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VIDEO: London show expects large crowds

Russian oligarchs and Middle Eastern oil tycoons are expected at the 61st London Boat Show, which opened during the weekend at the Excel Centre in the London Docklands.

Last year's show pulled in about 90,000 visitors. This year, organizers are hoping the number will top 100,000, according to a BBC report.

More than 400 boats are being unveiled at the nine-day show, but center stage goes to a Sunseeker 28-meter yacht that costs 4,763,000 pounds, or about $7,203,085, according to the Daily Mail.

The show offers 83 debut boats unveiled by designers. The ticketed event will see a host of big names step on board the superyachts, including the Princess Royal, sailing Olympic gold medalist Sir Ben Ainslie, English sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston — the first man to complete a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation — boxer Carl Frampton and TV presenter Nick Knowles.

Ainslie is expected to be a big attraction at the show with his racing team.

“It’s great news to have Sir Ben Ainslie and his Ben Ainslie Racing team joining us at the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show,” said Murray Ellis of National Boat Shows. “Their support confirms the show as an event which truly reflects the world-leading and dynamic UK marine industry.”

'With so much attention surrounding the America’s Cup and excitement sweeping the nation, this is sure to be one of our top attractions,” Ellis said. “The BAR stand will capture the imagination of sailing enthusiasts and general visitors alike, showcasing the latest innovations from Britain’s bid to dominate the world of sailing.”

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