What's on for the rest of the week

Visitor figures for the opening days of the the Collins Stewart London Boat Show are on par with last year and initial feedback is positive.

Organisers National Boat Shows, who are an arm of the British Marine Federation, say: “The balance of the show looks very positive as pre-sales for the reminder of the show are up 14% compared with last year.”

The unofficial numbers are:
Friday 11 Jan = 8,000 visitors, down by 29% on 2007
Saturday 12 Jan = 16,000, up by 4% on 2007
Sunday 13 Jan = 14,700 people, up by 19% on 2007

Many dealers were reporting sales on the opening day, with Cranchi dealer Abersoch Land & Sea breaking open the champagne after securing two sales, including that of their brand new Zaffiro. Pictured is new owner Scott Owen with Abersoch MD Trevor Bethell (left).

What’s happening for the rest of the Show? Here are some highlights over the next seven days:

Tuesday 15 January
Following the announcement of the YJA / Raymarine Yachtsman of the Year award at the Painted Hall at Greenwich, there will be a Boat Review 2007 on the Main Stage, Powered by Fairline.

Wednesday 16 January
HRH Princess Royal will be arriving at the Show at 12.40pm before enjoying an official tour between 2.30pm and 3.50pm.
To conclude the visit Princess Anne will be presenting the RYA Yachtmaster of the Year Award 2007.

Thursday 17 January
Enjoy an evening stroll along the Marina in association with Cowes Online or catch live music from Laura Critchley on the Main Stage powered by Fairline on late-night Thursday.

Friday 18 January
Today, the BMF hosts a delegation from the South Korea’s Gyeonggi Province, led by the Governor Kim Moon-soo, to announce the first Korean International Boat Show, to be held in June 2008.

Saturday 19 January
Out on the Marina the Dinghy Weekender kicks off with the highly competitive Ovington Boats Grand Prix.

Sunday 20 January
The Dinghy Weekender and the final day of the Show culminates with the Battle of the Classes Pursuit Race, starting at midday.

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