London Boat Show - MondayWith the razzle-dazzle of the London Boat Show in full swing the pool area, with the cream of the world's yacht manufacturers in prime spots, is the heart of the exhibition.
Regular clothing displays, flying acrobats and live 'on screen' interviews with the Vendee competitors are all part of the attraction and provide a break for the leg weary from the yacht spotting trail. Get up onto the second floor balcony for a hassle free view of the action.
A very popular stand is the nearby Laser Centre stand (90A). Laser have almost their full range of dinghies and catamarans on display and while the strict one design nature of their products precludes major surprises, they continue to improve details and introduce innovative new boats.
The classic single-hander that started the whole thing is now a Laser range of effectively three boats, each using the original hull with different rig sizes. Laser are building on that relationship this year with top Olympic coach, Mark Littlejohn heading up a Road Show preaching the 'Laser 4.7 through Radial to full-on Laser' philosophy, aimed at keeping the young sailors coming out of the Oppi type classes in sailing.
Manager, Dave Graham, stressed that the intention was to encourage the ordinary young sailor to stay in the sport and provide assistance for them to move onto the RYA youth schemes.
Dave also mentioned that they are developing a training scheme involving Iain Percy details of which would be available soon. Mark Littlejohn is on the stand at the Laser 'simulator' so he is the man to approach for details of the course he will be running throughout the season.
To add a bit of difference to the Laser, the popular Blue/Grey show hulls are being made available and with sixteen sold in the first two days of the show it seems the Laser will continue to head the sales charts.
Laser also has popular two-man boats including competitive classes through the full size range.
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