David Pougher and Ian Walker speak at MAA Press Lunch
More than 100 marine press and industry guests were entertained by a series of speakers including interim MD of British Marine, David Pougher and RYA director of racing Ian Walker, at the seventh annual MAA Press Lunch.
The event took place at Haslar Marina and was organised by the Marine Advertising Agency in conjunction with Dean & Reddyhoff.
Addressing the news of the cancellation of the London Boat Show 2019, David Pougher talked about the real dilemma the organisation faced in having to say goodbye to the 2019 show and what the future holds.
“You have my assurance that we'll do everything to showcase our products and create shop windows to promote the industry,” he said. “We’ve got lots to do but, collectively, we'll pull on one end of a rope together to make things better. Interest in TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show has already lifted. That’s going to be even bigger and Southampton will be premier showcase for our industry.”
Keynote speaker Ian Walker MBE spoke about taking up his new position with the RYA. “Sailing is an incredibly complex sport and we need to think clearly about how we make everything we do relate to the person learning to sail.
“Sailing needs to remain affordable and accessible. I’m trying to make sure everything we do on racing side is in support of clubs and class associations and all the people who deliver the sport on the ground, especially as we have challenges in volunteering.”
Mike Shepherd, MAA director, added: “Once again our MAA Press Lunch has grown considerably, attracting top journalists, editors and leading industry names from across different marine sectors.
“This is the seventh year and attendance and feedback proves it is now well established on the industry calendar. I’m already looking forward to doing it again in 2019.”
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