This year is more or less a write-off for just about every event planned and we all look forward to a bright future when things can open up, and the spring of next year hopefully brings a new dawn and a return to something like normal. This month should have seen the staging of Scotland's largest annual maritime event at Kip Marina in Inverkip.

Scotland's Boat Show promised the usual outstanding array of top-class water-sports, food and drink, yachting and much more but, sadly, this is now postponed.

Kip Marina is a jewel in the Inverclyde yachting crown and attracts sailing visitors from across the globe as they seek out world class sailing waters. Here we take a look back at some Kip Marina highlights.


Princess Anne visited Kip Marina in 2016 in celebration of their 30th anniversary, and in doing so opened Scotland's Boat Show. The Princess Royal is seen here with marina managing director Gavin McDonagh and yard manager Heath Gairns as they toured the many exhibits and stalls. The show included a 'Get on the Water' pavilion for the first time in a drive to help introduce visitors to the joys of water-sports.


Landlubbers not so keen on things aquatic still had good reason to visit Scotland's Boat Show in 2013 with the appearance of some outstanding cars.

Star of the show, for land-based exhibits at least, was this £240,000 Rolls Royce Phantom Convertible. One of the many sailing craft on show, a £500,000 Sealine 43, is seen in the background of the shot.


Kip Marina played host to Iconic adventurer and explorer Ranulph Fiennes and Falcon Scott, grandson of Scott of the Antarctic when the two met up to commemorate Greenock's own Polar explorer Henry 'Bridie' Bowers, who perished along with Robert Falcon Scott on their return form the frozen wastes of the South Pole.

The iconic duo visited Kip in 2012 and took time to attend a photocall on a marina pontoon.


Staff at Kip Marina made time to do their bit to raise funds for Children in Need and kindly got together for this shot taken at the marina offices in 2007.

Skull and Crossbones, canon and swords all came in handy to give this picture a true pirate flavour as the group collected donations from yacht owners.


The hit Bond movie Quantum of Solace served as inspiration for the Scotland's Boat Show of 2011 and what better prop for a shot than the Aston Martin Aston Martin Rapide which featured in the film.

The Sunseeker Superhawk yacht in the background of the pic was as used in exotic harbour scenes in Haiti by the 'bad guys' in the movie.