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    Posted: 18 Jan 12 at 12:26pm
Actually Southampton show was absolutely excellent.  I went last September and will go again this year.  But never again to London.  The Southampton show was packed with boats of all types for everyone as well as many features.  Well worth a visit and a total contrast to London.

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Its a real shame that all I have heard are bad comments about this years show, I don't suppose any of you will be attending the Southampton show in September, probably will be much of the same.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mark Jardine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan 12 at 8:25pm
Originally posted by SalsaPirates

Are they doing the dinghy race 'clash of classes' (???)  this year?


The 'Battle of the Classes' unfortunately had to stop due to building works where the boats launched from - the last one was in 2010.
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Are they doing the dinghy race 'clash of classes' (???)  this year?
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Oh Dear, what a terrible show.  When the show left Earls Court it lost its soul and became a spiritless shadow of the Boat show.  I went last about 5 years ago and promised never to go again.  I went this year and stayed just over an hour.  It was embarrassing that a foreign visitor might travel to see that disgrace. When will the organisers realise the SHOW should entertain, and have boats to see.  There needs to be boats of all types and lots of them.  It used to take a day to see the show - not just and hour.  I am just not surprised the show is failing as no-one wants to waste their time travelling to see such a poor show.  It is probably time to cancel the London Boat Show for good.
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Sorry, I did forget that I'd seen your announcement that you weren't going- interesting that your biggest comeption aren't either.
 
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Its worth noting to dinghy sailors that RS Sailing won't be at the London Show either (nearly as high profile as Beneteau  LOL). Without wishing to be their spokesperson, I gather that Laser Performance or Topper will not be exhibiting either.

In recent years the high cost of exhibiting at Excel in proportion to the number of visiting dinghy sailors has made this show a really tough choice. We'll still be offering our usual early season deals  www.rssailing.com/showoffers along with an Open weekend at our new HQ in Romsey near Southampton where we'll have the range in the showroom, including the first public showing of the RS900. There'll also be clothing and accessory deals, a repair workshop, used boats and more - weekend of 14th/15th January. Sam is brushing his hair and Paul is cleaning his shoes specially so we hope you fancy popping in.

We remain committed to the Dinghy Show, Southampton Boat Show and in fact RS is represented at more than 20 boat shows a year worldwide.

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It is very telling when the biggest boat builder of them all doesn't go. The real problem is the price of the venue. My old company spent 200k, allegedly, on a stand at Excel last autumn. You've got to sell a lot of stuff to make that worthwhile!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote G.R.F. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jan 12 at 9:02pm
Well we're looking forward to it from a bike show perspective it was very successfully for us last year, but then were not offering over priced junk with zero customer service and an aeon to wait for it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mister Nick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jan 12 at 7:49pm
I doubt it's going to be much longer to be honest. It was a bit rubbish last year, full of boring gin palaces, arsey salesmen and things totally unrelated to boating. I think I saw a shower cubicle at one stage...? God, if Beneteau aren't going it's not a good sign. I'm only going this year because KeyYachting gave us 4 'special guest' tickets for free :) If my dad wasn't planning on going then I definitely wouldn't bother, it isn't worth all the hassle of waiting around the Foyer of Excel all morning asking people who look vaguely nice to pretend to be my parents so I can actually get in.

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