The Fizz is the whizz

Felicity ‘Fizz’ Macnamara has been crowned Miss PSP Southampton Boat Show for 2008.

Felicity, from Chandlers Ford in Southampton, impressed the judges with both her beauty and her brains, the organisers said.

As well as making the final ten, facing a web-based public vote and a final decision by the judges today, the entrants also had to take part in four challenging rounds held at the 40th Show.

The short-listed finalists were tested on their one-handed knot tying skills, marine knowledge, ability to handle a canoe and finally their artistic flair in the recently launched Design a Sail competition.

For the final part of the contest, the ten boating beauties added extra glamour to the main stage, by modelling stylish cocktail dresses to the delight of both the judges and the gathered audience, who demonstrated their approval of each contestant by cheering loudly.

Besides the coveted title of Miss PSP Southampton Boat Show 2008, Felicity has won a photo shoot on a luxury Fairline powerboat and will also take on the role of official ambassador of NBS for the year which, among profile raising publicity, will entitle her to VIP access to the London International Boat Show 2009 at ExCeL.

Felicity Macnamara, Miss PSP Southampton Boat Show 2008 winner, spoke of her delight at winning the prestigious title: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the competition!

“It was quite tough and very competitive as we were all out to win, and I’m pleased to have taken on and triumphed over such worthy adversaries.”

The annual competition held on the final weekend of the Show, in association with ITV, was judged by Paul Strzelecki, Chairman of National Boat Shows (NBS); Claus Lundekvam who has just retired from a 12 year footballing career with Southampton Football Club; Jo Dixie of PSP, title sponsors of the Show; Samantha Bryant, Product Manager for the London International Boat Show; and Ash Bolton from the Southern Daily Echo.

Jo Dixie of PSP explained what the judges were looking for: “We were looking for the contestants to add their own style, glamour and individuality, which they all did extremely well. All the judges were overwhelmed with the standard of entries and what each of the girls brought to the event.”

Claus Lundekvam, retired professional footballer, added: “While beauty plays a large part in winning a competition such as this, we were also judging the contestants on a number of other attributes, and for us there was one clear winner in Felicity.”