Get set for London Boat Show at the Excel
Make a splash in the New Year by venturing into a world of all things nautical as the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show returns to the Docklands.
The nine-day extravaganza at the Excel centre will showcase boats of all shapes, sizes and brands under one roof, as well as a variety of accessories to ensure buyers are fully equipped for the sailing season.
Those keen to stay ahead of the trend will enjoy the national and international launches of the latest products and the boardwalk area dedicated to both power and sail vessels will offer potential buyers a first-hand look at the new releases, from the show's opening day on January 12.
The used boat marina also presents a chance for those keen to update their stock, while visitors will be armed with facts from industry experts after a visit to the Knowledge Box and Sailing Handling Rig.
For those keen to get a more hands-on experience, a new Multi Activity Pool will be launched in the venue's South Hall, which will see competitors battle it out in marine challenges and model boat racing.
Children will also be able to get involved with the activities while British Freestyle Jet Ski champion Jack Moule is guaranteed to provide heart-in-the-mouth entertainment with his stunts on the Dock Edge.
Event organisers are also set to welcome the first CNM Estates UK Star Championships to the 2013 show, with the live regatta offering a collaboration between the sailing and fine art spheres.
From January 18-20, a fleet of 10 star class keelboats will take to the waters of the Royal Victoria Dock adorned with sails decorated by artists Eine, Jaime Gill and Eley Kishimoto.
And bringing this summer's Olympic fever back to the capital will be medallists Iain Percy, Andrew Simpson, Pippa Wilson, Ian Walker, Mark Covell, Michael McIntyre and Bryn Vaile, all of whom will be racing in the regatta.
Murray Ellis, MD of National Boat Shows, said: "This event will be a great complement to the show adding a special attraction for show visitors.
"For anyone who loves sailing and racing this is a fantastic opportunity to go onto the dock edge to watch the live racing."
Go to londonboatshow.com for more information about the show or to buy tickets, from £16.