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 18 Feb 2013

Boat Shows - Provide touch and feel and world-wide exposure

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League
While the JJ Giltinan takes pride of place on the world sailing scene, (and Sail-World is covering it with more resources than ever before), in less than two weeks the world's largest dinghy boat show, the RYA Dinghy Show will open at London's Alexandra Palace.

Today we have news from the Farr 40's, the Lexus Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race, Geographe Bay, the Young AC's, the Vendee Globe and more...

On Saturday and Sunday March 2nd and 3rd some 200 exhibitors will be showing their wares to the walk in audience.

But many will consider there is an Elephant in the Room – the Internet.

Over the last decade the Internet has changed the world in ways that seem almost surreal.

We listen to radio stations from anywhere in the world and download the latest movies in minutes.

We buy online from all around the world, with many high street retailers in serious trouble.

The classified sections of newspapers, once rivers of gold, have almost dried up and newspaper and magazine circulations continue to plummet worldwide.

So across all business sectors, the graphs are studied to see if the Internet is turning the world upside down,

World-wide attendances over the last decade to Trade Shows and Exhibitions are down 15-25%, largely because show attendance is no longer needed to gain information, much more readily available online.

This is not just a British issue, it's happened to the Sydney International Boat Show, Sanctuary Cove, Dusseldorf and Genoa Shows the Annapolis Boat Show and Fort Lauderdale Boat Shows, in fact we cannot think of a long established Boat Show that has not experienced the same audience decay.

Yet once again event organisers, exhibitors and marine media will be focusing on attendance numbers, as the most significant measure of the RYA Dinghy Show's success but this emphasis ignores what such shows are really about.

The main attendance driver is the opportunity for touch and feel and talk for that reason trade shows, while losing visitor numbers, are gaining in the quality of contacts.

Show visitors these days are not just looking for information, mostly they have that already and the questions exhibitors are asked certainly reflect that.

RYA Dinghy Show 2010  RYA

What show visitors want is to touch, feel and talk... The talking part is more often to gauge the ethos of the organization they might be dealing with down the course.

So whether it's a Dinghy Class organization, a Sailing School or a boat builder, the product presentation, the ability for the Show visitor to get a feel for the boat and the friendly smile, after being asked the same question for the 300th time are all part of the consumer´s decision making mix.

So the fact that the 2006 RYA Dinghy Show had 11,549 attendees and the 2011 Show had just over 8,500 is not cause for wrist slashing. Just the fact that the Sydney International Boat Show will never reach its peaks of yesteryear is not an issue either.

What must be understood is that now-a-days, while the Internet has meant 15-25% of the once upon a time visitors are finding the information they need on line, is that as well as the touch and feel on the ground audience, overall the impact of the 2013 Show via feet on the ground, via major sailing websites, via Twitter and Facebook will be much more significant than ever before.

This month some 220,000 Sail-World readers for instance, will read detailed coverage of the event with news, interviews etc. That kind of coverage volume just did not exist back in 2006. While around 8,500 sailors and their families will flow thru the turnstiles in London over two days, some 50,000 sailors will have logged onto the world's largest sailing news site www.Sail-World.com and learned about the Boat Show, the JJ Giltinan and much more.

So rather than bemoaning the shrinking show visitation, it's time to congratulate the RYA, the longtime sponsors Suzuki and Yachts & Yachting, the media and to all the exhibitors and dinghy enthusiasts who together to make this such an important event on the UK and European and world boating scene.

Visitors interacting with various attractions, at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, ExCeL, London.  onEdition ©

As the Sail-World team treks into London, we too trust that it will not be snowing, as it was during the London Boat Show, and that visitors come in droves , but for those who don't, we know they will discover lots about the event and the exhibitors online.

Down under you can follow the event online with us.

