London Boat Show closes with hopes of high sales

Sir Ben Ainslie at the LBS 2016 on the daily discussions panel Sir Ben Ainslie at the LBS 2016 on the daily discussions panel

LBS 2016: The London Boat Show drew to a close on Sunday 17 January with many companies reporting strong sales figures throughout the show and an increase on last year’s figures.

This was despite there being a slight drop in visitors with 90,328 welcomed through the doors of the ExCel London this year, compared to 92,288 in 2015.

The show saw over 132 boats make their debut, including the largest ever boat to be globally launched at LBS - a 40.05m Sunseeker 131 Yacht which was berthed out on the dockside.

All together there were close to 400 boats showcased during the ten-day events with several new brands such as Adidas Sailing and Bainbridge International exhibiting for the very first time.

A variety of activities took place at this year’s show, including visitors being provided with the opportunity to get out on the water for free and brush up on their essential boating knowledge.

Over 1,000 beginners and experienced skippers got out on the Mediterranean Bay, a purpose built pool spanning 500sqm and overlooked by a Mediterranean themed village.

A line-up of some of the world’s leading boating experts were welcomed to talk about the latest technology and innovations. Alec Wilkinson, one of Britain’s top live sailing presenters, hosted daily panel discussions with guests including Olympic sailor, Sir Ben Ainslie.

It also included award ceremonies galore and a competition for the next generation of budding superyacht designers took place live on the show floor hosted by Superyacht UK.

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