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The Crick show is al­ways a strange event, I’m never quite sure what to ex­pect – apart from the usual yel­low jacket in the car park want­ing to show how im­por­tant his badge of of­fice is.

Like most peo­ple I went straight to look at the boats and was struck by the num­ber of wide­beams on dis­play – 15 of them. In fact, wide­beams are so pop­u­lar now they have their own ‘Favourite’ cat­e­gory. But when you think about it, that’s very much a size of the times.

What came as more of a sur­prise was the num­ber of vis­i­tors and the re­sponse many of the ex­hibitors en­joyed this year.

The first clue came on our Canal Boat stand which was busy through­out the three days, not just with peo­ple buy­ing subscriptions to the mag­a­zine, but want­ing to talk about boats and boat­ing in gen­eral. And when I talked later with some of the ex­hibitors they all said the same thing, too.

Granted that the weather was, for a change, pretty good but it wasn’t so much the num­bers of peo­ple who were there but the qual­ity of them – peo­ple who were se­ri­ous about their boats and boat­ing.

That can only bode well for the fu­ture.

Some­thing stirred at Crick – and it was a wel­come shot in the arm for boat­ing

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