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Royal Docks 2012 offering Superyacht Berths during the Olympic Games

January 04, 2012

Royal Docks 2012 are providing a limited number of prestigious superyacht berths in the centre of London during the Olympic Games. The facility is perfectly situated just a few minutes from Central London, London City airport, and the city’s sporting venues.

Royal Docks 2012 - Superyacht Berthing in London

Royal Docks 2012 - Superyacht Berthing in London

Royal Docks 2012 has been created as a Marketing and Management interface by the Royal Docks Management Authority Limited (RoDMA). The historic Royal Docks offer the largest enclosed berthing space in London and are being developed to accommodate large yachts all year around. Located close to the city centre and the O2 Arena, The Royals are now a designated enterprise zone and offer an unprecedented opportunity for marine development.

Royal Docks 2012 - Superyacht VIP Reception Suite

Royal Docks 2012 - Superyacht VIP Reception Suite

Superyacht Berths in London - Luxurious Interiors

Superyacht Berth - Luxurious Interior

VIP Facilities provided by Royal Docks 2012:
- 24 Hour Security
- VIP Lounge
- VIP Parking
- Crew Facilities
- 24 Hour Concierge Service

British Sporting Heroes at the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

January 03, 2012

To celebrate the start of UK’s most significant sporting year, visit the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show this January. To be held at ExCeL London from January 6th to 15th, the show will present a number of Britain’s sporting personalities, which will give all the visitors the opportunity to experience a great day out and meet their favourite sporting heros.

Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show

Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show

A long list of names is confirmed including:  British Sailors Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy & Andrew Simpson; Sprint Kayaker Jess Walker; K1 Slalom Kayaker Huw Swetnam and young British Freestyle Jet Ski champion Jack Moule. The Show will kick off the UK’s sporting calendar in true British style as well as supporting the nation’s best-in-class sailing and watersports champions.

The Going for Gold attraction is a must-see. The visitors will be able to see eight Olympic Class yachts used by Skandia Team GBR; from the ‘Finn’, the type of yacht used by triple Olympic medallist, Ben Ainslie – Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor ever – to the ‘Star’, the class in which the successful pairing of Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson compete.

The visitors will also be able to listen to Ben in Clarks’ Knowledge Box on Thursday at 4.30pm, and Iain and Andrew on Friday 6 at 2.10pm, giving an insider’s perspective into what this exciting summer holds for them. In amongst the Olympic-class yachts will be two British Rowing Team yachts on display, in anticipation for the rowers to be selected for the Games, along with an Olympic-class kayak and five GBR kayakers.

The visitors can test their skills on the kayak simulator, talk to some of Britain’s leading sports hopefuls, cheer them on and show their support ahead of the games this summer.

Amongst the kayaking personalities present will be:

- Lizzie Neave (GB Women’s K1 Slalom Kayaker) who will be giving demos alongside her GB team mate Huw Swetnam (GB Men’s K1 Slalom Kayaker)

- Lani Belcher and Abigail Edmonds (Britain’s 5000m sprinters) who will be giving visitors the chance to put their kayaking skills to the test.

In addition to strong turnout of sailing and watersport stars present at the Show, the visitors will also be able to meet and observe the exceptional talent of Britain’s National Jet Ski Champion, Jack Moule, who will be giving exciting adrenalin-fuelled live demos of his latest tricks out on the dock throughout the first weekend of the Show.

Adrian Danson, Show organiser, comments: “The 2012 London Boat Show offers the opportunity to really immerse yourself in the sporting spirit and mark the celebration of what will undoubtedly be a big year in UK sports history. Our Show will offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet with some of our nation’s leading sporting talent ahead of the summer and we’re certain that it will be a memorable experience that you won’t forget!”

Tullett Prebon London Boat Show in the ´City of Sport in 2012´

December 28, 2011

The Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, held in ExCeL London, January 6-15, 2012 provides the perfect opportunity to visit UK´s capital known as the ´City of sport in 2012´. There will be a wide variety of activities to spectate or partecipate in, keeping both passionate boating and watersports enthusiasts and newcomers to the Show entertained.

London´s biggest boating experience - Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

London´s biggest boating experience - Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

As well as a special two-day ticket, international visitors are entitled to exclusive offers through the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show website, so make the most of being in the Capital. They can enjoy more for less with hotel and travel offers, plus enjoy discounted theatre tickets giving the chance to pick the best seats. Visitors can also pop over to Canary Wharf, just ten minutes from ExCeL, to visit some of the best bars, restaurants and shops London has to offer. With so much going on at the Show visitors may find it hard to pull themselves away from the excitement, but for those keen to take a trip to London in 2012 the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show offers the perfect excuse!

