of the

show.’

He

added: ‘It’s pretty competitive and in the last hour every day we run

an exhibitors challenge, in the style of a Top Gear-time lap.

‘So

far James Knight from North Sails is the one to beat with a time of

one minute 49 seconds.’

Don’t forget you can

find PBO’s stand at C162, where we have subscription show offers and gifts.

You

can also take part in a competition with a chance to win an iPad mini, a

Nook and a Kindle Fire HD, all of them ideal gadgets for reading PBO on

the move!

If you haven’t seen the PBO digital edition, just ask one of our friendly staff for a demonstration.

Follow this link to find out more about the Model Yachting Association.

Visit the London Boat Show website by clicking here.