The RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts and Yachting, is the only exhibition in the world dedicated to exclusively to dinghies! Held at Alexandra Palace London, on the weekend of 04-05 March there’s no better place to prepare for the season ahead and celebrate the sport with fellow sailors, friends and the industry.

As well as the hundreds of exhibitors showcasing everything you need to get out on the water, the show will once again feature a packed schedule of talks and coaching sessions from world-class sailors so you’ll leave the show a better sailor whether you’re a cruiser or a racer.

This year we also welcome brand new comperes, Olympic and Paralympic medal winners Mark Covell and Helena Lucas who will be hosting the Suzuki Mainstage and the RYA Coaching Area throughout the weekend.

Suzuki Main Stage

Time

Talk

10:30

Patrol boat handling and recovery techniques.

Clive Grant- RYA Powerboat and Coach Assessor, Army Sailing Association.

Essential tips for those that volunteer for patrol boat duty at sailing clubs. This talk is aimed at increasing confidence, promoting good practice and tips including how to recover some of the more modern foiling classes.

11:15

Reading the weather

Simon Rowell-British Sailing Team Meteorologist  

This talk will give you great tips on how to read the local weather and tides to enable you to make the most of your time on the water.

12:00

Sailing a Laser round Ireland

Gary ‘Ted’ Sargent

Hear all about Gary’s epic charity cruise ‘One Wild Ride’ around Ireland in a Laser.

12:45

Trials and Tribulations- the 21 days that developed dinghy sailing 

David Henshall, Sailing historian and author

How did the wide range of dinghies on display at the show come about? David will be taking us back in time to discover how some of the most iconic dinghies were created.

13:30

Prize Presentations

Green Blue –University Sailing Sustainability Challenge (Saturday only)

RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards (Sunday only)

13:45

Fleet Cruising

Commodore and Vice Commodore of Cody Sailing Club

Find out more about cruising in a fleet which is a popular alternative to fleet racing. Dinghy cruising can be a fantastic way to build confidence whilst sailing with others in a wide variety of locations and conditions.

14:30

Foiling Fundamentals

Alan Hillman and 2016 European Moth Champion Mike Lennon

Design innovators and top sailors Alan and Mike will be joining forces to share the secrets of foiling, give tips on how to get involved and provide an insight to where it’s heading.

15:15

Performance Sailing Update

An insight into the major sailing events happening this year including America’s Cup plus Annie Lush from the Magenta Project gives an insight into the drive to get more woman into performance sailing.

16:00

RYA Club of the Year Awards (Saturday only)

17:00

Winning the Endeavour Trophy (Saturday only)

British Sailing Team’s Ben Saxton

For one day only, Ben Saxton will be on stage to recount what it takes to win the Endeavour Trophy and give details of his current challenge – sailing the foiling Nacra17

Coaching Area

Time

Talk

11:00

Racing Rules

Chris Watts, World Sailing International Judge

Swot up on the new Racing Rules and how they could affect you.

12:00

Rig Tuning

Michael McNamara, Managing Director of McNamara Sails

Sailors of all levels can benefit from this talk, which will demonstrate how to set up your rig for various conditions, using a fully rigged RS200.

13:00

Posture and Hiking

Steve Cockerill, Rooster Sailing

Multi-championship winner, Steve Cockerill, will give you advice and tips on how to take the strain out of your back and knees whilst maximising leverage.

14:00

Sailing basics

Susie Moore, RYA Regional Development Officer

Simple tips on how to get started in sailing, plus a refresher for those returning to the sport.

15:00

Boat fit boot camp

This talk is designed to give sailors of all levels basic fitness advice and warm-up exercises that can be done at home or before going out on the water.

16:00

Communications and roles

British Sailing Team members

Expert advice on how to maximise communication and teamwork to get ahead on the racecourse.

*Details correct at the time of going to press and maybe subject to change

Beat the queues and buy your tickets

Advance tickets are available at a special discount rate of £10.00 for RYA members and £12.50 for non-members. RYA affiliated clubs can also take advantage of a special ticket price of £10 when booking ten tickets or more. Don’t forget two children go free with each paying adult as well.

To find out what’s in store at this years’ show and to buy your tickets visit www.dinghyshow.org.uk  or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069

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