London Boat Show - ThursdayIt was a Royal day at the London Boat Show when the Princess Royal dropped in.
First was a visit to the Royal Navy stand where Princess Anne spoke with the two Royal Marine Commandoes who, starting in May, will row from Japan to the USA, some 5000 miles distant across the North Pacific..
Among the other stands she visited on her tour of the show was the Laser stand. Here she discussed the features of the innovative, award winning Vortex with Manager Dave Graham and then the colourful Pico before moving on to the Seamans' Missionary.
Celebs spotted at the show have included actress and Channel 4 presenter, Hannah Gordon. Leeds United striker Mark Viduka, checking out the Fairline stand and Griff Rhys-Jones who popped onto the Tangent Yachting stand to have a look at the J/105 and J/120 that they are showing.
As the show approaches the final weekend this can be a good time to get around the Chandlers stands up on the second floor. Plenty of business being done there and lots of 'show-only' prices around.
The main manufacturers such as Musto and Henri Lloyd are featuring their full clothing ranges with new items to the fore but there are a lot of bargains to be had as old ranges are run out at special show prices. New developments in materials mean that with 'breathable' the buzz word standard material clothing and dry suits for example are available down to half price - while stocks last!
Tucked away in the corners of the show is where some of the more esoteric stands are to be found. Ignoring those that seem more suited to the Ideal Home Exhibition, one that caught my eye was the Transparence stand and their beautiful metal and perspex products - lamps and paperweights. These feature beautifully made models, a particular favorite is a lamp base incorporating a New Zealand America's Cupper.
Another niche stand is that of Renapur (294C) where you can get your shoes treated for free while you listen to the sales spiel and then decide whether to buy or not - yours shoes will look fine which ever!