With exciting attractions such as the Watersports Action Pool, Clarks’ Knowledge Box and the Classic Boat Attraction (in association with Teamac Marine Paints) the Capital’s Show marks the start of the new boating year in the UK. Visitors will be able to get involved and have a go, learn something new, or just relax and gaze at the luxury multi-million pound yachts.

The 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show will feature several World, European and UK launches and almost a 1000 yachts of all shapes and sizes to experience first-hand, from entry-level wakeboards costing as little as £100, to glamorous and glitzy multi-million pound sailing and motor yachts like those from Princess, Sunseeker, Oyster and Jeanneau.

Visitors can:
- get out on the water and have a go at stand up paddleboarding, wakeboarding or sailing
- prepare themselves for the exciting summer ahead and see a host of Olympic-class boats used by Skandia Team GBR
- visit the Luxury Lifestyle and Supercar Showcase
- Adults and children alike will be able to scale the HMS Victory rigging.

In a Show first, the Luxury Lifestyle and Supercar Showcase debuts at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show in 2012, bringing a fantastic range of “uber-luxe” brands to visitors. The showcase will offer a multitude of high-end gadgets, cars, luxury fashion, jewellery, holidays and restaurants.

The Tullett Prebon London Boat Show is a key event in the UK boating calendar and a must-see lifestyle Show, but exclusive discounts for international visitors mean that no one need miss out on these exciting 10 days in what will be the sporting capital of 2012.

2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show officially opened by famous Tamara Ecclestone

December 23, 2011

The world-known 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show will be officially opened by the popular model, heiress and broadcaster Tamara Ecclestone at ExCeL London on Friday, 6 January. Tamara is well-known as a star of the recent famous TV series “Billion Dollar Girl.” She is also the face and body of Ultimo.

2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

Murray Ellis, managing director of National Boat Shows said:  “The 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show promises to be an action-packed 10 days and Tamara will make for a glamorous and high profile opening. The Show is the perfect start to the season and returns this year with around 1000 boats, more than 500 exhibitors, new technology and a variety of innovative products. It’s an ideal chance for the family to get together, have a go at a watersport activity, learn a new skill or dream about your new boat, making it an unmissable day out.”

There will also be a fantastic range of shopping brands where visitors can find the best in marine and casual fashion clothing, books, DVDs and a multitude of gadgets, some being launched for the first time.

2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show officially opened by famous Tamara Ecclestone

2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show officially opened by famous Tamara Ecclestone

The Show also brings many of the world’s sailing stars together under one roof. The Clarks’ Knowledge Box’ is the place to see, hear and learn from the experts of the boating world, including British ocean adventurer Adam Priddy and three-time Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie. Other watersports’ greats include British National Freestyle Jet Ski Champion Jack Moule performing exciting displays outside on the dock and team GBR canoe champions Lizzie Neave and Huw Sweetnam sharing experiences on the Going for Gold attraction. Visitors will also be able to view eight ‘Olympic class’ boats within the attraction, and Ben Ainslie’s class of boat as soon as they enter the Show.


Adult tickets can be purchased in advance of the Show from just £16, with two children going free (aged 15 or under) with each paying adult. Concessions also available.

The visitors can enjoy even more luxury and glamour at this year’s Show with the addition of the complementary new Luxury Lifestyle and Supercar Showcase, nestled amongst the glitzy yachts in the South Hall.

For the last four days of the Show, there will also be the London Bike Show, Outdoors Show and the Active Travel Show at ExCeL London for free with the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show ticket.

170m luxury motor yacht Aquiva – a Super Yacht Hotel for Canary Wharf

December 22, 2011

The Tower Hamlets Council has given its permission to the 170m motor yacht Aquiva, one of the world’s largest vessels to moor permanently near the Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf. Aquiva superyacht should become one of the best luxury hotels in London for the next 50 years.

170m luxury motor yacht Aquiva moored in Canary Wharf

170m luxury motor yacht Aquiva moored in Canary Wharf

Luxury seven-deck yacht Aquiva will offer accommodation to more than 300 guests in 181 rooms and will feature two restaurants, bars, a ballroom, business function rooms, a heath spa, a gym, floating shops and an executive lounge with an outdoor water feature Spa Pool after her 24-month completion.

Sit 23m above the water line and with her fantastic 170 metres in length over all, she will be 15m longer than the Barclays HQ Tower and even longer than the 147m Roman Abramovich´s £200m Chelsea superyacht.

The equivalent of one and a half football pitches mega yacht Aquiva should be moored at South Dock in time for the 2012 London Olympics as her Owners desire.

