PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014
Press Day on 12 September 2014
Show runs to 21 September.
For all Show audio click here from 8 September.
With over 500 exhibitors and 1000s of boats and brands this year's Show is a festival of boating fun for everyone. There are many ways to get out on the water, whether the visitor is new to boating or an experienced sailor.
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Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) Team Principal, Sir Ben Ainslie, has launched a new team partnership with Yamaha Motor in the UK.
The Olympic sailing star was at the PSP Southampton Boat Show for the presentation of the first of the BAR team’s new 9.8m Scorpion Serket RIB chase boats, with twin Yamaha F225 engines.
Ed Stevens is from Yamaha in the UK
Tuesday 16 September
It's apprentice graduation day at the PSP Southampton Boat Show and one of the world’s greatest sailors attended the ceremony.
Sir Ben Ainslie handed certificates to fifty five students who had travelled from all over the country.
It marked the end of their apprenticeships and the beginning of their careers in marine engineering and boatbuilding
Ewan Leckie is from Sunseeker International in Poole, Dorset
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) is the official charity of the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
The charity transforms the lives of young people through sailing. It was founded by Sir Ben Ainslie CBE, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew's wife Leah following the early death of Olympic Gold medallist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson in 2013.
The Foundation offers a unique combination of the challenges of being on the water with the teaching of Bart’s life skills and values to enable young people between the age of 5 and 24 to realise their potential.
Richard Percy, CEO of ASSF spoke to reporter Mary Stanley at the end of the day when Sir Ben visited the Show for the charity.
A national charity is giving one young person the chance to compete in the world’s longest ocean race.
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) has been given a berth on one of the legs of the famous Clipper Round The World Race, from China to the USA.
Sir Ben Ainslie, one of the founding Trustees of the Foundation and Clipper Race Chairman, Sir Robin Knox Johnston, launched the competition at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
The charity, which was founded in memory of Olympic sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson, is asking for nominations amongst 18 to 24 year olds.
Sir Robin says it will be a great experience for the lucky winner
It’s apprentice graduation day at the PSP Southampton Boat Show and one of the world’s greatest sailors attended the ceremony.
Sir Ben Ainslie handed certificates to fifty five students who had travelled from all over the country.
It marked the end of their apprenticeships and the beginning of their careers in marine engineering and boatbuilding.
Sir Ben talked about his own experiences in boat yards
Fiona Pankhurst, President of the British Marine Federation, is urging young people to consider the marine industry as a career.
She was speaking at the Graduation Ceremony for marine apprentices at the PSP Southampton Boat Show
Disabled teenager Natasha Lambert sailed into the PSP Southampton Boat Show to a huge welcome from the British Marine industry.
Natasha arrived in her 21ft yacht "Miss Isle Too" after completing her Sea and Summit challenge earlier this year. She sailed over 500 miles from Cowes to Swansea and then swapped her adapted yacht for a special walker which enable her to scale the highest peak in Southern Britain, Pen Y Fan.
As Natasha came alongside she was met by the President of the British Marine Federation (BMF) Fiona Pankhust, Vice Presidents David Pougher and Arthur Bennett, CEO of the BMF Howard Pridding, Chairman of National Boat Shows, Peter Gordon and MD Murray Ellis.
Fiona Pankhurst spoke to reporter Mary Stanley
A Hampshire charity which helps injured servicemen get into sailing has received a helping hand at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
Toe in the Water, based in Gosport, received a cheque for £1,500 from Dean and Reddyhoff, owners of Haslar Marina.
Former soldier Peter Haywood suffered serious injuries to his right leg while on tour in Afghanistan. He says the charity has changed his life.
English Harbour Yachts launched the second model in their range on the first day of the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
The company, who are based in Oudle in Northamptonshire, are justifiably proud of the EH27 Cabin cruiser which is designed and built in Britain.
Adam Greenwood is the Managing Director of English Harbour Yachts. He told reporter Karen Woods more...
As the PSP Southampton Boat Show opened Commercial Director Fairline, Stuart McCullough spoke of the company's future plans and of their positive expectations of the Show.
Fairline's impressive array of boats are nestled at the heart of the Boat Show's huge temporary marina.
The founder and President of Sunseeker International is looking forward to a very special PSP Southampton Boat Show.
Robert Braithwaite welcomed Claudia Winkleman and Eddie Jordan to the stand for its opening.
Sunseeker always features a jaw dropping display of boats and this year is no exception.
Robert told us his expectations for the show....
