Dinghy Show 1st - 2nd March
Would it be a good idea to have copies of Julio's building blog at the boat show? Makes an interesting read and insight into home building Merlin Rockets!
If you are coming in to Euston then take the Victoria line to Finsbury Park, change to the Piccadilly (walk 25 yards for interchange) to Wood Green and get the regular bus service up the hill
I also would like to thank everyone who helped on the stand Olly and Alex were there both days and Harriet Salmon and Maddie Jones did a day each and the Tosh clan were there in force also.
This year‚??s Dinghy Show at Alexandra Place is fast approaching 1st-2nd March. This year we will have three boats on the stand which include Superfast Jellyfish Simon Blakes Joe Richards Deadline design, Simon Hipkins Keith Callaghan Hazard design and Dave Wades New winder boat. This will be largest stand I think the class has had at the show and there is rumours that there will be the odd Merlin on other stands also.
oop's sorry Keith
James where are you based you can use my garage if you like, I can move the cars out for a projects like that..
We drove up from West Wiltshire leaving at 7:30. Took only two hours and as usual there were no traffic holdups and we were directed straight into the car park which had oodles of space. There's even a free bus up the hill for those who aren't energetic enough to walk (or have kids in tow).
Good call Olly.
A big thanks to our chairman Paul Hollis for co-ordinating the whole event from Friday daytime, through to Sunday evening. It takes a massive amount of commitment to do that. In my view the stand looked fantastic, and on Saturday was always very busy. Our main aim of maintaining/raising the profile of the class at the Dinghy Show was hopefully achieved.
I can't beleive you stop to chat Fran!!
There is generally plenty of parking on the site, but the earlier you get there the closer you will be. It can be quite a walk if you are right down by the exit gates.
Getting excited now! 4 kids in tow but sure they will have fun. If I go to bed early it will be time to go soon!!
What a wasted day! Having never been to the show before, I was really disappointed. No Parking, no shuttle buses, no signs in town to give you any idea how to get there etc. When we finally made it we found it crowded, cramped and lacking in anything to engage the kids; they did the treasure hunt and ate some grub, looked at a few boats and were bored stiff ! Bored kids = unhappy dad who can't sneak off to look at boats and chat to people.
All, sorry about my grumble... not aimed at MROA at all. As I said, the stand was very interesting and the crowd shows the boats are of interest which is great. Pat, if I had left at 0730 I probably would have made it in 2 hours and parked easily, but I struggle to get all the kids up, fed, watered and into the car that early at the weekend! My main gripe was the confusion over where to park and where to get the bus, with hungry kids in tow this was bound to taint the whole day!
Looking forward to it and planning to bring 4 uture champions along too (aged 10, 11, 14 and 15).
Will be driving up with car full of kids... what is the advice on parking?
It's a HAZARDOUS design Paul, not HAZARD. Simon's boat is all wood, very light and stiff, and beautiful too. Good to see that the Jellyfish is coming as well. What a threesome!
I think the Hazardous and Deadline design both look great. Just need to save more pennies to afford a new one. Very tempted with the kit boat just need a garage then I would certainly go for it.
Based in Winchester, not going to have time till after June due to a wedding!
Have my ticket, can anyone suggest best train connections from Chester please i.e. Is it best to go into Euston and get tube out etc.?
Great stand at the show. Demonstrated three brilliant variations on modern Merlin's.
I enjoyed it, tho' have been before and it helps to know where to park and how the park and ride works; also no children in tow.
Right, this is how to do it; from the A504 Muswell Hill take Alexandra Palace Way and at the left hand bend turn right (this was signed 'All Parking' in 2014). Follow the road down and bear right (remember this spot, as the transit bus leaves from here) and follow the directions of the blokes in yellow. You may find a space higher up the hill than they direct you to, but the odds are against it. Then walk back and get the transit bus to the entrance steps. Or you can walk the whole way, it's not far but a steep climb which won't suit everyone, and better saved for running precipitately back down after a few drinks at the end of the day!
I would also like to add my thanks to Paul and everyone else who helped out. I thought it was a cracking weekend with lots of interest in the class as always. I was indeed helping out both days but even with all the hanging around at the end on Sunday packing boats away, it was a pleasure to be able to get new people interested our brilliant class.