The PSP Southampton International Boat Show got off to a splendid start today

 

I’m ignoring the fact that I just felt a drop of rain on my head as I entered the pressroom, as this morning has been so lovely that I refuse to believe our weather luck is coming to an end.

The PSP Southampton International Boat Show got off to a splendid start today with the sun shining brightly, as a jazz band serenaded hoards of people while they supped Champagne at the Sealine stand. This is what boat shows should be about. Every time.

Sealine was launching its sporty SC47 but I couldn’t linger around for too long, it was time to dash off to the Main Stage – Powered by Fairline for the official opening of the show, where I caught a glimpse of Dame Ellen MacArthur and the Great Britain sailing team, fresh from their achievements in Beijing.

This is my first Southampton and I have to say I love it. Southampton is a fitting location for a boat show and I love the fact it’s outdoors – it just opens everything up and boats look so much nicer when they’re, well, on water.

My only problem is that it is so huge and I haven’t quite figured out where everything is yet. On top of this, I have already callously discarded my programme so I am spending half my time dashing back to the MBM stand to take a peak at their copy before toddling off again. Phew!

So if you see me walking around looking all confused please take pity on me.