The marina was a hive of activity over the weekend with the annual Durban Boat Show. During the course of the last week the area outside the Clubhouse and international moorings were slowly transformed into a boating paradise and by the time the show opened on Friday morning there was a carnival atmosphere.
The Royal Natal Yacht Club was well represented with an exhibition stand on the boardwalk immediately in front of the Clubhouse and the Club’s fleet of Pacer 27’s on the moorings. Although the initial moorings provided by the Durban Marina proved too shallow for the Pacers at low tide alternative arrangements were swiftly made and despite a bit of a squeeze the fleet was accommodated in full view of the show visitors.
The weather throughout the boat show was magnificent and the Pacer fleet soon became one of the main attractions and contributed to the overall success of the show by taking over 100 visitors sailing and allowing them to experience firsthand the wonderful sport of sailing and yachting lifestyle while at the same time showcasing the facilities of the Club.
The look of sheer joy and exhilaration on the faces of those visitors who we entertained onboard the Pacers was most rewarding and there is no doubt we provided a memorable experience for them especially those who took up the invitation to take the helm or operate the mainsheet during the short beam reach across the harbour. This provided a wonderful opportunity for the Club to actively engage with the boat show visitors and we are delighted that a number of new friendships have been established and several new members have be introduced to the Club.
We are extremely grateful to the large contingent of members who generously gave of their time over the weekend manning the exhibition stand and the fleet of boats. All our volunteers were superbly turned out for the occasion in their Club regalia and were wonderful ambassadors for the Club.
While there was an absence of one or two notable local exhibitors this year and while attendance at the Boat Show may have been less than last year it was nonetheless very successful with a significant number of boat sales being recorded and a genuine interest in all aspects of the leisure marine industry expressed, the Club again enjoyed the usual support and patronage from the exhibitors and visitors who kept the bar and kitchen staff busy throughout the weekend.