Star turn

We would have been happy enough simply with the 150 or so people who turned up to our press day reception at the London Boat Show. Apart from a fair number of sponsors and supporters, the media included TV, radio, specialist boating and general press, both print and online. But for me the icing on the cake was the celebrity attendees interested enough to come along and hear what we had to say.

London Boat Show 2012

The crew are kneeling, the title sponsors standing.

We’d known in advance that Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (first person to sail around the world single-handed, non-stop) would be there. But also in the audience was eight times world champion powerboat racer Steve Curtis MBE, Olympic sailing gold medallist Iain Percy OBE, and one of my favourite adventurers, Jock Wishart. It was Jock who set the first official UIM powerboat circumnavigation record in 1998 on Cable & Wireless Adventurer (which Alan Priddy and I tried to break 10 years ago in Spirit of Cardiff), and who last year rowed a boat to the North Pole.

The point of the event was to introduce Company85, our new title sponsor, and the new name Accomplish More for Alan Priddy’s round the world superboat. Skipper Alan Priddy and Company85 Sales Director Bill Trim came on stage to announce the title sponsorship and the boat’s new name, making a pretty slick double act. When they’d finished their presentations, there was a moment when the crew gathered on stage to a blizzard of camera flashes – no doubt a useful introduction to what we may have ahead of us!

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