London Boat Show - SaturdayThe Show is really getting into it's stride as we come into the first weekend. Our victorious Olympic team members have been hard at work, appearing at various presentations and appearances on the stands of their sponsors.
Shirley Robertson was at the Sail Scotland stand (62A) to present John Bainbridge with a specially commissioned painting for his crew's win on the Prima 38 'White Knuckles 2' in the 2000 event. There are few major changes to this regatta in 2001 which takes place at Tarbert Loch Fyne from the 24th to the 29th May. There will be 12 classes racing - four IRC divisions, RYA/RORC Sportsboat class and four CYCA handicap classes plus one design racing for Sigma 33, Sonata and Cork 1720's.
This event is fortunate to have the support of Bell Lawrie and was well launched with local malt whisky, salmon and oysters as a taster for what the lucky competitors can expect.
On the Gill stand (278A) the official clothing supplier to Team GBR, it was a pretty full house of Olympic stars as Gill took the opportunity to congratulate the team. Gill also happen to have a new 'breathable' clothing range which combine a windproof, breathable and showerproof shell with a fleece lining - they look pretty good as well.
On the dinghy scene Ovington (81B) are showing the very popular 29er and the new Musto Skiff. The Skiff was shown at the 2000 Dinghy Show but is now in production form and looking very slick.
The hull remains as was but considerable clean up has taken place on the deck layout. The push-off blocks are gone, nobody used them, and the mainsheet jamber is now on a neat mount in the new centre spine. The rudder mounting moulding has been replaced by a short gantry.
Forward the asymmetric pole has been centalised and the former ramps removed. The carbon mast is a two piece special Proctor/Seldon production with shortened spreaders and the boom incorporates an upside down vang, 49er style. Sails are developed by Hyde.
Designed by former Contender World Champion, Joachim Harpprecht, the Musto Skiff comes into a suddenly crowded market space. Apart from the well supported Contender, LDC have their very successful RS600 and now a direct competitor in the all new asymmetric RS700, also launching at the show. Ovington's Dave Hall was very upbeat on the order situation for their new baby and deliveries are starting on a thirty boat order book, with many going abroad.
Oviington have also recently taken over production of the B14 and have a new deck mould ready for this class. Not stopping at the dinghy scene and following on from their success with the Mumm 30, they have recently received the moulds for the new Farr 52 and are hard at work to produce the first boat for launch at Docklands in April.