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Suzuki Main Stage Talks & RYA Coaching Area sessions 

See below for the talks and presentations that were held over the weekend of the 2017 show.  We are working on the 2018 show schedule now.   

10.00 Show Opens

Main Stage (West Hall)




The Launch of Emily's code and a presentation on key boating safety tips         

Clive Grant, RYA Power Boat and Coach Assessor, Army Sailing Association


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


Sailing a Laser around Ireland

Gary ‘Ted’ Sargent

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


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.


Prize Presentations

Green Blue –University Sailing Sustainability Challenge (Saturday only)

RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards (Sunday only)


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.


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.


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.


RYA Club of the Year Awards (Saturday only)

 1630 Treasure Hunt Presentation and Bob the Buoy colouring competition prize giving (both days)


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.

RYA Coaching Area - Panorama Hall                       




Racing Rules

Chris Watts, World Sailing International Judge

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Communications and roles

Members of the British Sailing Team

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


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