Joanna Lumley OBE gets on board with boat show launch in Royal Docks

PUBLISHED: 14:30 09 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:30 09 January 2017

Joanna Lumley on board a yacht as she officially opens the Sunseeker International stand at the London Boat Show at the ExCel centre in London.

Joanna Lumley on board a yacht as she officially opens the Sunseeker International stand at the London Boat Show at the ExCel centre in London.

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Award-winning actress Joanna Lumley swapped the studio spotlight for seafaring style to open the London Boat Show at the ExCeL.

A staff member makes the final adjustments to a model of the Sunseeker 155' yacht A staff member makes the final adjustments to a model of the Sunseeker 155' yacht

The former model, perhaps best known for playing Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous, wowed the crowds as she boarded a yacht and opened the Sunseeker International stand to launch the 10 day event on Friday.

“I think we all have a natural affinity with the sea and for exploration,” she said.

“I really believe that whoever gets on a boat has the spirit of adventure within them.”

Joanna was also joined by celebrities including record-breaking sailors Dame Ellen MacArthur and Dee Caffari, Paralympic sailor Helena Lucas and yachtsman Mike Golding at the launch.

And while the star-studded line-up added a bit of glamour to the launch, there is plenty more on offer for boat fans.

Visitors can enjoy seeing the world debuts of more than 100 new products and boats, including the Sunseeker 68 Sport Yacht and Manhattan 66.

Murray Ellis, British Marine’s chief officer of boat shows, said: “We’ve witnessed a great start to the 2017 London Boat Show and have a fantastic line-up of events taking place over the show.

“With over 100 boats and products making their debuts at this year’s show coupled with some brilliant activities for all the family in one of the world’s most iconic capital cities, the show is one not to be missed.”

There is still time to go have a look at the boats and all the latest products in the industry.

The London Boat Show remains open from 10am to 6pm until Sunday.

Ticket prices start at £20 and at the gate cost £27 . Visit for more information and to buy tickets.


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