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THE
MAINSHEET
Autumn 2004

Contents

Commodore’s Bit
AGM & Prize Giving
Annual Dinner
Athens Olympics
Back-tracking History
Bewl Visit
Bodgett Bodges On
Dinghy Show
E-mail
For Sale
Italian Evening
Makeover
Maritime Greenwich
Mid Thames Trophy
Sailing Sec’s Report
Simple Things
Social Calendar
Summer Serenade
Weed
Welcome
Working Party

Dinghy Show Facts,
Figures & Statistics

For those of you that are interested in such things here are some numbers from last years RYA Dinghy Show that have just been released. It seems that visitor numbers were up 7.5% on the previous year with a total attendance of 10,441. Apparently 89% of exhibitors rated the show 'good' to 'very good' with 97% reporting that they had achieved or exceeded their show objectives.

For those of you who are already penciling 2005 dates in your diaries next years show is on 5/6 March at Alexandra Palace (their goes my birthday again!). I've just sent off the application and deposit for the 2005 SigneT stand plus I've also got the display dinghy, and a back-up, lined-up so the arrangements for next year's show are already well underway. If you've never been to the dinghy show why not give a try next year, it's a great day out and if you look hard enough theirs still a bargain or two to be had.

Mike (SCOA Dinghy Show Organiser) Baker

The Simple Things

Sometimes it's the simple things that can make life so much easier. How many times have we all watched people run a launch trolley into the water under a dinghy and then struggle to get the dinghy straight so it will pull up onto the trolley?

To solve this all you need to do is bolt a length of bent up steel strip onto the underside of each end of the trolley main support beam. The bent up ends need to be higher than the beam and bent outwards so they just clear the launch trolley wheels. These 'spigots' can then be covered with clear plastic tubing which is available at some garden centres that sell exotic fish and their paraphernalia. The dinghy can now be recovered with ease as the spigots will guide the dinghy into the central position as it is drawn up onto the trolley. A bonus is that the water acts as like a lubricant between the hull and the guides reducing friction to pretty near zero.

Try it, it really works surprisingly well.

Mike (Bright Ideas) Baker