Here is a report from the 2013 PSP Boat Show.
The sailing world debuts in Southampton from 13 to 22 September
Nuevo Imparcial.- The Southampton Boat Show once again proved a success with more than 600 exhibitors from 22 countries around the world who had the opportunity to showcase the latest models of boats, over 120 designs to lovers of navigation who could attend from the 13 to 22 September.
The show began in 1968 and is held annually in September in Mayflower Park, Southampton, England. It is one of the largest in Europe and the world where expensive and impressive luxury boats either motor or sailing can be seen on the water in the port or at the show itself.
It is therefore one of the two main boat annual programs in the UK, with the London Boat Show. Both are organized by National Boat Show, which is a subsidiary of the British Marine Federation, the trade association for the leisure and business entrepreneurs of the commercial marine industry. It differs from other shows because visitors enjoy «in situ» the latest designs of the nautical world where they can personally check the technical qualities and endowments inside and out, always advised by experts and business associates.
According to data provided by the organization this year there were 111,963 visitors, up 2% from the previous year. But most important is the conclusion that the participating companies have been «cautiously optimistic» achieving significant and numerous business prospects during the ten days of the show. Alongside these magnificent ships, offer a wide range of services and products to the world of sailing, electronics, engines, sailing clothing, incredible journeys as well as courses on the water and trips are offered.
As explained Murray Ellis, Managing Director of National Programs Boat «PSP Southampton Boat Show has been an important global platform to buy boats and enjoy the world of sailing.» Frank Dixie, Managing Director of PSP, reiterated the «success» achieved again this year to serve «to look forward with hope and prepare for the next year an event equal to or better than that obtained this year.»
The builders of wooden boats «(WBTA) showed the traditional and modern methods of construction, with constant crowds during the show.
With respect to sales that have been obtained in the sample of this year, the organization said they have been excellent. At the end of the first weekend Fairline had sold two 78s squadrons, at the end of Tuesday four Merryfisher 755s, 40M Sunseeker and a broom 35 Coupe were sold and to the midpoint of the show, Wednesday 18, a rib and Ribquest 4.8 m Stingray 235 were just two of many more.
In addition to sales data, thousands of people could enjoy numerous events organized there, sailing, try a boat, family journeys by sea, diving basics, the latest trends in engine and machinery , try a canoe or kayak and comprehensive information to challenge lovers of competition, sailing across the sea. Boaters have developed their navigation skills and learned new techniques of navigation, docking, boat handling.
Celebrities and dignitaries also attended the Hall: Top Gear Richard Hammond launched three new models of Sunseeker Manhattan 55 Yacht 68 Sport and 80 Sport Yacht, Boating personalities included Geoff Holt MBE, Sir Robin Knox -Johnston, Shelley Jory – Leigh and Dee Caffari.
The cast of celebrities – including Lesley Joseph and Brian Conley – from the Mayflower theater succeeded with a Christmas pantomime ‘Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates of the Caribbean’, Prime Minister of the Cayman Islands and the sheriff of Southampton, and seven members one Lord, including Mike Thornton, who has the largest concentration of BMF members in his constituency; Resistance and British swimmer Anna Wardley 1 Ski Cross champion Emily Sarsfield.
The maritime industry in the UK will meet soon at the London Boat Show on the 4 to 12 January 2014.
PSP Southampton Boat Show will open again next year to offer a world of sensations that revolve around the maritime world and will also be the host the start of the Global Ocean Race from the Race Village.
Southampton has always been connected with the sea, and the harbour has been a major source of employment for the city. It was especially important port for pleasure cruise ships, which had their peak during the first half of the twentieth century, and particularly in the interwar years, it collected almost half the passenger traffic of the UK.
It continues to be home to several luxury liners, as well as the largest freight port on the coast of the Channel, with several container terminals.
Unlike many other British ports such as Liverpool, London and Bristol, where industry and port activities have left urban centers leaving room for redevelopment, Southampton retains within the town much of its industrial activity. Part of the port has been reused, however, to build the leisure center «Ocean Village».
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