reading Mike's comments, was the Club happy....
You could read it as 9 visiting Clubs travelling as far as Parkstone and Windermere as a real positive, in fact the most number of visiting Clubs for any event hosted so far, but a total of 14 boats for a Southern Championships was desperately disappointing. (Add in no home fleet to bolster numbers, and the figure would be the same as other Championships). Did it stop those attending have a good time on and of the water no!!!.
Everything was laid on, from free coffee & bacon rolls, to free sponsors polo tops, to free beer off the water, supper at the Club, and a high tea at prize giving,
The actual quality of the fleet that attended was top drawer, indeed most would achieve top 20 in the Nationals, and we had past and present National, European and World Champions present.
maybe it was the venue? ...comments such as can't get a beat in a certain wind direction come to light...oh, what a lack of knowledge of the venue is a dangerous thing! or I don't like sailing on rivers.....interesting thought, but surely that depends on the size of 'said' river!
Distance from a home Club can be a factor, but that does lead to sailing amongst your own fleet, and that does not lead to a long term good health of the Class, it does not take long before the natural pecking order to happen at Club level, and the natural drift there after. Sailing should be fun, and sailing against different people is another great park of the 'chess' game.
The Northern's at Windermere was a great event, despite the very obvious lack of named travellers, the racing was tight, interesting and fun, both on and off the water.
So the answer, and it's not rocket science.....as a class we must and have to put more in to get more out, those hosting (and the Club volunteers themselves) Open meetings/Championships put a not inconsiderable time into arranging the events, and ignore windguru, which has to be the biggest killer of many w/e sailing...and how often do we hear, didn't turn out as forecast!
In short, will Burnham host another event, yes, as I and the Club know the venue works both on the water and off socially (there's a reason the Endeavour Trophy (the national championship winners of every dinghy class Event) is hosted here every year, and the Dragons regularly hosted Championships too.
So for 2016 make it a year for trying something different, and support those who support you!