Whether you're after a dinghy or a superyacht, or fancy having a go on a RIB or a tall ship, then the Southampton Boat Show is the place for you this weekend.
The 47th annual event opened for business today - and not only does it promise to provide plenty of fun on the water there'll also be some spectacular scenes in the sky with a display from The Red Arrows. Andrew Pate reports.
Thousands of people are expected in Southampton today as the annual Boat Show begins. For 10 days some of the world's most prestigious seafaring companies will display their motorboats and vessels. There's also the chance for families to get out onto the water. The show generates millions of pounds for the local economy.
The Southampton Boat Show began almost half a century ago. This year's event opens on Friday - and organisers say it's still one of the biggest and best in the world.
Andrew Pate has been to see the team apply the finishing touches ahead of the grand opening and to look back at the highs and lows of the show.
Preparations are underway for one of the world's largest boat shows.
The event in Southampton brings in millions of pounds into the South's economy and sees people of all ages getting out onto the water.
Four people were rescued after a yacht ran aground on its way from Lymington to Poole. The video shows Mudeford RNLI lifeboat at the scene.
Preparations are well underway for the America's Cup - a festival of events begins in Portsmouth on Thursday before racing takes place at the weekend. Up to 500,000 visitors are expected at the four day event - which will see some of the world's best sailors battling it out.
Tension is growing for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. The event begins next week with a Parade of Sail in front of the Waterfront and Fanzone areas in Portsmouth on Thursday July 23.
The first competition of the 35th America’s Cup will be marked by massive local support for the host team, Land Rover BAR, which is led by Ben Ainslie. This is the Olympic hero’s first opportunity to lead his team into battle in America’s Cup competition.
Ainslie has been clear in stating his goal is to bring the Cup back to Britain.
“The America’s Cup started here in 1851,” Ainslie said. “We’ve had a few shots over the past 164 years but we’ve never come that close to winning. It’s important to us to get that job done now.”
But to do that, he’ll have to beat the defending champions, Jimmy Spithill and ORACLE TEAM USA - a team he helped to victory in 2013.
“Ben is a really good guy. You meet him on the shore and he’s very courteous, well mannered,” Spithill says. “On the water though, you flick a switch. He becomes very, very aggressive and he gets the results.”
The world’s largest matched fleet of 70-foot ocean racers is on the Solent in preparation for its debut in the 84th Round the Island Race.
The twelve Clipper 70s will be joined by four Clipper 68s on the start line tomorrow to compete against more than 1500 competitors.
Clipper Events has mustered the record breaking 16-strong entry in the RTI for a range of clients including the title sponsor JP Morgan Asset Management.
We are extremely excited and have been planning this for months now so we are ready to go.
Clipper Events skippers and staff have been extremely welcoming to us and it’s amazing that we are going to have all twelve of the Clipper 70’s out and racing against each other.
Clipper Events provides sailing hospitality, team development days and fleet racing. It was established alongside the Clipper Race by British yachting legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who became the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-9.
A new world record could be set today for the fastest channel crossing in a sail-powered dinghy.
The sailor and extreme adventurer Hannah White will make the attempt - starting in France and hopes to reach Folkestone in Kent by this evening. Her boat, Speedbird, is a type of vessel known as a 'moth', and it could reach speeds of 45 knots.
Next year Hannah aims to not only break the women’s speed record over one nautical mile, but become the first woman to ever set that record above the 40 knot barrier.
Katherine Grainger, the Olympic champion from Maidenhead, won a bronze as Britain took several medals at the European Rowing Championships in Poland. She partnered Vicky Thornley to achieve third in the double skulls. Katherine has not raced since winning gold at the 2012 Olympics.