Radio Jackie started advertising the open weekend on Monday 28 April and during the
following two weeks it was mentioned several times. Over a hundred posters were printed
and distributed and the Citylocal Richmond website carried our advert for three weeks
prior to the event. However the most successful form of advertising seems to have
been posters in local venues, school magazines and our roadside banner at the main
gate on the Lower Sunbury Road.
Saturday got off to its usual slow start. The sunshine beat down but there was zero
wind and a lot of visitors ended up having to go out in the safety boats.
Nigel's plan for an evening DIY BBQ was a real winner with 40 members turning up
and cooking an amazing variety of goodies.
Sunday got underway almost as soon as the gates opened. The conditions, by contrast
to Saturday, were perfect with a good breeze blowing straight up the river. Our helms
were hard pressed to cope with visitors requests for a sail.
31 groups consisting of 65 people visited the club over the weekend. This was a great
result, albeit the incredible weather probably helped as well. If even half those
visitors apply for membership we will have done incredibly well.
Thanks to everybody who worked so hard before and during the weekend. You only had
to be around the club on Sunday to see that it was all worth while.