Since our last sailing group fell apart, my helm and I ( and our parents 🙂 ) were trying to figure out where we would train and sail the next season. After we reviewed multiple clubs and were disappointed by their offers, we got in contact with others searching for a group. So we decided to have the same trainer, some “old” teams and some “new” teams, which resulted in “Northwest 29er”.
The only problem we faced until last weekend was, that some of us didn’t know each other really well. Any ways, we wanted some team clothes, especially team jackets, because we would appear much more like a group by only wearing similar jackets on international events planned for the next season as for example the Europeans in Denmark or our first competition next season at lake Garda.
As well as we need branded clothes, we tried to build new connections to some companies and hoped for gaining sponsorships. The trainer, the transport and the trainer’s boat all cost lots of money and we are thankful for every way this amount of money can be reduced.
Luckily my sister had a training session that weekend near the exhibition and my parents planned to go their anyway so I didn’t have to go there by train but I was driven by my parents, wich was nice.
Actually, we scheduled to meet the first time on Saturday but only a few members of our group were able to be there that day and communication went kinda wrong so I ended up alone with my helm. We walked through all the big halls and saw lots of impressing products shown by all kinds of sellers or producers. They had huge motor yachts and sailing boats, as well as clothes, accessories, surfing boards and more. But what actually took our breathes away was an attraction called “The Wave”. It was a vast artificial wave which moved 20,000 litres – per second as they stated.
On Sunday we finally met almost the whole group, only three persons were missing. At 11:00 we started our “hunt” for sponsorships. An advantage we gained the day before was, that my helm and I already checked out, which places were the most promising. It didn’t take us long to have interesting conversations with sellers, that we are really into now.
At 2:45 pm I already had to leave our group because me and my parents had to pick up my sister from her training. All in all, we had lots of fun last weekend and we learned so much by talking to such interesting persons. And last but not least we probably found a few convincing partners for our group’s future.
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