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According to in-depth research into the finances of the 92 league clubs by accountants PKF, clubs of all sizes are having to trim sails, even though season ticket sales in the West Midlands at least have continued to rise.
While some of us relaxed over a drink from the bar and nibbled on fresh fruit, others seized the chance to try their hand at being sailors, helping the captain and crew to trim sails or take the helm.
The agility to climb the rigging in raging storms, trim sails and undertake other dangerous tasks, was essential.