On board Tall Ship Kaskelot special guests Sir Robin Knox Johnston and Miranda Krestovnikoff performed the official opening for the 50th anniversary of the Southampton Boat Show, this year sponsored by

It coincided with Sir Robin’s 312 day circumnavigation in the Golden Globe Race 50 years ago. Miranda, a presenter on BBC’s ‘Coast’ said she once ran out of air whilst diving when filming. One of her memorable experiences was encountering grey seals off the Farne Island.

Insurer GJW Direct has linked up with the RNLI under the banner ‘working together to prevent drowning’. Evidently, when the RNLI check lifejackets they find a staggering 30% are not fit for purpose, thereby exposing the user to unnecessary risk.

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Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran fame arrived at the show aboard a Sunseeker motor yacht in his role as an ambassador for the Blue Marine Foundation which is trying to rid the oceans of plastic. A sailing holiday when he was 10-years-old instilled his love of the sea hence his long-time support of a marine charity. He drew attention to the massive decline in fish stocks and the peril of plastic in our oceans. It was his task to open the Blue Marine Exhibition, housed on the Sunseeker stand.

With the show having long-term commitment to marine conservation, organisers have pledged a three-year plan to minimise the environmental footprint and help raise awareness of the plight of the world’s oceans.

Title sponsors of the show launched their Ocean Saviour marine conservation project. A self-powering catamaran, this clean-up vessel will retrieve and recycle plastic from the ocean with an aim to remove plastic from the ocean before it breaks down into microplastics.

PSP Logistics, which at one time had a depot in Cowes, were title sponsors of the show for 8 years. Established 20 years ago they have an ambition to triple their business in the next 3 years by seeking new markets around the World. Sponsoring the show has certainly helped this company in its development.

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