RYA Dinghy Show 2013  

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Blown away on Geographe Bay
Bernie Kaaks,
Tradition has it that at this time of year, balmy warm breezes drift across Geographe Bay. Metropolitan yachties from Perth join their country cousins from across the State for a week of relaxed and blissful sailing on the clear, pristine waters on the edge of the State's premier wine growing region. At least that's how the script reads.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Tanguy de Lamotte crosses finish line + Video
Vendee Globe,
Vendee Globe 2012-13 skipper Tanguy de Lamotte crossed the finish line on Sunday at 10hrs 58min and 10 seconds (French time). He finished in 10th place with a race time of 98 days 21 hours 56 minutes and 10 seconds. He has travelled 28,160 miles on the water at an average speed of 11.9 knots.... [more]
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Mt Gay Rum 2013 Neptune Regatta. Pause for breath.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
A torrential tropical downpour to start the lay day at the Neptune Regatta. The sort that fllls up dinghies in five minutes, and makes sure that the islands stay green. Lay day around here doesn't mean a round of golf or a shopping trip – there are no golf courses on Pulau Sikeling and no shopping malls.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy 18fters: Mojo's mistake is Thurlow's gain in Race 2
Frank Quealey and Sail-World,
The 18ft Skiffs are noted for their dramatic nature and today's Race 2 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour didn't let supporters down. While Mojo Wine, skippered by two times Australian 16 Footer champion James Dorron, took line honours, the 18s rookie skipper and his crew of Ricky Bridges and Mike McKensey were totally dismayed when they failed to g... [more]
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Farr 40 Australian Championship - NSW State Title overall
Lisa Ratcliff,
>Aberdeen Asset Management NSW State Title was held on Sydney Harbour this weekend. Following today's series win Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and his crew on the prizewinning Sydney based Farr 40 Transfusion are closing in on a clean sweep of the class' Australian Championship.... [more]
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Black Betty sets the pace at Geographe Bay
Bernie Kaaks,
Gary McNally's GP42 Black Betty set the early running in the first two windward and return races at the Redink Homes Geographe Bay Race Week today, winning line honours and IRC in both. Terry Posma sailed an excellent first race in his Runnalls 38 to hold off a fast finishing General Lee, to claim a hard fought second place.... [more]
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Lexus Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race 2013 - Sweeping success
Harry Fisher,
Lexus Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race 2013 was totally owned by Geoff Boettcher and his crew as their boat Secret Men's Business followed their line honours victory with PHS (Overall Handicap), Division 1 IRC, and Overall IRC crowns.... [more]
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Gilmour wins CentrePort champs in closest final ever
RPNYC Events,
Sam Gilmour's team from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club have won the 2013 CenterPort International Youth Match Racing Championships in the closest final seen for many years on the Trans Tasman Youth Match Racing Circuit. Racing could not have been closer against Ash Rooklyn's team from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in the final series which went to an unprecedented sixth match.... [more]
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Farr 40 NSW State Titles - Testing the mettle on day 1
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Farr 40 class has a reputation for attracting some of the world's greatest tacticians and day one of the Aberdeen Asset Management NSW State Title yesterday tested the mettle of even the most seasoned among the afterguard. Once racing finally got away following a three hour postponement, UK based tactician Adrian Stead and Kokomo's owner/driver Lang Walker proved an unbeatable combination.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff International 2013 - Tight opener + Video
Bob Killick,
The JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff International 2013 started with a lot of very excited and cheering fans from a large spectator fleet usually reserved for the last Sunday of this iconic skiff sailing contest.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Live coverage - start 3.00pm Sydney time
Richard Gladwell,
Organisers of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Trophy are running a great website which features live tracking. Click on the links below to follow the live race tracking (all things willing). A video of the Invitation race is available for viewing, other races will be posted on the Video channel www.jj18footerstv.com as they are uploaded.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Big rigs again for Day 2 - PredictWind
Richard Gladwell,
Moderate winds from a southerly direction are again forecast for the second race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour. PredictWind is showing a a breeze expected to average 10-13kts around race start time of 4.00pm, slowly easing to 8-10kts a couple of hours later. Gusts will be above this average strength.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Upwind finish expected for Tanguy de Lamotte
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Tanguy de Lamotte (Initiatives Cœur) is forecast to cross the finish line at Les Sables d'Olonne between nine and ten (French time) on Sunday, February 17. It would give him a race time of around 98 days, 21 hours. But he will not be able to relax until he is home.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Sensational conditions predicted for 5th edition
Trish Jenkins,
Only 48 hours before a record breaking fleet sets sail for the fifth RORC Caribbean 600, weather forecasts are unanimously predicting sensational conditions, ideal for record-breaking pace, and there is every possibility that this will be the fastest RORC Caribbean 600 on record.... [more]
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Secret Men's Business takes line honours in Adelaide to Lincoln Race
