Swallow, the iconic dinghy who starred in the original film Swallows and Amazons is currently on display at the Southampton International Boat Show, greeting families as they arrive.
I have been giving talks on filming afloat and how we made the movie on location in the Lake District nearly fifty years ago.
Over 103,000 people are expected to visit the show this year. Although busy, it does not feel crowded. There is a lot to see and do.
Thanks to the help of excellent technicians, my presentations proved popular, ‘inspiring talks on the Foredeck Stage’.
I later sign copies of ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons‘ at Future Publishing’s corner stand. It has been a great opportunity to meet film fans, readers and feature writers.
You can find a four-page feature on how we clubbed together to buy Swallow in this month’s Practical Boat Owner magazine.
You can apply to SailRansome to take her out yourself. She is sea-worthy but we are looking for sponsorship from a boatbuilding company to help re-varnish her and repair a small hole in her bow.
If you were are unable to get to the Southampton International Boat Show this year, you can watch an in-depth interview released this week by Your Take: