Wondered when you'd chip in on this thread, Alan!
After all the bull I was given by the RIBEX organiser when I asked him what benefits there were in an on-the-water-only show for all the folk like me who have boats they have no intention of changing but want to know what there is in the way of bells and whistles that can be added, it sure makes me larf.
As you said a while back, this time Hugo has really shot himself in the foot. Unfortunately that lack of good business judgement now means there's no show for one and all.
Let's hope that some mover and shaker like Stuart THE WAVEHUMPER can get an alternative up and running. Go for it, Stuart!