Ambassadors gather outside the Earl's Court Exhibition for a sneak preview of the all-new boat show

This morning three of the ambassadors of the all-new Whyte & Mackay Earls Court Boat Show gathered for a photo call outside the main entrance of the Earls Court exhibition centre.

They were single-handed yachtswomen Dee Caffari, Class 1 Powerboat Champion Steve Curtis and Powerboat Racer Shelley Jory with her Honda 225 raceboat Team Raymarine.

Each of them share fond memories of Earls Court as a venue for boat shows.

Like most of us, World Powerboat Chamption Steve Curtis recalls being dragged to the exhibition centre at an early age by his dad.

The demise of the Earls Court Boat Show run by National Boat Shows and the British Marine Federation was a “great loss to boating”, he said, adding that this entirely new event should “bring the fun back into boating”.

Nick Gaskin, Customer Marketing Director of whisky company Whyte & Mackay said “we are delighted to be a sponsor”.

He added: “there is so much passion, excitement and a real sense of community spirit among everyone taking part.”

Motorboat exhibitors will include Cranchi, newcomers Cobia Boats and Cruisers Yachts.

The PRINZ 54 will be making its exclusive debut at Earls Court. The 54 sportscruiser is a 3-cabin design sporting the revolutionary Volvo Penta IPS system.

Steve Curtis and Shelley Jory will be part of the ‘Powerboat Village’ at the show in December. The village attraction will be set up like a racing pit and will showcase many different types of powerboats; with some important historical boats too.

Shelley, Steve and fellow race drivers will be on hand to chat to visitors and answer questions about their sport.

Photo caption:
Front – James Brooke, MD of the Whyte & Mackay Earls Court Boat Show shakes hands with Nick Gaskin, Customer Marketing Director of Whyte & Mackay
Back – left to right Dee Cafari, Steve Curtis and Shelley Jory