Schroders London Boat Show


This was the official website for the 2004 & 2005 Schroders London Boat Show.
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Press Release

The Schroders London Boat Show 2005, in association with The Daily Telegraph, is set to bring London's Docklands to life once again this week. The stunning Hydropool marina packed with boats of all shapes and sizes, the redesigned indoor Watersports Arena, the latest dream yachts and cutting edge powerboats as well as dinghies, surf boards and narrow boats will all ensure that visitors from around the world come flooding in

Building on the phenomenal success of last year's action-packed UK Indoor Windsurfing Championships, 2005 sees the Show hosting a leg of the Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA) World Tour. Top windsurfers from around the world will all battle it out with stunts, tricks, jumps and racing. Competitors will include Freestyle world champion Ricardo Campello, former Racing, Wave and overall PWA World Champion Kevin Pritchard, three times Brazilian junior champion Kauli Seadi and top Spanish sisters Iba

UKWA contestants will compete in their indoor finals on Thursday 13 January, with top competitors going through to the international competition from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 January.

The impressive Watersports Arena will seat over 3,000 spectators. The scientifically re-designed pool has been enhanced for 2005 with state-of-the-art technology. This will ensure that competitors experience a consistent 30 knots of full force wind, generated by 25 giant fans.

Other new additions for 2005 include the first ever British Indoor Wakeboarding Championships. The three-day wakeboarding competition will run from Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 January and will attract the best of British wakeboarders. The pool is also staging the British Canoe Polo Championships from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 January where teams from around the country will be competing to be crowned UK champions.


The features and attractions at the Schroders London International Boat Show 2004 in association with The Daily Telegraph provided interest for all ages.  From Classic Boat to world-class watersports action, plus the Inland Waterways Attraction, and great food and drink.  The new venue Show had something for everyone.

  • Dockside
  • World-Class Action at the Indoor Arena - NEW! Click here for the new updated Watersports Arena Timetable. (IMPORTANT NOTE: THERE IS ONLY LIMITED FREE SEATING AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS)
  • Watersports Lifestyle Village
  • Inland Waterways Attraction
  • Ellen MacArthur
  • Classic Boat Family Feature
  • RYA Powerboat Feature
  • Holidays
  • Shopping
  • Refreshments


There was over half-a-mile of dockside to explore with tall ships, historic London boats, naval craft, including a frigate, and an 80m multipurpose pontoon barge - all lit at dusk they created a truly magical experience.

Tall Ships

  • Prince William
    A 60 metre brigantine built in 2001 for the Sail Training Association. Climb on board, explore below deck and enjoy the daily rigging demonstrations in the 45 metre masts
  • Mare Frisium
    A 52 metre three mast Dutch schooner built in 1916.
    Available for corporate hospitality.
  • Swan Fan Makum

    The world's largest brigantine, Swan Fan Makkum is a unique vessel built as an exact 19th century replica in 1993. She is a true windjammer with her fourteen sails totalling over 1300 square metres.

Historic London Boats

  • Thames Barges
    Three restored flat-bottomed, broad-beam, spritsail coastal and river barges - all around 26 metres long - which were the lifeblood of Thames coastal and river traffic from the mid 19th to mid 20th centuries.
    • The Portlight - Built in 1925 with an on-board exhibition about its home town of Maldon

    • The Lady Daphne - Built in 1923
      Available for corporate hospitality

    • The May - Built 1891 and owned by Tate & Lyle
      Available for corporate hospitality

  • Steam Tug, Challenge
    Step on board the only operating steam tug in the UK. Newly restored, it will be in steam throughout the Show.  It was built in 1935 and is 30m long.

  • River Fire Tender, Massey Shaw, (24m built 1935)
    Beautifully restored and now in private hands it will be giving an aquatic pumping show every day

  • Visiting Historic Boats
    In conjunction with the National Historic Ships Register, a number of other historic ships will visit during the Show

Royal Navy Craft

  • HMS NORTHUMBERLAND, one of the Royal Navy's latest and most technologically advanced frigates will be berthed outside the Excel centre throughout the London Boat Show.  Launched in 1992, the ship displaces 4000 tonnes and is 133 metres in length.  HMS NORTHUMBERLAND and her 185 crew are capable of many diverse roles.  She is armed with the sea wolf surface-to-air missile system, harpoon anti-ship missiles, a 4.5 inch gun and anti-submarine torpedoes.  She also carries a lynx helicopter that can carry out a wide range of roles including search and rescue, submarine hunting, the destruction of enemy surface ships and the insertion of boarding teams to search suspect vessels (this latter role is often carried out by the Navy's own sea soldiers, the Royal Marines).

    HMS NORTHUMBERLAND returned in August from a 7 month deployment as part of NATO's Standing Naval Force Mediterranean.  A varied deployment saw the ship employed in a variety of tasks including operations in support of the Gulf conflict and war on global terrorism.  During the 7 month deployment the crew ate their way through approximately 16,000 sausages, 15,000 kg of potatoes, 24,000 eggs and drank 24,000 cups of tea!

    The ship will be open to visitors 10-12pm and 2-6pm daily during the show.  The Royal Navy will also have an interactive stand within the exhibition hall which will allow members of the public the opportunity to discover more about the roles and capabilities of the modern Navy.

