Neale and Claire strike their best poses as they model the latest Gill range

 

Five days in and still no sign of boat show fatigue, although a few of us on the MBM team are struggling a little today as the social side of the boat show is starting to take its toll.

And it seems we’re not the only ones that have been indulging in the odd tipple, as I hear the Guinness bar ran out of receipts the other day. It certainly adds weight to our suspicions that exhibitors have been consuming most of the Guinness and requesting the telltale receipts for expenses. Sorry guys, we’re on to you.

This morning the organisers of the newly titled Sail, Powers & Watersports Show (not exactly roll off your tongue, is it?) called a press conference to try and drum up interest in this year’s show at Earls Court. And James Brooke, MD of the show, brushed off concerns that three big boat shows could not survive in the current climate. Brooke said, “I think there’s room for more than three shows, it’s a massive market”. We hope you’re right James.

This afternoon I got a sneaky peak at the latest offshore foul weather clothing from Gill. The Key West range includes eye-catching style, such as this women’s jacket, modelled by Claire, and lots of practical features. Neale wears the Gill Waterproof Sailing Trousers, perfect for the boat or the pub (lovely Neale, just lovely). We’ll bring you more on the range in the November issue of MBM.