The Cruising Association (CA), Britain's leading organisation for cruising sailors and motorboat cruisers, has issued a statement following British Marine’s decision to cancel next year’s London Boat Show.

British Marine announced yesterday that the 2019 event, due to run at London’s ExCeL exhibition centre from January 9-13, will not take place due to insufficient industry support.

“This is a sad, but many would say inevitable, conclusion, as LBS has seen falling exhibitor and visitor numbers year on year, after an initial flourish of anticipation and increased visitor footfall coinciding with the move from Earls Court to ExCel in 2004,” says the CA statement.

“For the Cruising Association, this decision reduces the opportunity for face-to-face recruitment, and there are some important decisions to be made regarding the future timing of events and activities that have always coincided with the LBS, such as the Med and Baltic parties and Flag Officers' Lunch.

“The closure of LBS will also come as a major blow for many East Coast companies who considered LBS as 'their' show.”

On behalf of the Cruising Association, CA general manager Lucy Gray says that any decision the CA Council makes in response to the announcement will be made after full consultation and in the best interests of all those affected.

“In the meantime, we will focus our efforts and resources on the Southampton Boat Show with a brand new stand and plenty of exciting on-stand activity, membership offers and member discounts,” she says.

Founded in 1908, the Cruising Association is Britain's leading organisation for cruising sailors and motor cruisers with over 6,000 members around the world. The group provides services, information, help and advice to sailors worldwide.