From exclusive boat launches to a first look at cutting-edge kit, the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show is the only place to learn new techniques, discover new boats and pick up the latest equipment ahead of the new season.

The RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts and Yachting, is held at the magnificent Alexandra Palace in London from 05-06 March 2016. From boat retailers to class associations, sailmakers and clothing specialists, with more than 150 exhibitors present there will be something for every sailing fanatic.

Packed schedule

Alongside a packed schedule featuring dozens of talks and coaching seminars, you’ll find everything you need to kick start your sailing season. Our schedule of seminars, talks and workshops in the coaching area will help you get ahead, whether on the race course or just cruising along the coast.

With experts delivering sessions on rig tuning and racing rules, there is something for every sailor, from beginner to expert.

There will also be members of the British Sailing Team on hand to share their experiences. Taking over part of the West Corridor, you will be able to find out more about the British Sailing Team’s Olympic heritage and speak to members of the team in person as they enter the final months of preparation.

If you head over to the Suzuki Main Stage on Saturday afternoon, you can hear more as sailors discuss at length their progress on the Road to Rio. From training regimes to diet plans and pre-race routines, you can get the inside scoop on everything Rio-related from the sailors themselves.

Following its successful debut last year, the 2016 RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show will see the return of the Cruising Corridor. For anyone wanting inspiration for their next trip, visit the Cruising Corridor for the latest boats, equipment and advice from cruising experts.

One of 2015’s most popular talks will also be returning to the show. Roger Barnes, President of the Dinghy Cruising Association, will be taking to the RYA Suzuki main Stage to offer his top tips on the layout and equipment needed to stay overnight aboard a dinghy.

A huge hit with young visitors last year, the Treasure Hunt will be returning better than ever in 2016. With a whole range of prizes on offer, the Treasure Hunt will give you the opportunity to explore every nook and cranny of the show in the hunt for clues and, ultimately, prizes.

What's on when...

Suzuki Main Stage

 1000 Show opens  
1030 Patrol boat handling and recovery techniques and debut of new Suzuki Essential tips for those who volunteer for patrol boat duty at sailing clubs. Advice on how to increase confidence, promote good practice and top tips on how to recover some of the more modern foiling classes.
 1115 No pressure!  Tips on how to read the local weather and tides to enable you to make the most of your time on the water.
1200 The Boat Whisperer Steve Cockerill offers hints and tips for improving your racing performance.
1245 Rio 2016 Get the latest on Team GBR's preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
 1315 Prize Draw presentations Prize giving events including the RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards.
1345 Extending the sailing season Top tips on extending the season, with prize presentations for the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series.
 1430 Sleeping on board a dinghy Top tips on layout and equipment needed to stay overnight on your dinghy.
 1515 Land Rover BAR update Review of the Portsmouth event, BAR successes, Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series boat and kit developments.
1600 RYA Club of the Year award (Saturday only)  Treasure Hunt presentation.
 1630 Treasure Hunt presentation  Explore the show in the hunt for prizes.
 1700  70 years of UK dinghy development, 70 years of the Merlin Rocket (Saturday only) The merlin Rocket is the epitome of the very distinctive dinghy racing scene we enjoy in the UK. Many of the developments we enjoy today, from self-bailers to the spinnaker chute, Class organisation to country-wide open meetings, have their roots in the class.

RYA Coaching Area (Panorama Hall)


1000 Rig tuning Top tips on how to set up your rig for various conditions. A hugely popular and informative demonstration using a fully-rigged RS200
1100 Start line tactics Learn how to maximise your race start.
1200 Start Sailing Basic sailing tips for newcomers or as a refresher for returning sailors
 1300 TBC TBC
4500 Racing rules Swot up on the latest rules and how they affect you. This demonstration is delivering using metre-long model boats with coloured sails.
1500 Preparing to win The psychology of dinghy racing, including attitude, control, goal-setting, concentration, building confidence and team work.
 1600 Rig tuning  Top tips on how to set up your rig for various conditions. A hugely popular and informative demonstration using a fully-rigged RS200


Advance tickets are available at a reduced rate of £10 to RYA members and £12.50 to non-RYA members. RYA Affiliated Clubs are encouraged to make a day of it and travel en masse, and if you make a group booking in advance of 10 or more people, affiliates can benefit from the RYA members price of £10 per person.

All advance tickets will be available until midnight on Friday, 4 March 2016. A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to each transaction. Tickets will also be available on the door for £16 each and each adult ticket entitles you to bring up to two children free of charge.

You can buy tickets online or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069 (calls are charged at 7p per minute, plus network extras).

Two tickets for the price of one!

Don't forget to activate your show ticket or exhibitor pass at the Sailing World Cup stand in the Panorama Hall and this will give you free access to the spectator’s area at the Sailing World Cup at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on Saturday 11 June.

The RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show will offer the perfect chance to kick start your sailing season in 2016, so make sure you get your tickets today.  

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