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    Speakers & Stages

    Here are some of the talks scheduled for the 2020 show. More to come soon...

    Great Hall Stage                               

    Saturday and Sunday talks

    *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 Racing Director Ian Walker and members of Team GB.  


    Adventures in Nipegegi

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


    Prize Presentations

    The Green Blue University Sailing Sustainability Awards (Saturday 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 Main Stage for the presentation


    Sailing on Film

    Be inspired by incredible footage on the big screen             

    West Hall Stage

     *Talks and timings may be subject to change

    Time Saturday and Sunday
    10.15  Selden Sailjuice Series Prize Giving

    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 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 Jardine, 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.


    Creating the ultimate spectacle

    Duncan Hepplewhite talks about the excitement around slalom racing and the possibilities of keeping everyone of all ages inspired. 

    RYA Knowledge Zone - Panorama Hall

    Talks and timings may be subject to change

    Saturday and Sunday




    Are you a dinghy rope dummy?!

    Come and get a first-class insight into the development of dinghy lines and how they interact with various hardware options. 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, Alex Hopson 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.

    16.00  TBC

    Sailors' Corner - Great Hall

    Saturday & Sunday

    Home to dinghy sailings heroes, all weekend rub shoulders with members of the British Sailing Team and other personalities and champions!


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