16 Sep 2010
As Ambassador for the day I was asked to help judge the Best Dressed Lady and also got to meet a group of Female Media representatives that took to the water in some rather small dinghies to be put through their paces by the female instructors of Rockley Watersports as they competed in the Ladies Day challenge.
The Ladies Day challenge saw Meridan’s Sally Simmonds, Heart FM’s Jules, Tara Russell from the Daily Echo, Wessex Cancer’s Kim Lawford and Boat Show Sponsor PSP’s Jo Dixie take to the water to learn the basics of dinghy sailing.
After an hours expert tuition the girls were on top form and the real challenge began these rookie sailors were set the task of competing against each other in a race in the Marina, right in front of the Platinum Lounge bar and Ladies Day delegates enjoying a glass of wine over lunch.
As the air horn sounded Meridan’s Sally Simmonds stole the wind from the others and got off to a flying start with PSP’s Jo Dixie right behind her closely followed by Tara from the Daily Echo. These Rookies looked like pros and held their positions to take the first, second and third podium positions.
After lunch ladies were treated to a fashion show by Rhian’s of Warsash as the models took to the Show’s main stage to display some of the latest fashions joined on stage by some of the crew of HMS Dauntless.
The Daily Echo’s fashion scouts sailed round the show snapping pictures of the best dressed ladies that were taking advantage of the gorgeous sunshine and special offers introduced for the day.
By four o’clock the results were in and we all gathered in the Champagne Bar to find out who would be crowned 2010 PSP Southampton Boat Show’s Best Dressed Lady.
Champagne in hand, the result was announced dressed in a stunning knee length purple satin dress with matching heels was Juliet Okafor (31) from Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire. Juliet received a one night spa break for two courtesy of the Chewton Glen, a Canon Powershot A480 digital camera - courtesy of the official charity Wessex Cancer Trust. In addition to a pink mother of pearl Rotary ladies Aquaspeed with Austrian crystal set bezel, provided courtesy of my sponsors Rotary Watches.
Every Year the boat shows Ladies Day becomes bigger and better – the challenge set to the team this year shows just how easy it is for ladies to get involved in boating. Every year there are more and more females in the sports of sailing and powerboating making the headlines and winning medals and it’s great to be involved.