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