2007 Earls Court Boat Show

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1st - 9th DECEMBER 2007


General Opening.
Saturday 1st December to Saturday 8th December: 10:00 – 19:00
Sunday 9th December: 10:00 – 16:00
Late Evening: Thursday 6th December: 10:00 – 21:00
Evening Entry: 16:00 to close

Press Day & Launch. 
Friday 30th November: 16:00 – 19:00

Exhibitor Build Up.
Friday 23rd November – Friday 30th November

Exhibitor Break Down.
Sunday 9th December – Wednesday 12th December


Dec 24, 2007
Our first report from Earls Cour, Whyte & Mackay Boat Show, 2007


Earls Court Boat Show in £3.5 million sponsorship deal

22 Feb 2007

Brooke: 'whole industry will benefit'

Whyte & Mackay and Earls Court commit £ 3.5 million to the Earls Court Boat Show in 2007

In a statement, released yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, the companies went on to say they have now signed a three year deal with an option to extend further after the 2009 event. This investment level means the sponsorship will extend far beyond the Earls Court Boat Show itself.

'This sponsorship is an ideal and natural fit for Whyte & Mackay,' said Matthew Gordon, Whyte & Mackay Group marketing director. 'Our relationship with the water goes back 100 years. And through this sponsorship we will connect with all of the boating community not just at Earls Court, but throughout the country over the next three years.'

'Throughout the negotiations, Whyte & Mackay has consistently demonstrated an affinity with our ideals and vision for the Earls Court Boat Show,' said James Brooke, Earls Court Boat Show director. 'The scale of their commitment demonstrates the massive commercial appeal of the boat show. This sponsorship is not just great news for us, the whole industry will benefit from it.'

When BB asked Gordon if recent press reports that Whyte & Mackay had been sold to the United Breweries Group might change the company's Earls Court Boat Show deal, he said: 'There's nothing definite yet and we've been talking for some time. But even if the deal goes through, the Earls Court Boat Show sponsorship will continue.'

According to the press statement, in the last four weeks the Earls Court Boat Show has had well over 500 stand applications from companies representing every sector of the marine industry.

This represents over two thirds of the total floor space available to the show in Earls Court 1 and 2, and at the appropriate time a full list of exhibitors will be released. Following discussions with many leading marine manufacturers it has become clear they intend to have representations at the Earls Court Boat Show.

BB asked Brooke for a list of exhibitor names some time ago, but none has been forthcoming. We spoke to Derek Carter of Fairline and David King of Princess and both confirmed they were not interested in the Earls Court Show.

But some of the smaller companies - the retail sector in particular - have indicated interest in going to Earls Court.



Whyte & Mackay Earls Court Boat Show Preview

Nick Burnham
September 7, 2007

Ambassadors gather outside the Earl's Court Exhibition for a sneak preview of the all-new boat show

This morning three of the ambassadors of the all-new Whyte & Mackay Earls Court Boat Show gathered for a photo call outside the main entrance of the Earls Court exhibition centre.

They were single-handed yachtswomen Dee Caffari, Class 1 Powerboat Champion Steve Curtis and Powerboat Racer Shelley Jory with her Honda 225 raceboat Team Raymarine.


Each of them share fond memories of Earls Court as a venue for boat shows.

Like most of us, World Powerboat Chamption Steve Curtis recalls being dragged to the exhibition centre at an early age by his dad.

The demise of the Earls Court Boat Show run by National Boat Shows and the British Marine Federation was a “great loss to boating”, he said, adding that this entirely new event should “bring the fun back into boating”.

Nick Gaskin, Customer Marketing Director of whisky company Whyte & Mackay said “we are delighted to be a sponsor”.

He added: “there is so much passion, excitement and a real sense of community spirit among everyone taking part.”


Motorboat exhibitors will include Cranchi, newcomers Cobia Boats and Cruisers Yachts.

The PRINZ 54 will be making its exclusive debut at Earls Court. The 54 sportscruiser is a 3-cabin design sporting the revolutionary Volvo Penta IPS system.

Steve Curtis and Shelley Jory will be part of the ‘Powerboat Village’ at the show in December. The village attraction will be set up like a racing pit and will showcase many different types of powerboats; with some important historical boats too.

Shelley, Steve and fellow race drivers will be on hand to chat to visitors and answer questions about their sport.

Photo caption:
Front – James Brooke, MD of the Whyte & Mackay Earls Court Boat Show shakes hands with Nick Gaskin, Customer Marketing Director of Whyte & Mackay
Back – left to right Dee Cafari, Steve Curtis and Shelley Jory



Some observations:
I am nostalgic fas I take a stroll down memory lane remembering the Whyte and Mackay Boat Show. I had enjoyed going to London Boat Shows when they were at Earls Court. For a refresher, the London Boat Show started out in Olympia in 1955, but its success meant that it moved to the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in 1957. It remained there from 1957-2004 when it moved to the London Excel Centre in the Docklands. Sadly, the London Boat Show came to an end in 2018. London Boat Show is now a trade show that is held in Southampton. For those of us who can remember, the Earls Court was an amazing venue.

After a year, 2020 marked by the global pandemic and the cancellation of many London boat shows, the year 2021 started under the same auspices with the shows at the beginning of the year also being cancelled. In fact The UK's Southampton International Boat Show 2020 (BOATS2020) was cancelled the day before the event was due to begin. The show, BOATS2020, had been set to run 11-20 September. Organizers British Marine said they received the news that the city council had cancelled the event, at 6:34pm on Thursday 10 September.

