By Emma Lynch, Strictly Sail Show Coordinator
The newly combined Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show brought nearly 50,000 visitors to McCormick Place Jan 14th-18th to check out the latest in boating equipment and services and learn more about sailing. This is the largest event of its kind in the Midwest, and thanks to our wonderful volunteers, Sail Chicago was well represented among the exhibitors. More than 40 Sail Chicago students and members generously donated their time to staff our booth and share their enthusiasm for sailing with newcomers and veteran sailors alike.
Thank you to everyone who helped us out! Your efforts paid off as we have many new Chicago area residents signed up to learn more about the great instruction and racing programs available through Sail Chicago. We also had many former members stop by the booth to share stories about how they got their start in Sail Chicago and about the positive impact our organization has on the community.
This was a great way to make ourselves known to potential new members, and we look forward to participating again next year! If you have suggestions on how to enhance our presence at this show or other venues in future, please email Emma Lynch. Thanks again for helping us get a head start on our 2015 season!