Sunseeker Originals to drop anchor at the Taste of the South Festival

The first ever Taste of the South festival, taking place at West Field Poole Park, will see two original Sunseeker motorboats displayed alongside local producers and manufacturers from the South of England. These two original models, namely Mustang 20 and Hostess 17, are two of the original boats created in 1969. They were originally unveiled at boat shows in Paris, Genoa and in London at Earls Court by the founders of Sunseeker Robert and John Braithwaite.

Sunseeker Mustang 20Taste of the South takes place 19th to 21st May and has been created in association with the Poole Maritime Festival which will host the 2-day European Maritime Conference for the first time here in Poole and the UK.

As they talk about “the Future of our Seas”, Taste of the South will set sail as they treat visitors to an exclusive sneak peek of these two Sunseeker boats that made their names and fortune in their association with international celebrities, royalty and Formula One Racing Drivers as well as featuring in the famous James Bond films and several other blockbusters.

At the helm of this enterprise is entrepreneur and co-founder of Sunseeker, Robert Braithwaite CBE DL who said, “We are extremely proud of our long established heritage with Poole, Dorset and the South of England. We are looking forward to celebrating the South’s maritime history and what it has brought to us over the years.

It seems fitting that we will be showcasing two of our very own original Sunseeker boats alongside the Taste of the South festival with artisans, producers, manufacturers and other new businesses who are just starting out.

These two original boats showcase where the Sunseeker business started, and we want to share that heritage with all the visitors. Sunseeker is a global leader which started back in West Quay Road, Poole and has remained here in Poole ever since.

Taste of the South is a FREE event so please come and see the boats for yourselves and learn more about our story.”

Sunseeker Hostess 17Said Jackie Phillipson from Taste of the South and ROUTEpr, “It is rather fitting that the UKs Maritime Festival and Taste of the South should have these two Sunseeker originals, they are where the company started right here in Poole and are now a global phenomenon. One of the boats, the Hostess 17, appeared in Casino Royale and saw Robert Braithwaite himself act as the skipper to James Bond himself, Daniel Craig.”

And, finally, it’s not all about Sunseeker at Taste of the South Robert Braithwaite recently gifted Poole hospital with the new, innovative advancements in surgery known as the da Vinci robot. 

Impressed with the level of service and treatment he personally received facing his own illness, he donated this advanced technology to ensure others can be treated and helped.

Robert Braithwaite continues, “I am eternally grateful for the support and kindness showed by the staff at Poole hospital and this new initiative, known as Project Q, has demonstrated a deep connection and partnership between innovation and maritime which is exactly what Taste of the South looks to bring together. Representatives from Project Q will be on hand at the event to provide information and answer questions .”

Taste of the South is a FREE festival that takes place from 19th-21st May at Poole Park, Dorset.