Ben Ainslie among the heroes to open the summer boat show

The official opening of the PSP Southampton Boat Show saw 15

members of Great Britain’s triumphant Olympic and Paralympics squad being

driven around the show in electric carts. They disembarked the carts and walked

through an applauding audience before taking to the stage. Ben Ainsle

officially declared the show open and cut the ribbon.

Minutes later, F1 starts, Jensen Button and Eddie Jordan,

launched Sunseeker’s new boats, the Predator 80 and Portofino 40.

Chairman Robert Braithwaite described the Portofino as the

beginning of a new era for Sunseeker, saything that they have gone back to

their roots with the long bow, slanted screen and deep-v performance hull.

Arguably the most successful builder in the world right now,

Princess Yachts gave a very positive business overview during the launch of its

new 56 flybridge. Sales Director, Will Green, said that developments in

production methods, including advanced vacuum infusion lay ups, had helped the

Plymouth yard to create craft that were both more efficient to build and run

whilst delivering more internal volume.

The new 56 is significantly larger than the old 54 but

weighs the same, runs on smaller 800hp engines but still hits the same 33 knot

top speed, and, importantly, costs the same as the old model.

Princess is also unveiling the new 62S hardtop at

Southampton.

See the gallery here, which will be updated throughout the show