Superyacht UK Technical Seminar at the London Boat Show

December 08, 2011

Superyacht UK is hosting the 2nd annual Technical Seminar from 11a.m. to 6p.m. Thursday 12th January 2012 in the South Gallery Rooms 29 & 30 at the London Boat Show.With over 90 delegates attending the January 2011 seminar, there was overwhelming interest in running another event at the January 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show.

Superyacht UK logo

Dedicated to all those parties interested in learning about the latest code development, wider issues facing the industry and those who would like to take this excellent opportunity to network. The January 2011 delegates included representatives from shipyards, designers, naval architects, lawyers, insurance and management companies.

The 2012 programme will include discussions on Passenger Yacht Design and the Passenger Yacht Code; MARPOL Annex VI; Changes and Publication to The Large Yacht Code — LY3; Maritime Labour Convention 2006; UK Superyacht Build Projects; and the Superyacht UK Design Competition Winner Announcement.

RYA at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show 2012

December 06, 2011

From the 6th to 15th January, during the 2011 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show 2012, the RYA will be presenting a range different of activities, launches and winners to the show. On the RYA stand (A412) visitors will have the possibility to find out more about the runners and riders for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, the venue at Weymouth, as well as a glimpse of the ‘Our Sporting Life – heritage exhibition’ which will be present in the country throughout 2012.

London´s biggest boating experience - Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

London´s biggest boating experience - Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

As part of the exhibition RYA will be showcasing on the stand the silver medal winning Flying Dutchman K-300, from the 1976 Olympics in Canada, ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidoso’, which has been lovingly renovated and loaned to RYA by Andrew Hurst, editor of Seahorse Magazine.

There will be loads of information available on the RYA’s Sail for Gold programme; including Passage to Portland and Push the Boat Out, as well as details on how someone and his club can get involved with supporting RYA sailors in the lead up to the Games.

Launches and competitions

RYA will also be unveiling two great new publications; RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques (Saturday 07 January, 13.45, RYA stand A412) and the RYA Boat Safety Handbook (Saturday 14 January, 14.00 RYA stand A412).

By purchasing a copy of either of these books visitors will also be in with the chance of winning some great prizes. Either a Day Skipper or Competent Crew course with Sunsail when buying RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques or the possibility to win a free safety equipment audit and assistance with setting the yacht up to meet the owner´s style of sailing with the RYA’s own Training Manager Richard Falk or Chief Sailing Instructor Craig Burton.

The Green Blue will also be offering one lucky the winner the chance to win a Henri Lloyd Foul Weather Jacket and Hi Fit Trousers from the Blue Eco range.   All the visitors have to do is visit the RYA stand to pick up an entry form, answer one question on The Green Blue and pop it back in the entry box. The winner will be drawn at random on Friday 30 January 2012.

On Friday 06 January the RYA Sailability team will be joined by Sailability ambassador and CEO of the British Inspirational Trust Phil Packer. Phil will be joining the team to receive a £2,000 cheque presented by Tom Webb to RYA Sailability and the Even Keel Project (11.00, RYA stand A412). Tom raised the money in 2011 by completing a solo round Britain sailing challenge.

Later (14.00) Phil and the team will be officially launching the 2012 RYA Sailability Sunsail Regatta. Come and join the team at the launch drinks reception and find out more about the regatta and how the money raised from the event will support sailing opportunities for people with disabilities in the UK.


At the show RYA will also be presenting awards to the RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year winners, before seeing who is shortlisted for the YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award winner (Saturday 07, 14.10, Knowledge Box).

Then on Wednesday 11 January RYA will unveil the winner of the RYA Yachtmaster of the Year Award. HRH The Princess Royal will be joining RYA Training Manager Richard Falk on the stand to present the prize to this year’s winner (approx. 14.40).

Throughout the show

As usual throughout the show members of RYA staff will be available on the stand to provide visitors with loads of advice and information on training courses, getting started and membership.

A host of RYA publications will be available to purchase throughout the show with a special 20% discount across the board for RYA members. There will also be a 20% discount on all RYA e-Books purchased through the App Store during the show period.

And, if someone wants to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the show members can relax in the exclusive RYA Members Lounge situated in the ICC Capital Suite, serving food and beverages throughout the day. Members will also be given the exclusive opportunity to view the full ‘Our Sporting Life’ exhibition before it goes on public display in February and its official launch at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show in March.

´Show within a Show´ at 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

December 06, 2011

The 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show will present this year the addition of a new Luxury Lifestyle & Supercar Showcase. Held at ExCeL London from 6-15 January, this brand new, complementary showcase is promising to be an exciting extension to an already established,  much-loved and popular event. It will be located within the South Hall, adding even more value and style to the area, featuring such well known sailing and motor yacht builders as  Fairline, Jeanneau, Oyster Yachts, Princess, Sealine and Sunseeker .

