Broadcast audio press centre for the CWM FX London Boat Show 2015

Where adventure starts, pioneers meet and innovation shines

Taking place from 9 - 18 January at London's ExCeL. Over 400 marine businesses from across the UK and beyond head to the prestigious Show. The Show will host many world firsts from across the marine industry including 77 confirmed debut boats.

For full list of uploaded Show audio click here from 9 January.

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Gold meets foil

Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas was at the CWM FX London Boat Show to start a very special boat building project.

It's a first for the Show - the real-time build of a 5.9m sailing catamaran with a cutting-edge hydrofoil system developed by a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University.

The ‘Solent Whisper’ has now begun to take shape in front of visitors.

Helena Lucas was joined by the boat's designer, Ron Price and Thom White from White Formula, who will be manufacturing the catamaran.

Helena, who studied with Ron on the Yacht and Powercraft Design degree course and has sailed Solent Whisper with him, is enthusiastic about the craft’s potential. “For me it is particularly exciting as it opens up the foiling experience to everyone; young and old, disabled and able bodied alike”, she says. Ron Price, who is now Senior Lecturer in Naval Architecture at the University’s Warsash Maritime Academy developed the innovative hydrofoil technology for the Solent Whisper.

Helena spoke to reporter Mary Stanley