The largest Southampton Boat Show to date will be opening its doors this morning to an array of new gear, boats and entertainment

At 1000 this morning the 33rd Southampton International Boat Show officially opened. Europe’s largest on-water boat show is bigger than ever and set to attract a record number of visitors. With attractions including the UK premier of the James Bond Boat Collection exhibition, white water rapids, 850 new boats, 300 of which are afloat, the largest being the ‘2.9 million, 94ft Sunseeker Predator. Many sailing celebrities will be making appearances too, so for more reasons than ever, it is well-worth a visit.

At 1100 this morning, as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in the recent US terrorist attacks, the Boat Show and exhibitors observed a three-minute silence.

ybw will be bringing you all the latest news, live from Southampton. Over the next ten days ybw, in partnership with Yachting World, Yachting Monthly, Motor Boats Monthly and Motor Boats and Yachting, will be checking out the latest new gear, motorboats and yachts. Also don’t miss ybw’s hit list, the low-down of what not to miss and a guide of how best to navigate 2km of pontoons and acres of boating bargains.