Olympians will be competing in the three-day UK Star Championship

For the first time ever sailing and fine
art will come together in an opening regatta live at the London Boat Show.

For three days Fine Art Sails, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between world class yachting and
internationally acclaimed fine artists, will descend on the Show at ExCeL to
bring something truly different and exciting for spectators and Show visitors.

From Friday 18 January through to Sunday 20 January
2013, 10 Star class keelboats will take to the waters of the Royal Victoria
Docks, outside the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, to race in the introductory
CNM Estates UK Star Championship.

The Olympic class boats, which were
recently seen on the waters of Weymouth & Portland at the London 2012
Olympic Games, will be racing with a difference.

Each mainsail will be
completely covered in artwork by international artists.

More than 18 renowned Olympic and World champion
sailors, boasting up to 10 Olympic medals among them will be taking part in the
regatta including triple Olympic medallist Iain Percy, double Olympic medallist
Andrew Simpson and Olympic medallists Pippa Wilson, Ian Walker, Mark Covell,
Michael McIntyre and Bryn Vaile.

Murray Ellis
MD of National Boat Shows said: “We are delighted to be working with Fine Arts
Sails to be hosting this inaugural regatta at the Tullett Prebon London Boat
Show. This event will be a great complement to the Show adding a special
attraction for Show visitors.

For anyone who loves sailing and racing this is a
fantastic opportunity to go onto the dock edge to watch the live racing. It was
seen recently at the Olympic Games how popular sailing is as a spectator sport
and this event brings something exciting and new that can be seen at the Show.”

CNM Estates, led by Property Entrepreneur
Michael Ross, are proudly sponsoring the event.

Mr Ross, founder of Fine Art
Sails, speaking of the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show Fine Art Sails event
said:  “This is such an exciting and original collaboration between two
such unlikely bedfellows, I am delighted to have conceived an idea that has
caught the imagination of both the sailing and the fine art communities.

anticipate a rather unique battle between these fiercely competitive sailors as
they bid to sail under their favourite artist”.

The spectacle of these boats on the doorstep of the Show racing and
displaying fine art will appeal to many whether you are a sailing enthusiast,
art fanatic or sports addict.

Continuing the
high spirits from this year’s sailing events at the Games this event is sure to
bring another element to the legacy of sailing.

Ben Ainslie is also donating his Finn
class sail to Fine Art Sails, the regatta organisers,  which will be on
display in the main exhibition hall.

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