Saturday January 17th, 2009
55 YEARS AND STILL AFLOAT
The London Boat Show closes its doors for the 55th time on Sunday (18th January) and what a spectacular year itís been so far. The Cityís largest annual event, The Boat Show is held at the EXEL state-of-the-art exhibition centre in the London Docklands and attracts thousands of visitors from the world over.
This yearís event is playing host to over 500 exhibitors including the interactive Deck Games zone featuring rowing competitions, model boating and canoeing. There is also a chance to get a close up look at HMS Westminster, a Royal Navy Frigate moored in the exhibition centreís purpose built and quite spectacular marina. The show boasts the largest collection of in-production boats in the world including narrow and wide beam boats. The marina also has a programme of on-water activities to enjoy. For visitors yet to find their sea legs there is the midday Seaskool, which teaches wanna-be sailors how to get into the sport.
There is also some great entertainment of offer with the aquatic extravaganza ĎA Mermaidís Taleí in the arena, an aerial display, extreme acrobatics, dance and music and maritime fashion and swimwear catwalk show. Amongst the most fascinating exhibitions is the Classic Boat feature, which offers a fascinating insight into the restoration of boats and this year the Cutty Sark Project is centre stage.
The 55th London Boat Show is a truly enthralling, entertaining and educational experience and Harbour Guides thoroughly recommend that you pay it a visit if at all possible. Even if youíre not a true nautical enthusiast you are guaranteed to come away with a craving for salty spray in your face.
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