Harry Fisher,
Secret Men's Business of the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia (CYCSA) has taken out the Line Honours victory in the 2013 Lexus Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race in dominating fashion. Skipper Geoff Boettcher and his crew of 12 other men sailed a strategically sound race in light and testing conditions to come out victors two and a half hours ahead of second place boat Scarlet Runner of... [more]
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Combined Hobart Clubs Long Race Series – Betsey Island Race overall
Peter Campbell,
Betsey Island Race, the sixth race of the Combined Hobart Clubs Long Race Series, was hosted by Derwent Sailing Squadron today and produced new leaders in the AMS and PHS handicap pointscores, with just one long race to sail next month.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18 footers - Will Iain Murray´s latest wrinkle win?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Iain Murray, the Big fella arrived on the 18 footer scene in the mid 1970´s as a skinny 17 year old, with Color 7, he won six JJ Giltinan Trophy´s in a row from 1977 onwards, after making major changes to the 1976 design of his boat which revolutionised the 18 footer scene.... [more]
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CYCA Ocean Pointscore Series - Sydney Newcastle Race overall
Jennifer Crooks,
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Ocean Pointscore Series (OPS) penultimate race was held today. Julian Farren-Price has secured a hat-trick of season wins in the OPS after his Cookson 12, About Time, was declared the overall winner of the Sydney Newcastle Race... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA enjoys steady flight on foils
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA, the Defender of the America's cup has released a video showing their AC72 catamaran flying steadily on San Francisco Bay while foil-borne. To date the team's first AC72 has been plagued with rumours about her ability to foil steadily and under control. This lack of ability has been put down to a number of factors, orbiting around the rather obvious platform twist.... [more]
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Ladies Day at the Club Marine Series.
John Curnow,
It was hot, bright, sunny and very cheery too on Melbourne's Port Phillip today. Of itself, that would seem to be a perfect reason to be Ladies Day, but in actual fact there were more women sailing on the 130 vessels in the Club Marine Series today than previously. Perhaps this was so because the Port Phillip Women's Championship Series starts tomorrow with the Jennifer Goldsmith Perpetual Trophy.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy 18ft skiffs: Clean race win to Gotta Love It 7
Frank Quealey,
An incident free race for the defending champion Gotta Love It 7 team proved a winning factor in a wonderful finish to Race 1 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship sailed on Sydney Harbour today. Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris were always near the lead and managed to manouvre their way around the south-east course without the dramas of their three main chal... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: America's Cup yacht collides with two 18ft skiffs
Richard Gladwell,
The first race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs got off with a bang on Sydney harbour this afternoon after two competitors were hit by an America's Cup yacht. The incident occurred before the start of the first race in the series when two yachts Yamaha White (New Zealand) and Southern Cross (Australia) were struck by the former America's Cup 12 Metre Steak n Kidney.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: Millennium Cup another great day's racing
Paul Gilbert,
Paul Gilbert from AquaPx was on hand to capture the action in another great days racing in the Millennium Cup, as the super yachts powered up the harbour to the finish line.... [more]
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Semi finalists are confirmed on Day 3 of the CentrePort champs
RPNYC Events,
Sailors were treated to a 10-12 knot northerly and cloudless skies for Day 3 of the 2013 CentrePort International Youth Match Racing Championship. Racing got away on time with the race committee rolling through the final matches of the second round robin and progressing on to the sail offs.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Invitation Race - The Kiwi way
Bob Killick,
JJ Giltinan Invitational Race goes to the Kiwis as Auckland's Alex Vallings on C-Tech gave the rest of the fleet a lesson in starting practice for the main event which starts on Saturday.... [more]
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Hearing: Bounty that sank had 'decaying frame and undetermined rot'
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The replica 18th-century sailing ship Bounty that sank off North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy had a decaying frame with an undetermined amount of rot in it before leaving port. This is what a Maine shipyard worker has told federal officials Wednesday at an investigative hearing.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Big rigs for Day 1 - PredictWind
Richard Gladwell,
Moderate winds from a southerly direction are forecast for the first race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour. PredictWind is showing a a breeze expected to average 10-13kts around race start time of 4.00pm, slowly easing to 8-10kts a couple of hours later. Gusts will be above this average strength.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Championship - Exciting racing on flying machines
Anna Parker,
The JJ Giltinan Championship was first held in 1938 and has since blossomed - producing many champions. This event has also produced some of the world's most exciting racing for thousands of spectators who have watched the flying machines in the hands of the world's best skiff sailors.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ flying on the Hauraki Gulf + Video
On Thursday, Emirates Team NZ's new AC72 had her second day of sailing on the Hauraki Gulf. Team Photographer, Chris Cameron, was on the water again and provided this gallery of images... [more]
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