Dinghy Show Report

Show Report
Well the Dinghy Show is now behind us and next up is the start of our sailing season with the first event at Manor Park.

We had a very very busy Saturday at the show, the stand was full of people most of the time, with a good level of interest in both new and second hand boats. On show was both the new radial cut Dacron sail and the full SR Rig, sporting the new Mylar fabric, both looking very impressive.

John had LN 414 on the stand, which also happens to be up for sale as a used factory demonstrator, priced at £4,500 on the water, she is only a year old.

Sunday was a much quieter affair all round, there were far fewer people at the show, particularly in the afternoon, so I guess there were a few good bargins to be had as stands tried to unload some of their stock. Certainly it was one of the quietest days I’ve seen at the show in recent years.

Overall I would say it was pretty successful show for us as a Class, we had a good stand, in a very good position, with lots of interest in the boat and the CA.

Boats for Sale
People were very interested in the second hand market and right now we have four LN’s up for sale.

LN 414 is a factory demonstrator, priced at £4,500

LN 307 is a very well spec’d boat priced at £1,800

LN 243 is a good looking boat well priced at £700

LN 116 is another good looking boat keenly priced at £800

All the details can be found on the For Sale page here: FOR SALE PAGE

First Event
So we start our season on thr 6th and 7th April with a training day and first event at Manor Park. This is a great little club just to the north of Birmingham, very easy to get to from the motorway network.

We have some new ideas for the training day with Robbie Claridge and Paul White leading the day. Robbie is not only John’s son, but is a professional sailing coach as well, Paul of course won our Open Series in 2012. Simon Hopkins will also lend a hand.

The intention is to give coaching in very small groups based around ability levels and skills, this is almost one3one help. You’ll get to choose which group you want to be with, and we are planning on having plenty on of the water video cover, so not only will you get on the water coaching, but video footage to review and learn from too. Robbie will try and voice over some of the video as well, to provide even more one2one coaching help.

You get to put all that coaching help to good use in our first open event of the season on the Sunday, with our normal three race event format on the Sunday. Boats can safely be left overnight at the club and there is a good pub/B&B just down the road, about a mile away. their rooms are comfortable en-suite standard at a good price, but book in as they are getting busy already. We generally meet there in the evening for a quick meal and a review of the day, a table is already booked for the evening.

This is a great new way to kick off the season, Manor Park is a lovely little club, very friendly with some nice water to sail on. Facilities are good and overnighting is easy, I think Jason is even planning on camping overnight at the Club…

Everyone is welcome whether you’re a CA member or not, just turn up and enjoy the event. A few people at the show were looking for a test sail, again if you coming along with your sailing kit, we’ll get you out in a boat. Hope to see you there.