Last week we took a trip down to the 2018 British Marine London Boat Show at the ExCel Centre. It was a fantastic day meeting like-minded boat lovers, drooling over yachts and superyachts we’ll never be able to afford and buying lots of books, gadgets & trinkets we don’t need but definitely want!
In order to travel light I didn’t take my dslr cameras and instead took the little Panasonic Lumix GH4. Considering the size and price it’s not a bad little camera but not quite up to the quality of sensor & glass as my usual cameras so please excuse the image quality of the below shots.
I was really impressed by these incredible all-wooden surfboards made by Lignum Surfboards. They truly are a thing of beauty and as pleasing to touch as they are to look at. I’m sure they are pretty amazing to ride too. They also had a prototype wooden stand up paddleboard commissioned by the TV presenter Ben Fogle, ecologically sound and beautiful, what more could you want?
While at the boat show I met up with Tom Foy of British Marine to have a chat about the benefits of membership, as a result of that chat I have submitted my application for membership and look forward to being able to announce some good news on that front in the next few weeks.
Some other highlights of the show for me were chatting with Simon Temlett, publisher of some of the most respected boating magazines including Classic Boat and Yachts & Yachting. I hope to be photographing some sailing action for various magazines later this year so watch this space.
We stuck around for the Yachts & Yachting magazine awards, (might have had something to do with the free champagne 😉 ), and saw some big names in the sailing world accepting these coveted awards. Below is the silhouette of legendary Vendée Globe sailor Alex Thomson receiving his award for Pro Sailor of the year. Congratulations to all of the winners, worthy recognition indeed.
Many thanks to British Marine for laying on such a magnificent show, roll on September and the Southampton Boat Show (also organised by British Marine), looking forward to it already!
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