The crowds pour through the gates as the sun comes out at the 40th Southampton International Boat Show

 

What a beautiful day. I’ve just come from a fashion show at the Main Stage – Powered by Fairline, which provided some much appreciated eye candy, turning the heat up on Southampton even more.

At 9.45am there was already an impressive crowd gathered outside the gates in the morning sun, eager to see what Southampton has to offer. And, although we’ll have to wait until tomorrow for official visitor numbers, it certainly feels busy walking around the site.

Yesterday, after an initial bright start there was something of a torrential downpour in the mid afternoon, which I sincerely hope is not repeated today. The MBM team were ok though, we sheltered below decks on the Monterey 415 where we feasted on steak, sausages and kebabs, followed by a dessert of homemade chocolate tart, all prepared by a Michelin star chef. A genius idea and surely a show first.

There are lots of events going on throughout the show. I’m just about to go and snap a Search & Rescue demonstration by the MCA and the RNLI so expect lots of photos later.

As yesterday whizzed by in a champagne whirl, today is about getting to grips with what is here. We’ll be zipping around all the new boats, having a nosey at the latest accessories and gear and indulging in the fun side of the show to bring you our highlights. Watch this space.