TV presenter Monty Halls has launched a revolutionary engine at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
Monty, who’s a marine biologist and diver, worked with Suzuki to create a cutting edge engine for his ultimate diving boat. He’s going to use it to dive off South Africa on a major new expedition.
Monty explained more about the engine and the expedition.
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is the official charity of the PSP Southampton Boat Show. The charity was founded after the early death of Olympic sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson in May 2013.
On the first day of the Show Trustee, and long time sailing partner of Bart, Iain Percy and One Show's Matt Baker cut the opening ribbon.
They were joined by young ambassadors of the Foundation Casey Gunn, Megan Raison, Oliver and Amber Hale. Carrying the all important scissors were Bart's sons, Freddie and Hamish.
Iain explained more about the Foundation
A Hampshire company is celebrating 30 years of its life saving products at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
To a packed press event Crewsaver introduced its latest Crewfit 165 life jacket – three decades after its first design. The newest addition to the Ergofit range - Ergofit Extreme made its debut too.
Throughout the show visitors have the chance to win a special edition celebration life jacket. At the launch they were also treated to scrumptious Crewsaver cupcakes.
Managing Director Ross Wilkinson says he’s proud to be launching the product at the show.
Co-host of BBC Strictly Come Dancing Claudia Winkleman revealed her love of the water as she cut the ribbon to open the Sunseeker stand at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
She was joined by Robert Braithwaite, President and founder of Sunseeker and Formula guru Eddie Jordan.
Claudia told us she loved the boats so much they might have to drag her away...
One Show presenter has swapped the sofa for a tall ship.
Matt Baker sailed into the PSP Southampton Boat Show on board Phoenix, a ship which has starred in Doctor Who and Hornblower.
On board were Jo Dixie-Goodwin and Frank Dixie from show sponsors, PSP and triple Olympic medallist Iain Percy who was representing the official charity of the Show, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation
Matt and Iain joined a group of young ambassadors from the charity to cut the ribbon and declare the Show open.
Over 600 exhibitors will be at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, making it one of the most important business opportunities for marine businesses.
The show opens on 12 September and runs until Sunday 21 September.
Commercial Director Adrian Danson explained more about the Show's contribution to the industry.
A huge boating village has appeared on Southampton’s waterfront. It’s all part of the annual PSP Southampton Boat Show.
For the past three months over 50 contractors have been building the largest temporary marina in Europe. It will host over 330 boats during the Show.
By Friday 600 exhibitors will also be ready for the annual festival of boating.
The Show will be opened on Friday by TV presenter Matt Baker.
Organiser Murray Ellis explained that the Show is built from scratch in a very short period of time.
The PSP Southampton Boat Show has the largest temporary marina in Europe.
Nestled amongst the sparking new yachts and power boats will be a boat with a history.
"Hantu Biru" was bought from ebay for £500 by the team from yachting magazine, Practical Boat Owner.
The restoration of the 23ft yacht has featured in the pages of the magazine but at the Show visitors will have the first chance to see her on the water.
Deputy Editor Ben Meakins told us about her history and how others can follow their restoration lead...
The Royal Navy has a significant presence at this year's PSP Southampton Boat Show.
Throughout the Show visitors will be able to experience the thrill of an Offshore Raiding craft.
From Thursday 18 September HMS Severn will be at the Show and on opening day and each Saturday the Royal Navy's daring parachute display team will be literally dropping in....
LT Commander Tom Canty told us more.
The PSP Logistics yacht has just sailed around the world in the famous Clipper Race.
It will be setting a more modest course as it sails into the PSP Southampton Boat Show on the first day of the annual Boat Show (12 September)
One of the crew members aboard for the race was Edward Collison. He will be at the Show to tell visitors about his experiences and gave us a preview...
Disabled teenage sailor Natasha ‘Miss Isle’ Lambert will sail into the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Monday 15 September at 11.30am to be met and congratulated by Directors of the British Marine Industry, and senior figures in the marine industry, after her epic Sea and Summit challenge.
Natasha sails her 21ft boat, Miss Isle Too, only by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered helmet designed by her dad Gary.
The incredible 17-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, sailed over 500 miles around the South West coast of England to Wales before, almost exactly one month after leaving her hometown of Cowes on the Isle of Wight (24 July,) swapping her boat for her special walking aid, called a Hart Walker, to climb Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain.
Natasha's boat will be at the Show from Monday until the close of Show and everyone is welcome to see the boat and meet Natasha.
Natasha's parents, Amanda and Gary Lambert revealed their feelings as Natasha completed her sail in Swansea and the mountain climb.