Just a quick write-up at the end of the dinghy show weekend to say that the Flying Fifteen class had an excellent show, with many familiar faces as well as plenty of new ones coming to our stand for a chat and to admire the brand-new boat we had on display.
We had a slightly larger stand this year, which was also "dressed" more extensively than in the past courtesy of a raft of new vinyl banners, printed posters and give-away leaflets. As the below photos illustrate, it wasn't uncommon for the boat itself to be surrounded on all sides by admirers.
There is a lot more involved in organising the class's appearance at the dinghy show each year than most people realise, and we all owe a debt to Keith Jamieson in particular for organising everything very efficiently prior to the event and for rallying-together and then managing a group of additional volunteers to help out on the weekend itself.
Great thanks also go to Bill Chard for loaning his very shiny new boat (for those keeping track, we're now up to sailnumber 4069), and no-doubt explaining to people the workings of adjustable mainsheet bridles and lazy spinnaker guys dozens and dozens of times throughout the weekend.
Finally, thanks to everyone who volunteered time to build the stand on Friday afternoon, man it during the weekend, and take it down again on the Sunday evening.
Dinghy Show Posters!
As mentioned above we had various new leaflets printed both for use at the show and for distribution to clubs this year (see more info below), and to complement these there was both a half-page advert which appeared in the Yachts & Yachting Dinghy Show Programme, and also some large format posters for use on the stand itself:-
These poster proved to be so eye-catching that we had enquiries from people wanting to buy them! For this reason we'll be organising the printing of a few more copies, so if you would also like a copy yourself please let us know now.
The image itself is from David Harding (licensed to UKFFA), and both the print quality and paper quality is excellent - and as you can see from the dimensions shown above the poster is over 1m wide, so is very attention-grabbing.
The cost will be £10 per poster (plus postage I guess), which is more-or-less what they cost us to get them printed - the actual printing cost varies depending upon the print volume but basically UKFFA will be subsidizing the cost slightly if we only get a few printed, but if more people want them then we might make a small profit.
So if you want a copy for the wall of your sailing club, or even for the wall of your bedroom, please contact either Keith Jamieson or Jeremy Arnold and we'll sort one out for you
Finally a quick note about leaflets; in a few weeks time we will be sending out 'publicity packs' to all existing fleet captains and open meeting organisers, with each pack containing material aimed at both existing Flying Fifteen sailors and potential new ones.
Following a couple of conversations I had with people at the show I would also like to extend the distribution of these publicity packs to anyone else who think they can put them to good use. So if you are from a club outside the UK, or from a club that has interest in Flying Fifteens but doesn't yet have an established fleet, please get in touch and we'll add you only to the distribution list.