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    Speakers & Stages

    Here are the talks that took place at the 2020 show at the end of February. We are now planning the virtual 2021 show and will announce talks and features as soon as they become available.

    Great Hall Stage                               

    See list of talk that took place at the 2020 show below.                                   

    *Talks and timings may be subject to change                    


    Sarah Ayton and Sam Whaley welcome you to the show


    A world of opportunity - see where dinghy sailing can take you

    Sarah Ayton, Sam Whaley and Hannah Shelmerdine have all been on very different journeys with their dinghy sailing. Hear where the sport has taken them.


    Preparing for Tokyo 2020

    An exclusive insight into the world of the British Sailing Team featuring RYA with Olympic Performance Manager, Mark Robinson and other members of the British Sailing Team.  


    Adventures in Nipegegi

    Record breaking adventurers Will Hodshon and Rich Mitchell share their experiences about successfully circumnavigating non-stop around the coastline of mainland Britain non-stop in a Wayfarer.


    Prize Presentations

    The Green Blue University Sailing Sustainability Awards (Saturday only)

    RYA Musto Regional Youth Awards 2020 (Sunday only)


    Balancing the power of the single-hander

    Historian David Henshall talks about the development of modern single hander rigs that have driven the need for greater power from the hull. Find out more.


    Dinghy sailing for a sustainable future

    From the The Big Plastic Pledge to The Green Blue and The Final Straw, hear how these campaigns are protecting the waters we sail in

    Hannah Mills, Bianca Carr and Kate Fortnam 


    GBR National eSailing Championships - live gaming

    Official launch of the free-to-play online game which provides players with an opportunity to race against friends, fellow sailors and real-world Olympic champions. 


    RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Awards supported by Gallagher (Saturday only)

    Meet our finalists and find out which club will be crowned Club of the Year 2020


    Treasure Hunt Presentation 

    If you have taken part in the Treasure Hunt, don't miss your chance to win some fantastic prizesYou have to be in the audience to win so make sure you are at the Great Hall Stage for the presentation


    Sailing on Film

    Be inspired by incredible footage on the big screen             

    West Hall Stage

    See list of 2020 talks that took place at the 2020 show below.

    Time Saturday and Sunday
    10.15 Seldén SailJuice Winter Series Prizegiving (Sat only)
    10:50  Annie Lush and Rob Howlett welcome you to the show

    Learning from the Class Association Members' Satisfaction Survey

    Victoria Lenz shares the latest RYA research on what's important to Class Association members and how it can used to benefit your class.


    Inspiring a love for the sport

    Hear from inspiring young sailors including British Sailing Team's Eilidh McIntryre and Kirstie Urwin talk about their experiences growing up in the sport. From lifestyle and confidence to responsibility and determination, find out what sailing can bring for youngsters and how to get involved.


    Fundamentals of boat speed

    Calling junior and youth sailors! Jonny McGovern uses a 420 dinghy to show you how to get more speed out of your double-handed boat.


    Maximising media coverage for your event, however big or small

    Mark and RYA Video Producer James Eaves give top tips on how to promote your sailing event and get maximum engagement. 


    Stick's circumnavigation of Britain - the wrong way round!

    Laser Sailor, Neil Peters, more famously known as Stick Daring tells about his incredible journey around the UK mainland in his 13ft one man Laser dinghy.


    Dinghy sailing into the next decade

    Leading coach and owner of SailingFast Duncan Hepplewhite on how Dinghy Sailing may evolve in the next decade and how to attract young people.

    RYA Knowledge Zone - Panorama Hall

    See list of 2020 talks that took place at the 2020 show below.

    Saturday and Sunday




    More grip, less friction

    Come and get a first-class insight into the development of dinghy lines and how they interact with various hardware options. David Mossman from Marlow Ropes explain how to maximise performance and retain strength in your ropes with an introduction to splicing and helpful tips on looking after your lines.


    Talking Tactics with Mark Rushall

    Whether you’re looking to understand wind shifts better, start fast, use a race compass, or get round the marks first, this talk will get you there


    Get race fit with the British Sailing Team

    Focusing on strength and fitness, all ages are welcome to join us for a fitness session with 'Trainer to the Team', Liam Mitchell who will get you race ready. 


    Forecasting for success

    Simon Rowell, British Sailing Team's Meteorologist gives top tips on how to get a good forecast quickly and apply it to your sailing, whether racing or cruising.


    Rig Tuning with Michael McNamara

    The return of a firm favourite, the ever popular Michael McNamara shows us how to set up your rig and make the most of your boat in all conditions.


    Communication in the boat (Saturday only)

    How to communicate when the pressure is on! Luke Patience and Eilidh McIntyre share their top tips on how to become a winning team.


    eSailing Showcase (Sunday only)

    Take part in a 'Virtual Regatta' at the Knowledge Zone and find out more about the GBR National Championships 

    Sailors' Corner - Great Hall

    See list of 2020 talks that took place at the 2020 show below.

    Meet your sailing heroes, take on the knot tying challenge, get lost in a world of VR and take selfies with the stars.

    10:30 Come and meet Team GB sailors John Gimson and Anna Burnet who have recently been selected for Tokyo 2020 in the Nacra 17 class. 
     13:30 Dylan Fletcher and Stu Bithell, Team GB 49er sailors will be on Sailors' Corner for selfies and poster signing
     15:00 Meet Team GB's 49erFX sailors, Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey who will be on Sailors' Corner to chat, take selfies and knot tying!
     16:00 Come and chat to RYA Director of Racing, Ian Walker about The British Sailing Team, his Olympic experiences, the Volvo Ocean Race andmore 

    13:15 Come and say hello to Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre, Team GB's 470 sailors
    14:00 Come and meet Team GB sailors, Luke Patience,Chris Grube, John Gimson and Anna Burnet who will all be heading to Tokyo this summer.
    15:00 Meet Team GB's 49erFX sailors, Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey who will be on Sailors' Corner to chat, take selfies and knot tying! 

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