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Southampton International Boat Show returns

by Louisa Daley

The Southampton International Boat Show, which takes place from 10-19 September, has hosted its first weekend of events.

Opened by members of the British Olympic Sailing Team and Ian Cooke, president of British Marine, visitors queued at the new entrance, Westquay, to explore the show format.

The new and improved layout of the 52nd edition of the show includes five new zones; Watersports, Dinghy, Classic & Day Boat along with On The Water  and Festival Green.

The programme included presentations from guest speakers on the Foredeck Stage from foiling tips to ocean races, to sustainability and advice on how to build your own boat.

Ian Cooke, president of British Marine, said: “We have received fantastic feedback from visitors and exhibitors regarding the new layout of the event and everyone is hugely excited to be back.  I’m extremely proud to be a part of this and look forward to building on it for next year.”

James Brooke, director, Extreme Marine and Fliteboard UK, said: This is the first time we have exhibited at the show and the interest and feedback from everyone, even seasoned sailors, has been incredible.  It’s still a relatively new product but it’s selling well from our stand, next year we will stock five times the number of boards as we have sold 80% of the boards here already. Our two pro riders, Glyn Ovens and Tom Court, have been out on the water showcasing the Fliteboards inspiring all of us to get out there and try it, whilst giving technical support and information at the stand.”

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