    For more information visit

British-made Super Yachts

  • See the best of British motor yachts designed for the rich and famous

World-Class Action at the Indoor Watersports Arena

World-class watersports action in the in the Watersports arean, with the first ever Virgin Radio UK Indoor Windsurfing Championships, Canoe Polo and Olympic-class Dinghy Racing, plus awesome pro demonstrations in the 1,500 seat Indoor Watersports Arena.  Visitors got kitted out with the latest brands and accessories, pick edsun or surf holidays and met the pros at the incredible Watersports Lifestyle Village.

Indoor Watersports Arena

  • The Europe's biggest and best Indoor Watersports Arena
    The arena had a 70m x 30m pool, 35 knot Bercy-style wind machines and space for over 1,500 spectators.

World-Class Action in the Arena

First ever Virgin Radio UK Indoor Windsurfing Championships

This debut event, launched by the UK Windsurfing Association (UKWA), the Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA) and National Boat Shows (NBS) with the help of BOARDS Magazine saw men, women and youth contestants, from the UK's windsurfing elite competing in freestyle and slalom disciplines.

Winners of this UK competition will go on to challenge windsurfing champions from around the world including competitors from the PWA World Tour such as Ricardo Campello (Brazil), currently ranked world number one in men's freestyle and world champion Matt Pritchard (USA).

The Virgin Radio UK Indoor Windsurfing Championships were held in a spectacular, purpose built watersports pool (30x70 metres) with fans generating 25 knots of wind and seating for over 1,500 people.

During the course of the  Show there was a combination of slalom, freestyle and on selected days a jump competition.

Watersports Lifestyle Village

Visitors got kitted out with the latest brands and accessories, nailed down great deals, picked sun or surf holidays, met top pros and got great advice.  

  • Windsurf Village
  • Canoe Village
  • Sports Boats 
  • Extreme sports area 
  • Bar Fox@Honda racing cafe Inland Waterways Attraction

supported by British Waterways and the Environment Agency

This remarkable 1 acre festival of our inland waterways allowed visitors to road the canal side jetties, riverbanks and Broads settings drinking in the latest narrow boats, wide beams river cruisers and dayboats in modern materials, plus eco-friendly electric boats and the famous solar-powered 'Ra', from the Broads National Park. They selected from the UK's choicest range of on-water holidays, investigated shared ownership, and learnt about boat safety.  Afterwards many relaxed in a nook of the gloriously old-fashioned real ale Fox@waterside pub, bordered by wild gardens.  Main features included:

  • Canal Boats in steel and aluminium. River cruisers in fibreglass. Dayboats, a Thames electric slipper launch, an electric Environment Agency patrol boat and Ra, a solar powerboat from the Broads National Park.
  • The choicest inland waterways holidays, or  boats to hire or buy as a syndicate.
  • The Waterways Trust, the Inland Waterways Association, the Environment Agency, British Waterways
  • The cosy Fox@Waterside Real Ale Waterside Pub - with working waterwheel set in wonderful waterside Gardens

Supported by the British Marine Federation.

Ellen MacArthur launched her new 75-foot B&Q/Castorama trimaran in a live broadcast directly from Sydney to the Schroders London International Boat Show on the opening day. 

Classic Boat Family Feature

  • Stunningly restored sail and power classic boats
  • Vintage engines, historic clothing and other traditional items
  • Live daily displays of heritage skills, including: Rope making, Knot tying, Caulking, Varnishing & Finishing

RYA Powerboat Feature

  • Visitors tested their seamanship on the fabulous simulators


  • The UK's biggest and best choice of on-water holidays



  • The world's largest boating and watersports shopping mall, with all the latest fashion and technical clothing, equipment and gear.  PLUS great Show deals


Fox London, the Official Bar & Restaurant of the Schroders London International Boat Show provided refreshments from the Fox@Waterside and Fox@Honda Racing Cafe; two purpose-built venues inside the Show that served a range of refreshments everyday throughout the Show. Within ExCeL's stunning quarter mile central Boulevard visitors were spoilt for choice by a range of bars, cafés and restaurants serving everything from bagels, pizzas and pasta to gourmet soups, hot dogs and hamburgers.

On the mezzanine at ExCeL there were two restaurants and a relaxing bar, with the waterfront café-bars offering superb views over the dock.

In the main exhibition halls there were cool piazzas offering a selection of delicious world menus and no Boat Show would be complete without the one and only famous Guinness Bar - which wasbigger and better than ever!

For a complete listing of all restaurants in and around ExCeL please visit:


NEW! NEXT YEAR SHOW DATES ARE 6th -16th January 2005

At ExCeL, in London's Docklands, and much larger than last year the Schroders London Boat Show 2004 allowed visitors to savour the boats of their dreams - large or small. With a Watersports Lifestyle Village, the first ever Virgin Radio UK Indoor Windsurfing Championships in the 1,500 seat Indoor Watersports Arena, and the Inland Waterways Attraction complete with life-size jetties and a real-ale waterside pub there was something for everyone. ExCeL's unique dockside location allowed visitors to explore tall ships, naval craft and historic boats for the first time. And with the UK's biggest choice of on-water holidays and visitors browsing amongst the world's largest mall for boating and watersports, the Show was an enormous success!


The smash hit of the year is back! The 2005 Schroders London Boat Show in association with The Daily Telegraph at ExCeL in London's Docklands from 6th - 16th January offers everything the boating or watersport fan could dream of.

  • Indoor Watersports Arena
  • Beach Hut Living
  • Inland Waterways Attraction
  • Awesome Dockside Display Area
  • UK's Largest Boating Shopping Mall