Sailing Display in the Station Mall.
To find new ways of promoting activities the
of Algoma Sailing Club has for the first time has included "Mall Sailing". A
display area was set up within the Station Mall complete with boats,
computers, books, and multimedia presentations.
A few years ago the club had fun setting up a
Tall Ship Display
when 3 tall ships had docked visiting our town, and the Club repeated itself
and had a great time meeting and conversing with the public.
But this years display had threefold objective
to achieve and to promote;
The Club, for new members (associate and
The upcoming CanSail (BOOM) Sailing
The North Channel Race Week.
The Sailing Display area was set up inside the
Station Mall for Friday April 15, Saturday April 16, and Sunday April 17,
Within the display area setup, were the
following and you can view more when clicking on the photos on the right;
3 Sailboats, one even with its mast up,
and each boat had facts sheets covering the technical info of each and a
continuous replaying movie of sailing of that type of boat for the
Sandpiper 565, 470 dingy, and Laser dingy.
3 sailing Simulator computers all
networked together running
Vehicle Simulator software from Quality Simulations. This allowed
group virtual racing, even with different types of boats (keel and
dingy) and even basic sailing lessons were introduced all on the
computer live. If one damaged or sunk their craft a new could be
generated instantly. The software designer Ilan Papini, graciously
donated two free licences for our mall display.
On the main display table were many
Sailing Magazines and Sailing Books to interest folks into sailing.
A free GPS Chart Plotting software called
Sea Clear displayed the USA
NOAA marine charts and with a plug in usb GPS puck to input
co-ordinates. Many times the public were interested in locations near
their camps and were shown the water depths.
In promoting our club, 3 movies and 2
slide show presentations set up in various locations, such as the
Club History, Sail to
Richards Landing, and the
Shaw TV's Club
The North Channel Race Week information
and Gerry's slide show was highlighted at one table with registrations
forms and maps.
The CanSail (Boom) movie and slideshow had
some fast action and registration signups were on hand for the Sailing
Lessons. The BOOM promoters Norman and April chatted excitably about
Boom to everyone who stopped by their table. They also want to say that
the Boom Registration Seats
are going fast, so if your interested in sailing don't delay, better
Overall, it was a fun time for those who
attended and Neil would like to say "THANK YOU" to everyone who came out to
oversee the display tables, helped with the daily setup and takedown, those
who loaned us equipment, and boats.
Click on any picture to enlarge.
Tony had been looking at locations to set up a
display and when a late minute cancellation at the Station Mall opened up,
he contacted Neil and they organized the Mall Display. Tony measured the
Mall doors to ensure that boats would be able through and then contacted
boat owners to loan boast for the weekend. Neil scrambled to find movies and
sailing software and then the call went out to members to help overseeing
the display tables and for extra TV, monitors, and computers