2015 marked the 61st year of the London Boat Show. Famous for it's international exhibitors and incredible displays we take a look at what made 2015 another great year for this world renowned event.
With over 400 beautiful boats on display, LIBS15 had something for everyone with vessels ranging in value from £300 to £4.6million. In recent years questions have been raised about the boat show’s relevance to the large yacht sphere. However, this year the London Boat Show hit back at critics and was able to wow crowds within the marine industry and beyond.
Something for Everyone
Even the entrance to the event itself was a talking point. Like many attractions within the show, the walkway was completely interactive allowing entrants to 'control' the rain. Incredibly sensitive sensors offered you the chance to control the weather as they detected your body movement on approach ceasing the rain. It seemed interactivity was a common theme in the CWM FX sponsored show. Also open to visitors was the 4D experience. Challenging the senses, the experience replicated various nautical locations from the hot, humid tropics to icy arctic.
Once again, Sunseeker invested heavily and their presence was certainly felt thanks to their impressive display. With some yachts valued at £28 million, it was evidently clear that no-expense had been spared.
The Boat Show managed to attract large crowds on its opening day, along with a string of celebrities. Among those in attendance were Sir Ben Ainslie, HRH Princess Anne, Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez- Versisni.
Former Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, was given the honour of unveiling the Sunseeker International's new boat: the revolutionary Predator 57. Measuring in at 60ft the Predator is described as a:
'A triumph of design and craftsmanship, every inch has been painstakingly crafted with a flawless attention to detail.'
and costs £900,000.00 (excluding VAT).
On Wednesday the people's champion and Olympic sailor, Sir Ben Ainslie accepted an official Guinness World Record on behalf of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. The title was awarded for the largest sailing race in 24 hours in multiple venues. An incredible 3484 boats participated in 237 locations around the world in 'Bart's Bash'. A total of £366,391 was raised for charity with the goal of inspiring the next generation of sailors.
The London Boat Show truly offers boating enthusiasts a unique insight to the upcoming year in the marine industry whilst also providing an entertainment package for those just looking for a good day out.
We look forward to next year and hope to see you there!
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Authors: Chesney Jones and Tom Ward