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2011 London Boat Show
REFLECTIONS ON THE 2011
LONDON BOAT SHOW
Model and sportswoman Jodie Kidd officially marked the opening of the Show by cutting a ribbon. This was a fire cracker of an opening ceremony. A high adrenaline watersports display on the Show's new indoor pool, followed by a sparkling firework display to declare London’s biggest annual boating event open.
Spectators were dazzled with a dramatic sequence of stunts by the Show's team of watersports stars who combined kayaking, wakeboarding and stand up paddle boarding. The impressive 70m x 24m Watersports Action Pool is the Show's new centrepiece and was in use throughout the 10 day event, mixing live demos with 'have a go' sessions for Show visitors.
Event organiser National Boat Shows (NBS) says that the rejuvenation of the Show, which closed on Sunday, helped to broaden its appeal and attract a more diverse range of visitors. They tell us that some 109,778 people visited this year’s Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show – a seven per cent increase over 2010 figures. Together with the Outdoors Show and London Bike Show, which opened on the Thursday, total combined attendance reached 140,164.
Ribs & Power
Only two new models of note were introduced at the Show, Ribraft's new 850 Sports Cruiser cabin rib and a Rib-X model targeted at the motor yacht super tender market featuring a split console design, sun lounge areas and finished in a bright Lamborghini metallic orange.
Yamaha had its usual impressive presence with a double tier stand and Barras, if you could find them, a very small display. Once again Honda and Suzuki had chosen not to attend.
The Knowledge Box
It was so easy to take time out, rest those weary legs, and learn a lot. A very successful idea which I hope continues into some of the following boat show events. Overall the Show format was very different which I found to be very enjoyable. A positive step change from what had become the same old formula.
Well, what’s next for us ribsters? RIBEX on the Isle of Wight 13-15th May to see what Hugo can do to bolster-up the rib industry..!
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