Tullett Prebon London Boat Show logo

The ‘Show within a Show’ is a fantastic opportunity for all exhibitors and visitors to benefit from a larger, broader buyer offering, with the Showcase bringing up to 50 new brands and their customers together to ExCeL. These brands will include a rare diamonds investment company, Elite Gems, designer sunglasses from Robert Roope, Wayne Pollock bespoke holidays, contemporary fine art by Gallery Rouge and other luxury products. Visitors will now be able to browse high-end jewellery labels, experience home cinema systems and climb aboard multi-million pound sail and motor yachts all from within the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show.

2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

Murray Ellis, Managing Director of National Boat Shows, said:  “We are delighted to welcome the Luxury Lifestyle & Supercar Showcase within the South Hall for the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. This is a fantastic opportunity for the boating industry to show its strength to a new audience. It is a wonderful development that will enable us to offer an even better experience to all of our visitors and exhibitors.”

Luxury exhibitor David Cowling, of Clive Christian, said: “Clive Christian is pleased to announce its appearance at the Luxury Lifestyle & Supercar Showcase feature in alliance with the prestigious Tullett Prebon London Boat Show and Exclusively Events. We are committed to providing our customers with the very best that the luxury sector has to offer, and from our perspective the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show offers the perfect synergy and is therefore the obvious platform in which to do this.”

Scale HMS Victory rigging for the first time at Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

December 02, 2011

For the very first time at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, the Show’s organisers are set to bring visitors an amazing, once in a lifetime possibility to scale the rigging from 18th Century, 115´ HMS Victory ship. The fully rigged section of mast carrying the fore topgallant yardarm of Nelson’s flagship will tower above the Show as the centrepiece of the famous Classic Boat attraction in partnership with Teamac Marine Paints.

Nelson 115´ Flagship HMS Victory

Nelson´s 115´ Flagship HMS Victory in Portsmouth

Usually found 150 feet above the deck, this impressive attraction will allow visitors to climb up the rigging to truly experience what it is like to be aloft on an 18th century Man O’War under the watchful supervision of the National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth.

Everyone can take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn about the history of this famous vessel and watch live demonstrations about the use of several remarkable artefacts which have been extracted from the ship while under refit in Portsmouth’s naval dockyard.

To add to the flavour of this genuine article from HMS Victory, as well as bringing and rigging this iconic ship’s yardarms, sailors from the National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth will be providing visitors with the opportunity to explore a reconstructed traditional boatyard’s workshop.

From 6 – 15 January 2012, London’s biggest and best-loved boating experience, the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, returns to ExCeL London giving visitors the chance to see the first glimpse of the newest yachts being unveiled to the World.

RYA Volunteer Awards 2011

November 29, 2011

Local sailor Jim Hartshorne from Bankfoot received one of the RYA’s most prominent awards, an RYA Community Lifetime Commitment Award by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA at the organisation’s annual awards ceremony held at London’s One Great George Street, November 23.

Jim Hartshorne awarded by HRH the Princess Royal

Jim Hartshorne awarded by HRH the Princess Royal

A total of 48 voluntary awards were presented to winners hailing from across the UK from as far afield as Hayling Island and Loch Tummel, Scotland.

Jim Hartshorne was nominated for this award by the sailing club and was selected as a winner by the Awards panel for his work at his club, Loch Tummel Sailing Club, where he has been a member since the 1970s.

He has served as a flag officer for the club for a number of years as well as using his engineering background to help provide technical support. Jim has helped with the upkeep of the club including researching and implementing projects from the RYA Green Blue initiative. All his hard work and dedication has allowed his club to grow and develop including running regular events.

“Everyone at the awards ceremony was so friendly and there was such a relaxed atmosphere. It was great to meet lots of people from different clubs all over the UK and discuss some of the issues that clubs face throughout the years. My only regret was not getting to spend even more time speaking to all the people there” said Jim when asked about his experience at the awards.

Jim Hartshorne and the other RYA Award winners enjoyed a celebratory lunch in the presence of HRH the Princess Royal, and were presented with a commemorative medallion and certificate.

Sarah Treseder, RYA Chief Executive says “The RYA is delighted to make this RYA Volunteer Award in recognition of Jim’s enthusiasm, promotion of our sport and many years’ contribution to the Loch Tummel sailing scene. All 48 RYA winners are an inspiration to us all and it is my pleasure to recognise and celebrate their sheer hard work and commitment through these awards.”