Last years event was so popular that a re-run was scheduled in this year's calendar.
Beijing is watching with interest. These Olympics were to have been organised by
Team Lunniss with many of the original events being repeated, however at the last
minute they had to be postponed because of the ongoing window replacement work at
the club. Apologies for that and hopefully they will be re-scheduled for sometime
later in the year.
Windows being replaced
1st & 2nd March Dinghy Show Feedback from the RYA
The number of visitors on Saturday was reported as on par with the previous year.
Apparently attendance dipped on Sunday, as a consequence of Mothers Day, the RYA
said, resulting in an overall attendance figure of 9,053.
The show will continue at Alexandra Palace and next years dates will be 7 & 8 March.
I have to admit I go to Alexandra Palace because I have to. If the SCOA didn't have
a stand at the show I doubt I would bother unless I was seriously in the market for
a new boat and wanted to take a close look at something.
From a futures point of view it's just not attracting enough new people. I don't
believe the RYA has ever collected or released figures for new-comers attendance
but my guess is it would be very low. In other words it's preaching to the converted
and mainly relying on existing and borne-again sailors returning after the usual
domestic interruptions and with any luck bringing their offspring with them.