Early attendance is down on 2013 figures but advance ticket sales for the 2014 London Boat Show are up...

Today’s official press day

saw dozens of world, European and UK boat and product launches at the London Boat Show 2014.

TV presenter Suzi Perry

unveiled a hot pink Turbojet 325 from Williams Performance Tenders, which is being auctioned for

charity in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

Suzi said: ‘Today’s

supposed to be the most depressing day of the year, this should

brighten things up a bit.’

The highest bid currently stands at just under £6,000 but organisers hope to raise £25,000 for the charity. Click here to find the auction on eBay.

Spymaster launched its

Underwater Drop Camera, which can provide video and illumination at a

depth range of up to 60m, with images depicted on a portable high

resolution video monitor.

Musto showcased its

photoluminescent technology, which now features on three more of its

collections following positive feedback from Volvo Ocean Race

sailors.

The company also

launched its new ultra-lightweight and waterproof ‘Dynamic’ range,

with ‘vari-stretch’ panelling that will be on sale from April and

includes a smock, jacket and salopette.

Musto also launched the

Dynamic Pro Shoe, developed in partnership with Clarks shoe

specialists, which features a rubber sole for maximum grip, a

water-draining system and light, breathable fabric, saltwater

resistant eyelets and anti-odour treated mesh.

Boatability

The Rivertime Boat

Trust in Berkshire announced ‘Boatability’, a new joint venture with

Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School to enable disabled people

the opportunity to participate in physical activity on the water.

British luxury

motorboat manufacturers Fairline launched the Targa 48 Gran Turismo

and reported that sales were on the up.

CEO Kevin Gaskell also

revealed details of the Fairline Esprit, which he described as a

‘glimpse of the future of sustainable leisure boating’, with emphasis

on re-using and recycling materials and reducing weight to lower the

carbon footprint and enhance engine capability.

Garmin showcased a

wealth of new products to the public for the first time, including

the GPSMAP 800 and 1000 combination chartplotter and fishfinder

units, with 8- and 10-inch displays respectively.

The Garmin Helm

free mobile app and new scanning sonar were among the company’s latest launches, along with a software update

for the GPSMAP and echoMAP series of combination chartplotter and

fishfinder units, which can now share supplemental maps and user data

such as waypoints, routes, and tracks.

Cruising inspiration

Over at the Adventure

Cruising area, Jeremy Wyatt of the World Cruising Club provided

practical advice to visitors considering taking part in the Atlantic

Rally for Cruisers (ARC).

Top tips included

buying a comfort fit lifejacket – ‘If it’s comfortable, you’ll wear

it’, being aware of the responsibility issues of taking crew, how to find quality crew

members on the World Cruising Club website and guidance to

‘definitely sail with them beforehand, either on delivery or on a

night sail – you want to trust them to wake you up’ and

to consider personalities – ‘it’s important you like them.’

Long-standing Old Gaffers Association (OGA) member

Tom Cunliffe gave a talk on the history of the association and

presented yachtswoman Barbara Runnalls with the OGA Gaffers Globe

Trophy 2014.

Grandmother-of-two

Barbara, from Lancing, near Worthing completed a three-month

circumnavigation of Britain single-handed on a her gaff cutter Moon

River last summer.

As part of the OGA’s

Round Britain Challenge, Sussex Yacht Club member Barbara set out in

May from Shoreham and sailed to the West Country, round Land’s End,

to Wales, Ireland and then Scotland. Barbara even managed to have a

minor knee operation without missing out on any sailing days.

She said: ‘I thoroughly

enjoyed it, I made the most wonderful friends and enjoyed the

sailing, it was a lovely sense of achievement. We had a wonderful

welcome wherever we went.’

Attendance figures

This year’s London Boat

Show, which marks the event’s 60th year, will run until

Sunday, 12 January at the ExCeL centre.

Visitor numbers to the

first two days of the show are down on 2013 figures but advance

ticket sales are strong and look likely to top last year’s overall

turnout by the end of the week.

A show spokesman said:

‘Yesterday’s attendance was 8,840. This was 9% down on last year’s

number. This puts the attendance after two days at 19,272, 8% behind

the figure of last year’s 20,994.

‘Advance tickets

continue to sell well and are 4% ahead of last year.’

Find out more at www.londonboatshow.com

Pictures: Suzi Perry officially launches the pink Williams Breast Cancer Care Turbojet 325; Spymaster’s underwater drop camera; The Fairline world debut of the Targa 48 Gran Turismo; Tom Cunliffe presents Barbara Runnalls with the OGA Gaffers Globe Trophy. Credi: Laura Kitching