Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas talks 'Getting a good start'

New RYA Dinghy Show video interviews

Over the next nine months the RYA will be issuing a series of video interviews from the RYA Dinghy Show 2013 giving you the opportunity to catch up on all the useful and insightful information shared at the show by the guest speakers and visiting sailors.  

“Over 8,200 people visited the RYA Dinghy Show this year but we appreciate that some people just can’t make it to the show so we decided to get interviews with the speakers and sailors so that everyone had the chance to hear all the useful information and knowledge they had to impart,” explained RYA Dinghy Show manager, Helen Waterhouse.  

Each month a new video will focus on one of the main stage talks or coaching area sessions with the presenters answering questions relating to their talks and will be available to view on the RYA Dinghy Show website - and Facebook page -     

First in the series

The series kicks off with British Sailing Team sailor Nick Thompson chatting with Paralympic Gold medallist Helena Lucas about getting a good start, based around their main stage talk on the same topic.  

Hear from Helena about why it’s important to make a good start and how a good start helped her in her Paralympic success.  She also looks at how easy it is to maintain the lead after a good start and how it’s still possible to clinch a win from a bad start.  Hear about Helena’s most memorable start and who she considers some of the best starters on the racing circuit.  

Future release


May   British Sailing Team laser sailor Nick Thompson shares his top tips on getting a good start  
June   We hear from 2012 Olympic silver medallist Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield, double Olympic silver medallist, on their new partnership campaigning for Rio 2016  
July   Nick Thompson explains how you can get more from your Laser  
August   Dinghy cruiser Ralph Roberts talks about the joys of dinghy cruising and things you need to consider when choosing a good cruising dinghy and making preparations for your trip  
September   The RYA’s Sport Development Manager Jon White and Jayne Morris from Club of the Year finalists’ Salcombe YC, chat about the Club of the Year competition  
October   Dinghy historian David Henshall takes you through the 50 year history of the Mirror dinghy  
November   RYA Physio Matt McGovern provides a few quick exercises you can do at home during the winter months to keep you sailing fit  

Duncan Truswell, RYA Youth Development manager, sheds some light on the RYA’s youth and junior racing programmes  

The RYA Dinghy Show 2014 takes place at Alexandra Palace, London over the weekend of 01-02 March. 

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Article Published: April 29, 2013 11:16

Article Updated: March 31, 2016 9:37


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