My nephew who lives in the US came over to attend the show. He was as disappointed as I one evening I wandered into his room to ask if he wanted some tea and found him frustrated that he wasn't able to go to his favorite online casino gambling site. He likes to play slots. I suggested he look at a slots review of the casino which he promptly did by going to an online casino affiliate site called Online-Casino-Party.co. It turned out that Miami Club Casino where he always plays in the states has the UK as a restricted country. He was surprised that New Jersey, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Kentucky, Washington State, Maryland in the US also are restricted. I surmise that since he lives in a non restricted state, he hadn't realized that if he were living in New York for instance he would not be able to play slots or any other casino game for real money on Miami Club Casino. I checked with a friend whom I know plays at online casinos. He suggested Mansion Casino for my nephew while he was in the UK.

Tentatively I am hoping my nephew will return in September 2022 when the London Boat Show is supposedly taking place from 16 September 2022 to 25 September 2022. But it is 9 months off and who knows if another variant of Covid 19 will be sweeping through the UK or if the pandemic has slowly wound down to no longer being a pandemic. We can only hope.



Getting Here.
London Underground

For Earls Court One, exit at the Warwick Road exit of Earls Court station and the entrance to the venue is directly opposite the station.

Earls Court station is on the District and Piccadilly lines only 10 minutes from the West End, and with easy access to a few mainline stations.

For Earls Court Two, Brompton Hall and Earls Court Conference Centre, exit either at Earls Court station or at West Brompton station.

West Brompton Station is on the District line on the Wimbledon Branch from Earls Court. The entrance to the venue is directly opposite the tube station exit.
By Rail
Silverlink and Southern trains run direct services to West Brompton station for Earls Court and Kensington Olympia. Direct services run from Clapham Junction, Gatwick Airport, East Croydon, Watford Junction, Willesden Junction and Stratford.

For National Rail enquiries please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 08457 48 49 50.

You can also purchase rail tickets online at thetrainline.com.

Earls Court - West Brompton station.
The entrance to the venue is directly opposite the exit at West Brompton station.
For the quickest route from Waterloo International Station to the venues, take the Jubilee line to Westminster and change onto the District Line to Earls Court. For information about Eurostar, visit www.eurostar.com
Buy Bus 
Earls Court Earls Court is served by the following bus routes Warwick Road (Earls Court One): 74, 328, C1, C3 Lillie Road (Earls Court Two): 190
By Car 
Please be advised that it is quicker and easier to travel to the venues by public transport.

Directions to Earls Court.
From M1/A1/M11/A10 take the A406 westbound to A4. Continue on A4 over Hammersmith Flyover until A4 becomes West Cromwell Road and follow signs.

From M4/A4 follow directions as above.

From A3/M3 follow signs for central London, take Wandsworth or Putney Bridges. From Wandsworth Bridge, turn left onto New Kings Road, turn right onto Fulham High Street, which becomes Fulham Palace Road, turn right onto Lillie Road and follow signs. From Putney Bridge, turn left onto Fulham Palace Road and follow directions as above.

From M2/M20/A2 follow signs to central London, take Blackfriars, London, Waterloo, Vauxhall, Southwark, Chelsea or Battersea Bridges, turn left along Embankment and follow signs.

From A12/A13 follow signs for central London towards Tower or London Bridge. Do not cross bridge, instead continue along Embankment and follow signs.
National Express
With over 1,000 departure points across the UK, National Express offer round the clock services to the heart of London via London Victoria Coach station giving easy, affordable access to Earls Court and Olympia. Some routes also stop on Earls Court Road, a stone’s throw away from Earls Court.

You can buy tickets online at www.nationalexpress.com or call 08750 808080 or visit your local National Express outlet.
By Air 
Getting here from London airports Earls Court and Olympia are easily accessible from London’s three main airports – Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted – via underground and mainline rail services. 

Heathrow Airport 
Take the Piccadilly line to Earls Court. For Olympia, change onto the District Line to Kensington Olympia.

Alternatively take the Heathrow Express to Paddington and change onto the District Line to Earls Court.

General enquiries 0870 0000 123 

Gatwick Airport 
You can take the Gatwick Express to Victoria and change onto the District Line to Earls Court and Olympia.

Alternatively train services run through Clapham Junction where you can change onto a direct train to Earls Court or Kensington Olympia.

General enquiries 0870 000 2468


Stansted Airport 

You can take the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street and either take the central line to Holborn and change onto the Piccadilly line, or the Circle Line to Edgware Road and change onto the District Line to Earls Court.

General enquiries 0870 0000 303 www.baa.com/stansted
Congestion Charging
The Western extension to the London congestion charging zone will come into effect on 19 February 2007.

Whilst Earls Court and Olympia are not situated within the charging zone, the venues are now on the edge of the zone and customers are advised to take care when navigating through the surrounding roads.

The Whyte & Mackay Earls Court Boat Show is in partnership with the Princes Trust

The Sales Team.
Earls Court Boat Show Ltd, 1st Floor, Newcourt House, New Street, Lymington, Hampshire. SO41 9BQ.
Tel: +44 (0)1590 679338