Matt Baker was joined by Olympic Gold medallist, Iain Percy OBE, where the duo greeted the Show’s first guests this weekend. As an ambassador to the Show’s official charity, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, Sir Iain Percy comments on the Show’s support: “I’ve been blown away by all the support the charity has already managed to achieve. Working with the PSP Southampton Boat Show now offers us a great opportunity to attract even more young people to sailing.”
This weekend saw Victory and Chaudron produce the stand-out performances of the Class one offshore Ibiza Mediterranean Grand Prix, cruising to emphatic victories in their respective classes in dramatic races that were red flagged after Abu Dhabi crashed out at the first corner, both Faleh AL Mansoori and Rashed Al Tayer emerging unscathed from the upturned boat. The WSB team were there to see the explosive action take place of the coast of Ibiza Island on a hot summers day.
Claimed as the most technically advanced and spacious fly-bridge yacht in the world. Progressive, capable, classically Princess. Bold aspirations,maybe? We at WSB have an opinion, so have taken a first look behind the claim before the P68 arrival at Southampton’s International Boat Show.
Turkish yacht builder Alen Yachts, has joined forces with renowned international architects Foster + Partners to create the Alen 68. Merging innovative technology from land construction with boatbuilding expertise has created a fast, agile craft combining the elegant social spaces of a cruising yacht with the fun of a day boat. The Alen 68 is certainly a head turner, so the WSB team step aboard to check out the new flagship from Alex Yachts.
Sunseeker International announced the launch of the new 101 Sport Yacht for spring 2014, neatly plugging the gap in their sports yacht range between the 80 and the 115. The first 101 off the production line finished in an eye-catching black and red colour scheme and boldly named “Black Legend,” highlights the ultra model style of the 101. So the WSB team take a closer look into the dark mysterious facade of the new 101 arrival.
Once again Frauscher is opening the International Boat Show season with fresh design and innovation, welcome, the new 747 Mirage. The iconic numbers 747, are well renowned in the aeronautical industry, however Frauscher see their 747 as worthy contender to carry such numbers. Frauscher have continued to push the boundaries in the sports boat market, so the WSB team see if Frauscher have stepped up to the mark and can lay claim to those iconic numbers in a nautical sense.
Gulf Craft launched the Majesty 135 super yacht to the water on an autumn morning in 2013, it was the largest within Gulf Craft’s portfolio of super yachts completed to date and the flagship for the Majesty range. Since the launch, the 135 has steadily built the order bank for the UAE outfit, which has led to expansion of the Majesty range. The WSB team has had the chance to take a closer look at the winning formula of the 135, which has led to an international interest in the brand.
Teams competed on Lake Michigan this past weekend during the 6th Annual Great Lakes Super Boat Grand Prix with a crowd that appeared to exceed last year’s reported attendance of 110,000 people. Team Broadco (Superboat Class) excited the crowd by leading green flag to checkered flag in both heats on a spectacular summer August day. Red Lucas Oil Silverhook won unchallenged in the Superboat Extreme Class. The WSB team take a closer look into the days racing at Key West.