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I'll be there tomorrow evening after work, may try to get off a bit earlier if I can so as to allow time to get around everything. Earl's Court is a big place.

Must make sure I get to see the Phantom on the Vandercraft stand.

Also want to have a look at a new RIB.

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Well I went along yesterday after work and found that the show has actually contracted and is now all on one floor rather than the 2 shown on the show website. Obviously a number of exhibitors have pulled out which is perhaps not surprising given the current financial situation.

There were a few dinghy exhibitors including Hartley Laminates, Vandercraft and Ovington Boats. Also Hobie had a cat there and the chap on the stand was very helpful and friendly. Hartley had a nice selection of boats including Wayfarers, a Wanderer and a very tasty Supernova that took my eye before my wallet had a siezure.

The Phantom on the Vandercraft/Ovington stand was very impressive looking but the number of control lines (7 or 8 per side) would have had me wanting a crew to look after them for me!

There was a slightly insane looking Bladerunner foiling skiff. Not sure how they stay up on those tiny blades but they convinced me once and for all that they are way beyond my taste and abilities.

There was a decent selection of small yachts, a good selection of ribs and a few clothing and equipment suppliers. Some decent show offers depending on what you are after.

I got there at about 6pm and having looked round the whole show and chatted to a few people left about 7.15pm. I felt like I had seen all I was interested in and left slightly underwhelmed by the show and looking forward to a much more interesting Dinghy Show in March where hopefully there will be a lot more to see and hopefully some good deals on kit to be had.

Hope this is of help to those who are undecided about going or not..

 

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Thanks Status - I was undecided, but now I'm sure - I won't be going!
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Thanks, that is my Phantom!

As for the controls, it is five! had you already been to the Guiness stand? Forestay, lowers, outhaul, cunno, kicker.

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Originally posted by Chris Turner

Thanks, that is my Phantom!

As for the controls, it is five! had you already been to the Guiness stand? Forestay, lowers, outhaul, cunno, kicker.

I didn't actually count that far once I had mentally decided it was too many for me.

Looked like a stunning boat though and a lot of sail! You are going to have loads of fun in that.

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There are things to do, one of them has to be a visit to the Stormforce Stand where they are doing a rigging challenge. You aim is to beat Dan Jaspers of RS 24sec rigging the Vision.

Unfortunately I can't make it as I am sailing (oh what a shame) but wold be interested to see pictures.
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The challenge has already been met.. I gather Super Coach Dan Jaspers had his time smashed by 2 seconds courtesy of a little girl.. It was 22 seconds to beat as of yesterday evening.
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I agree - it's great there and there's LOADS going on so don't understand
why so many people have been rubbishing it here - I went yesterday and
there were hundreds of people and they're buying stuff too! Get off your
soapboxes and go and see what all the fuss is about.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Medway Maniac Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Nov 08 at 2:19pm
I gather from Vandercraft that while it's been relatively quiet, it's by no means been a flop in the Vandercraft/Ovington area. The big powerboat area was a bit sad apparently, however (so there's some justice).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alstorer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Nov 08 at 4:49pm
Originally posted by Lionheart

I agree - it's great there and there's LOADS going on so don't understand
why so many people have been rubbishing it here - I went yesterday and
there were hundreds of people and they're buying stuff too! Get off your
soapboxes and go and see what all the fuss is about.

Who do you work for, if you don't mind me asking? EC&O Venues? The organisers? An exhibitor?

Apologies if I'm just being too cynical here...
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