The Larks won't be attending the Dinghy Sailing Show this year.
Dinghy Sailing Show 2008
This year, due to an almighty "lapse" by our governing body, the RYA, the Lark Class will not be exhibiting at the Dinghy Sailing Show at Alexadra Palace.
Whilst this could be seen by some as the wrong 'signal' for a growing class association to be giving, we actually believe that this will be a blessing in disguise.
The Dinghy Show is an expensive weekend for the class not just in terms of the cost of the stand but also transporting the boat, ensuring plenty of enthusiastic volunteers to man the stand and the time taken in organising the event both before and after the show opens.
In fact as a way of promoting the Lark Class it is not that successful. The vast majority of visitors to the show are happy sailing the class that they currently sail, and the almost all our new Lark owners come through other forms of marketing/media.
With this very much in mind, in January the Lark Class had a very successful weekend exhibiting at the London Boat Show. At this event we learnt a lot in terms of the type of visior to these shows. They are generally looking to start racing, are upgrading from a plastic tub or are looking to come back into dinghy sailing after a few years absence due to family committments.
Datchet Water SC has in recent years hosted an on-the-water show. We believe that this is the type of event that the Lark Class should now be supporting. It is an ideal opportunity to attract new Lark sailors, but more importantly new owners.
With this in mind we are now looking for enthusiastic Lark sailors to contact us if they would be prepared to spend a day or two at Datchet Water on the weekend of 19th/20th April. It is unfortunate that this weekend clashes with the Pagham Open Meeting but if you can spare the time and don't plan on travelling to Pagham then the association would greatly appreciate your enthusiasm and efforts in making this event a huge success for the class.
Please contact Simon Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be able to help in any capacity at the Datchet Show.
Simon Cox - 10th February 2008