From launches and workshops, to hands on activities and special offers, the RYA has a whole host of events and activities taking place throughout the PSP Southampton Boat Show (13 -22 September) for visitors to enjoy.                               

What’s on?

RYA Active Marina Experience

Back by popular demand is the RYA Active Marina Experience in partnership with WHICH? MARINA? 

From berthing and boat handling to engine maintenance and VHF, the free on-the-water and shore based workshops will provide visitors with the opportunity to refresh their boating skills and gain some real hands-on experience throughout the show.  

A limited number of on-water workshops are now available to book in advance on the RYA Active Marina website. You can also book by visiting the ‘Try-a-Boat’ booking point on stand A140, when you arrive at the show.   

Check out the full schedule of workshops

New publications, prize draws and discounts

At 15.00 on Saturday 14 September, join the RYA Publications team on the RYA stand (EO37) to celebrate the launch of the new RYA Rigging Handbook.

Find out about the essentials of rigging, learn more about what you can expect from the book, while destroying a few rigging myths as well with the books author, Allan Barwell.

Purchase a copy of the new title and not only can Allan sign your copy you’ll be automatically entered into a free prize draw to win a one week flotilla sailing holiday for two people on a 27ft Jaguar around the Greek Islands, including flights from Gatwick, transfers and your yacht, courtesy of Sailing Holidays Ltd.

We’ll also be offering an additional 10% discount on selected titles to support the Active Marina shorebased workshops, in addition to the standard 20% RYA Members’ discount to anyone who attends a workshop.  Simply mention your attendance when making your purchase.  We will also be offering a 75% discount on all RYA regalia which can be brought on the RYA stand.

Get your pin badge

Throughout the show, anyone who presents their RYA Yachtmaster certificate at the RYA stand will be presented with a complimentary RYA Yachtmaster Award Pin and if you’re an RYA Gold Instructor member come along to the stand to pick up your special complimentary RYA Gold Instructor member pin badge, which are available for the first time at the show.  

Fantastic membership offers

Come along to the RYA Stand (EO37) throughout the show and you can make great savings on Family and Personal membership.  Save £20 on an RYA Family membership and £10 on Personal membership (when paying by direct debit). 

So for just £30 (personal membership) or £40 (family membership) a year you can take advantage of the great offers and benefits RYA membership affords you.   

If you’re an existing RYA member and you renew your membership during the show you’ll receive a special renewal gift, just to say thanks for your support.  (The number of special renewal gifts available will be limited each day.)  

So come along to the stand and speak to our friendly membership team to find out more about how RYA membership can benefit you.

The Killcord challenge; how well do you know yours?

This important piece of kit will be the focus of an interactive area on the RYA stand where you will be able to find out about the different types of kill cords and switches used and talk to an RYA Instructor about safety on the water.  Bring your kill cord a long for a health check and see whether it’s still up to the job!  

While you are on the stand let us know your views on using kill cords and you could be in with the chance of winning a Spinlock Deckvest LITE lifejacket or Gill voucher worth £100.  

Plus, RYA Instructors will be talking daily at 12.00pm and 1.00pm about kill cords, what safety equipment to carry on board and the right clothing to wear in the show’s Safety Zone in Solent Park (C067).  

Used correctly a kill cord will stop the engine if the driver becomes dislodged from the helm position. Be safe; enjoy more.  


We’ll also be unveiling a whole host of winners at the show.  

On Sunday 15 September the RYA Honda Youth RIB Championship final blasts off as youngsters from across the country go head to head against the clock in a bid to claim the championship title.   

Watch all the action out in the marina and come and see the champions crowned at the winner’s ceremony on the Honda stand (CO75).  Join us at 16.30 for the 2013 Championship prize giving and again at 18.00 as we crown the first ever Champion of Clubs winner.  

We’ll also be showcasing the first ever RYA ilovesailing calendar for 2014, which is also available for visitors to purchase on the stand.  Our photo competition winners will be joining us on Saturday 14 September (14.00 RYA stand EO37) to collect their prizes. 

Why not come along and check out the winning entries for yourself.  

For our younger visitors

If you’re aged up to 12 years old then why not come along to the stand on either weekend of the show and take part in our special ‘Bob the Buoy’ colouring competition where you could win yourself an exclusive ‘Bob the Buoy’ t-shirt.  

RYA junior member mascot ‘Bob the Buoy’ will also be making a special appearance at the show on both weekends.  See if you can spot him around the show or on the stand, say hello or perhaps have your photo taken with him!  

On the stand and in the lounge

Alongside all the events and activities taking place throughout the week, visit the RYA stand (EO37) and you’ll find all the information, videos and advice you need on finding a club, training centre or course; as well as details on how to get started to improving your skills.  

Along with our expert staff, who will be happy to answer any of your questions, we will also be joined by a whole host of RYA senior managers throughout the week for you to speak to.  

If you want to find some time to relax then don’t forget to visit the RYA members lounge (for RYA members and up to three non-member guests). 

Enjoy a drink and a sandwich, catch up with old friends and keep a look out for our special RYA member ‘thank you’s’ that will be offered at various times throughout the week!  

We look forward to seeing you at the show.  

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