I would like to thank Graham & Wendy Pope who succeeded against all the odds(mechanical failure on the motorway) to get a beautiful boat to the Dinghy Show - it was well worth their efforts in the amount of visitors who stopped to chat and admire; to Andrew Perrott (and for the great River photo) , Colin and Elaine, John Claridge for delivering ASBO -("What a cool boat!") Mark (T-shirts were a good idea - but who spilled down their's front and back???) and Nicki (poor girl, spending all weekend talking sailing and standing around sailors), Richard Keefe and Sam (who drove down in the Caterham), Tim Lupton and of course Gary - oh and Ted Deacon and Alex and Jack Pope (and for his photos) who helped with the load-out. I thought (but then I would) that we had the best looking stand. Sadly I ended up bringing it all back home which, having managed to recover the stand carpet and with the top stacking unit for the road trailer and new Moth trolley, was no mean feat. Thanks again. Abby
The stand was stunning! ASBO looked better than in the photographs, as for that sail-WOW! Grahams "thingy-me-bob" Looks amazing and it will be interesting to see how she performs, if she goes half as well as she looks-potential nationals winner . I went on the sunday and were there when Abbey and Graham were there-very friendly and I think the class was shown off exceptionally well (sorry for bad spelin )
Big thank you to Abby and Gary for their sweat and toil lugging the stand around and Marks similar efforts with the tables and chairs and T shirts,then cramming it all back into his coupe.All the helpers too ,great effort by all good photos,paperwork and the boats looked good too. Jeremy and Wendy deserve personal thanks for their inspiration and support from the stupid o clock starts in snow and ice building Xmoth through to pushing the car into the Motorway services and still wanting to get to the show on time. Thanks what a great bunch. Graham
Thanks to everyone who helped out at the Show and Roger for well timed Press release to Y+Y.This looks like a repeat of last years post but Abby and Gary put in a lot of effort again preparing for and during the show .As ther new custodian of the STAND I now fully appreciate their work.Ian Hayward,Jeremy Higson,John Pickford,Colin Hall,and Paul Lohr all put in a shift on the stand With John Claridge providing continual support and Ed Deacon working overtime providing much needed muscle in the breakdown and stopping me from having one.Thank you to my landlord Colin for putting me up. The show was quieter than previous years but it was good to catch up with new names I recognise from our lists and some old friends not seen for a few years,a few new contacts were made and I have just received an e mail enquiry for a new boat so overall a similar level of interest despite the low turnout. Our stand looked good with with contrasting new Claridge Frp and wood X moth and despite a dimly lit spot the Judges gave X moth some serious and admiring scrutiny but i was sad to see she did not make the short list despite presenting a new approach to wooden boatbuilding,wait till next year! Next Year will be a bumper 80th so be prepared !we have some big plans for 2012! Anniversary
BIG THANKYOU COLIN Unloading our old stan!!d I was reminded Colin did us a big favour this year borrowing some very neat racing red dislay panels and very efficently erected them early for us to decorate, then quietly loaded them all up and took them away,Thank you and the lender very much Colin. WE may hire onsite next year but I will get the old ones out and see if replacing the panels is worth it as Tim suggests. Regards Graham
I would like to add my thanks to the thanks. I thought the stand looked great, and I don't know about the 'quiet' part. I talked so much on Saturday that I didn't have the energy to sail on Sunday.
Many thanks to Colin for finding the stands (they looked lovely but sticking photos to them was a challenge) John Claridge for bring an eyecatching boat. Graham for bringing an equally eyecatching boat - and mostly for taking it all away again.
It was great to see John and Joe Burford, Andrew P-M, Barry Pleasants, David Taylor, Ashley Smith, Richard Keefe. I know I have missed people but thank you all the same.