Firms set sail to take part in the annual boat show

ON THE WATER The Southampton Boat Show
ON THE WATER The Southampton Boat Show
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MARINE firms from the Portsmouth area are getting ready for this year’s Southampton Boat Show.

It takes place next month, and remains a commercial success despite the country’s pressured economy.

Its headline sponsor is once again Segensworth-based PSP, the high-profile boat transportation firm.

Its managing director, Frank Dixie, announced his firm will be the sponsor until at least 2014.

He said: ‘Five years ago we began our sponsorship of the PSP Southampton Boat Show, which was part of a major strategy that would enable us to be one of the world’s leading boat transportation companies by essentially becoming a part of the marine and sailing fraternity.’

Also attending the show will be Gosport’s, a successful and growing online yacht brokerage firm founded by Neil and Mandy Chapman following a 10-month trip on their sailing boat.

Joining them will be Port Solent’s Sunsail, the world’s largest sailing and watersports holiday company, which is a regular at the show.

Younger people keen to learn how to sail will be welcome at the Tall Ships Youth Trust, which has its head office in The Hard, and offers sailing opportunities to anyone aged between 12 and 25.

Portsmouth’s Orolia, which makes distress beacons and other safety products will also be at the show.

Raymarine, also based in Segensworth, is an annual visitor.

A local charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust, will also benefit from the show.

It has been chosen by National Boat Shows, which run the annual Southampton event, along with maritime charity The Rona Sailing Project and national charity Macmillan Cancer Support.

The TCT’s regional fundraiser, Beth Bartlam, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be a chosen charity for the PSP Southampton Boat Show 2013.

‘Teenage Cancer Trust relies on donations to fund all of its vital work with young people with cancer, so we are so grateful.’