Paddleboards prove a hit at Scotland’s Boat show
A 12’6 Red Paddle Co
Voyager paddleboard on display attracted a lot of visitors to the Sailingfast
stand at the 33rd Annual Scotland Boat show at the weekend.
Thousands of people spent the weekend at the country’s
premier boat show at Kip Marina in Inverclyde at the weekend.
Sailingfast and sister company Paddlefast were among the exhibitors in the Royal Yacht Association (RYA) Scotland Marine Pavilion at the three-day show. They caught the attention of visitors with the display of two Red Paddle Co paddleboards. The 12’6 Voyager board and 10’8 Ride board from the 2020 range were available for sale.
director of Sailingfast based in Central Scotland explains:
“Despite the typical Scottish weather, we’ve had another
successful year at the show. This was our third year taking part and with the
growing interest in paddleboarding, it was the perfect platform to showcase some
of the 2020 paddleboards. Given their size, they were quite the attention
“Most people who visited us on the stand were asking about
the paddleboards. They were interested in what they were and how they might
give paddleboarding a try if they hadn’t already.
“It was really encouraging to hear that some people had seen
our social media activity and knew about the special offers available and the
fact we have the new 2020 paddleboards in stock already.”
could benefit from a special container offer when signing up for a WASZP to be
delivered in early spring, saving massively on the shipping costs. The deal is
still running for orders placed by the end of October.
Additionally, as the retailer for Topper and Laser Performance in Scotland, Sailingfast is well positioned to provide advice on dinghies to sail.
Duncan comments: “We have an excellent understanding
and experience of the various dinghies available in both ranges. So, we were
able to provide advice to those interested in a dinghy to sail in terms of what
will or won’t suit someone’s local sailing area and their crew set up – be it
with kids or single handed for example.”
total, about 50 visitors to the stand entered the prize draw and the winner received
a Zhik z-cru jacket and other sailing goodies.
While on the stand, Duncan’s wife and business partner, Emma Hepplewhite spoke to people about the buzz she got when she tried foiling recently and her plans to do it again soon:
say foiling is the future of sailing – it’s fast, exciting to sail and makes
for edge of your seat viewing. There’s a reason the America’s Cup teams are
doing it, and the Sail GP guys are using the WASZPs for training in the various
ports on the tour. The WASZP is a one design foiling dinghy which means it
hasn’t been retro fitted for foiling, as is the case with a couple of other
classes. And the latest carbon foils are also affordable.
“Scotland’s Boat Show is a key event for both of our
businesses each year, raising the profile of sailing and paddleboarding and
making it more accessible to everyone in Scotland. With 2020 being Scotland’s
Year of Coasts and Waters, we are looking forward to an even more exciting and
memorable event next year.”
About Sailingfast and
Sailingfast was established in 2002 and the business expanded and launched Paddlefast. The business is owned and run by husband and wife team, Emma and Duncan Hepplewhite.
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