Bringing some warmth to the depth of February, on -the-water fans won’t want to miss the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show (26-27 February 2022) presented by Suzuki, which is heading to Farnborough International Exhibition Centre for the first time this winter.
Alongside the much-loved dinghy sailing features, this year the show is expanding to also showcase windsurfing, wingsurfing & foiling, paddleboarding and more!
With hands-on ‘have a go’ experiences, demos from the legends, world class talks and exhibitors with everything you need to get afloat, it’s the perfect place to get prepared for your 2022 on the water!
“The new venue and growth in participation of all watersports has presented us with an opportunity to bring the industry together to offer an even bigger show, with more adventures and activities for the cost of a ticket” RYA Shows and Promotions Manager Celia Edgington explains.
What’s on for 2022?
As well as the new additions, the show will be full to the brim with much-loved dinghy and watersports displays and over 100 exhibitors including class associations, boat builders, holiday companies and some of the biggest names in marine retail. Exhibitors signed up so far include RS Sailing, Rooster, Musto, Harken and the RNLI.
World class speakers, coaches and medallists will provide expert advice on the Suzuki Main Stage and Knowledge Zone hosted by Hannah Diamond and instructor and presenter Lee Timothy.
On the main stage…
Kicking off the talks, British Sailing Team Meteorologist, Simon Rowell will be sharing his expertise and essential top tips for forecasting afloat whether you’re sailor, windsurfer or paddler (11:00 Weather forecasting afloat).
Next up we’ll hear insights from some of the fastest sailors in the world including gold medallists Dylan Fletcher and Eilidh McIntyre plus sailors from SailGP. Stay updated on upcoming events, classes, technology, and ambitions for 2022 (Close to the action, 11:45).
Fans of paddleboarding won’t want to miss The Long Paddle (14:15) with Brendon Prince. Brendon paddled his way into record books in 2021 after completing his circumnavigation of Mainland Britain and will be revealing the highs and lows of the world’s longest SUP journey which raised funds and awareness for on the water safety.
The Knowledge Zone
Fancy taking a masterclass with some of the UK’s top crews? Eilidh McIntyre (Saturday) is joined by the Ian Walker and others to share their top tips and advice for successful crewing (Crewing Masterclass, 12:45)
Meanwhile good communication at the start line is essential to achieve the perfect race start. British Sailing Team coach Johnny McGovern will be giving his advice to help you to get ahead. (Start line communication, 12:00)
If you’re planning more on water-adventures this year you’ll want to watch RS’s Jake Elsbury who is covering everything from launching to anchoring to make your next cruising trip plain sailing. (Tips for adventurers, 15:00)
And brand new for 2022 is the Watersports Stage which will be home to the sport’s most respected personalities with the knowledge to help you improve whether you want to go faster, further or try something new!
Don’t miss talks on how to get started in windsurfing, wingsurfing and foiling, advice on the best winging kit to use in different conditions, transitioning from windsurfing to wingfoiling and how to crack the perfect carve gybe all hosted on the Watersports Stage by windsurfing legend Peter Hart.
Don’t miss it
The RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show will host over 100 exhibitors including class associations, boat builders, holiday companies and some of the biggest names in marine retail. Exhibitors signed up so far include RS Sailing, Rooster, Musto, Harken and the RNLI.
There’s also plenty to inspire and entertain all ages including sailing, windsurfing and winging simulators, activity pool and plenty of competitions. Best of all kids go FREE all weekend!
Get your tickets here