Matt Baker and Iain Percy OBE to open Southampton show

The One Show host will sail into the Southampton show with the Olympic gold medallist

TV presenter Matt Baker will be the star guest at this year’s Southampton Boat Show, it has been confirmed.

The One Show
presenter is due to sail into Southampton marina on board Pheonix, an historic tall ship, before cutting the ribbon.

He will be joined by Olympic gold medallist Iain Percy OBE, who hopes to attract more young people into sailing as the Andrew Simpson Foundation’s ambassador to the show.

Following the opening, the duo will greet the show’s first guests arriving on Friday (12 September).

Matt spoke of his excitement at attending, saying: “I have always wanted to visit the Southampton Boat Show and as a sailing novice it’s the perfect opportunity to get some more experience out on the water.”

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Other famous faces heading to Southampton include Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkelman and F1 supremo Eddie Jordan, who will be officially opening the Sunseeker stand at midday on Friday.

This year’s Southampton Boat Show will include a broad range of on-water activities, as well as the new Boat Show Eye ferris wheel, giving visitors a bird’s eye view of the marina.

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