As a class and Association, we need to make an effort to promote the BOSS beyond the Multi-gala circuit, where, in effect we have a ‘closed shop’, where owners / sailors of the ISO and BUZZ, have exposure to the BOSS and are more likely to remain with a Topper range. The BOSS needs to appeal to a much wider section of the sailing community if it is to improve its numbers and continue in the increasingly competitive high performance dinghy market.
The introduction of the RS800 and the slick marketing of RS / LDC means that we have to actively persuade potential new owners to purchase a BOSS, rather than a Laser 5000 or RS800. Neither the Class Association, nor Topper have the funds available to market the boat effectively. The most effective advertising tools we have are the boats themselves and the people who sail them, so it’s up to us all to promote the class, and to try to persuade fellow club members to go BOSS.
In addition, we also need to attract people to the class by letting them see the boats in action, and offer the opportunity of taking them out for a spin. The ideal opportunity to demonstrate the boats both on the racecourse and off the beach are the summer race weeks, of which there are many. In addition to the Multi Gala events already programmed, that as many BOSSes as possible try to make it to Abersoch Dinghy Week.
Abersoch Dinghy week is arguably the ideal location for a family race week. At going to press we have a confirmed 3 boats, which will compete in the Fast Asymmetric Dinghy Class, won in 1999 by a BOSS. South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club hosts the event held July 23 – 28. The week consists of 1 race per day on the fantastic waters of Tremadoc Bay. There are plenty of Hotels, B&Bs and campsites, suitable for families or individuals alike. Racing generally finishes on Friday morning, allowing plenty of time to travel down to Lee-on-Solent for the Gala event on the following weekend.
Draycote Water SC Directions
The Clubhouse is situated on the Southern side of the lake. Access is from the A426 Southam to Dunchurch road at Kites Hardwick. The club is well signposted. A one-way system is in force through the boat park. When approaching the club keep left up the hill and then turn right into the club road. Then drop off your boat and equipment and park in the car park.
We will be exhibiting a new boat at the dinghy show at Alexandra Palace on the 4th and 5th March. We would appreciate people to help on the stand. Could you contact Vicki who is co-ordinating this. Please find attached pre booking forms. We hope you will attend. We are planning a night out on the Saturday which I am sure will be a good laugh.