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Post Options Post Options   Quote KazRob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Feb 20 at 7:50pm
Iím breaking with habit by going down for the first time in my 40 odd years of sailing and really looking forward to it. Would be nice if it was a bit further north now and again though!
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An on the water show sounds fine, but consider, if you figure a bare minimum of 15 mins per boat including changeover, and an 8 hour day, both of which seem wildly optimistic, that's 32 people see each boat in a day. Divide by each visitor sailing say 8 classes, multiply by 100 classes and average 4 boats per class, and you sell 1600 tickets. Add to that the frustration of the most interesting classes being the small ones which cant manage as many as 4 boats on the water, and I can't see it being remotely viable.

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And where does the " 2.5 million dinghy sailors" in the uk estimate come from ?. 2.5 million people that have been briefly in a dinghy or at some time considered sailing at some time in their lives maybe, but the number of people interested enough to consider a significant journey and committing to a day at a specialist show is surely much much lower.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Feb 20 at 10:11am
Not everyone would take sailing gear, those that do are more likely to be genuine buyers.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Feb 20 at 10:11am
The thing I always find puzzling, other than the RYA blurb which reaches RYA members I guess, you don't see a lot of other forward publicity from exhibitors, 'come and see us on stand whatever' you'd think facebook would be awash with classes inviting you, I get more invites to regattas I'm never likely to attend than invites for cup of coffee and cake or bubbles and brandy whatever.

I mean does anyone know who's going of extraordinary note? I love the show, can't wait for it each year, never ever get all the way round it, always get bogged down with someone or other I haven't seen for ages, but they'd do a lot better with a half decent publicity wallah..


Edit oh and regarding wet demo's v static dry shows, you sell much much more at the latter..

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I suspect the Rya are tied into the Ally Pally for years to keep the rent down. But I am sure that the occasional change of venue would at least see a different 12,000 people visiting.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Feb 20 at 1:26pm
Combine it with caravan and motor home show at the NEC, loads of boaters also have caravans.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote davidyacht Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Feb 20 at 2:33pm
Originally posted by 423zero

Combine it with caravan and motor home show at the NEC, loads of boaters also have caravans.

Wasnít there a Boat Show attached to this back in the day?

I wonder how many of the 12,000 are already committed to a particular class or exhibitor?  

It used to be a great talking shop and probably still is, but when I have been there it has usually because I was helping my club or class, and it always struck me that most people I spoke to were taking time off from another stand, or were from clubs from North London, Essex or Hertfordshire.


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I just love nice, positive, happy posts.
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This one, above, aimed at Ian
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