Welcome to the RYA 2024 Dinghy and Watersports show supported by Sunsail 

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Farnborough International | 24 - 25 February 2024

2024 schedule

Our three stages will be packed with adventure, masterclasses and all the specialist advice you need to help you progress - whatever your level and however you like to get afloat.

Hear all the latest updates, specialist advice, inspirational stories and Q&As with some of our best-known sailors, windsurfers, and watersports professionals. Learn more about our speakers and hosts.

Or find out what’s on across the Main Stage, Knowledge Zone and Watersports Stage below.

*All talks and timings may be subject to change 

 

 

Saturday

Time

Talk


10:00 - 10:15

Welcome with show hosts

Including Eilidh McIntyre, Lee Timothy, Peter Hart and James Hardy

Main Stage


10:15 - 11:00

Seldén SailJuice Winter Series prize giving

Main Stage


10:30 - 11:00

Wing and windsurfing for instructors

RYA Chief Instructor, Dinghy, Windsurfing & Wing talks to Tris Best from the Official Test Centre about the new release of the Wing and Windsurfing for Instructors book giving essential guidance on delivering the RYA windsurfing and wing schemes.

Knowledge Zone


10:45 - 11:00

Welcome from stage hosts

Windsurfing legend and British speed and slalom champion Peter Hart, RYA Instructor Trainer and Pathway Coach James Hardy welcome you to the Watersports Stage.

Watersports Stage


11:00 - 11:45

Saving lives at sea for 200 years

Join RNLI lifeboat volunteers as they give an insight into saving lives over the last 200 years, what it’s like to be on crew, and ways you can support the RNLI. 

Main Stage


11:00 - 11:45

Let’s talk tactics

Mark Rushall shares his expertise on all things tactics from understanding wind shifts, faster racing starts, using a race compass, and getting round the marks first.

Knowledge Zone


11:00 - 11:45

Wings and foils

James Hardy and Mia Adcock give their specialist advice on choosing your first wings and foils, the latest in foil and wing design, and tuning for performance.

Watersports Stage


11:45 - 12:30

Sailing the shallows

Dinghy cruising legend, Roger Barnes, returns this year to share his tales on cruising the coast in a small boat.

Main Stage


11:45 - 12:30

In Tune – the hull, the rig, the sailor

Michael McNamara returns, sharing his expert rigging knowledge to set you up for success.

Knowledge Zone


11:45 - 12:30

Windsurfing kit - no more confusion!

For all windsurfers, experienced, new, or returning to the sport, Peter Hart explains the various categories and disciplines, and how to choose the right kit. 

Watersports Stage


12:30 - 13:15

Future foiling stars

Athena Pathway’s Penny Clark alongside, Hattie Rogers, Noah Fitzgerald, and James Crossley talk about their mission to build long-term avenues into high performance foiling pathway. Also covering the British team’s run up to the Youth and inaugural Women’s America’s Cup this autumn in Barcelona. 

Main Stage


12:30 - 13:15

Crewing masterclass

Find out what makes a winning pairing with top tips from Olympic gold medallist Eilidh McIntyre, RS 500 champion Sarah Cockerill, and Olympic 49er crew member Fynn Sterritt. 

Knowledge Zone


12:30 - 13:15

She Flies

Mia Adcock and Rachel Dobrijevic talk about the successful winging group ‘She Flies’ inspiring women to start their own journey to take flight. Find out how you can get involved. 

Watersports Stage


13:15 - 13:30

The Green Blue University Sailing Sustainability Awards

Join The Green Blue to celebrate University Sailing Clubs from across the UK for implementing environmental best practice, achieving a more sustainable future.

Main Stage


13:15 - 14:00

Revitalise your club racing

Would you like more sailors in your fleet? We talk to sailors from clubs around the UK about making club racing more inviting.

Knowledge Zone


13:15 - 14:00

Essential tips for paddleboarders

Holly Bassett gives her expert advice including essential kit and techniques for paddling in all conditions and locations.

Watersports Stage


13:30 - 14:15

Forecasting to get ahead

British Sailing Teams’ meteorologist Simon Rowell offers his weather forecasting tips to help you prepare for your time on the water.

Main Stage


14:00 - 14:45

Get race fit

Join the British Sailing Team’s physio, “H” Draper’s interactive session for tips to get fit and prevent injury this season.

Knowledge Zone


14:00 - 14:45

Windsurfing technique masterclass

Peter Hart discusses the classic stumbling blocks in windsurfing and how to overcome them, inviting you to share your technique issues.

Watersports Stage


14:15 - 15:00

The amazing adventures of Stick Daring

Neil Peters, alter ego Stick Daring, dared to conquer the unpredictable waters of Britain anti-clockwise aboard his £50 Laser dinghy. Relive his journey through vivid narratives and captivating images. 

Main Stage


14:45 - 15:30

Youth and junior season starter

Unmissable tips from Feva and 420 coach, Jake Elsbury, and Optimist Lead Coach, Josh Atherton, preparing you for the season ahead. 

Knowledge Zone


14:45 - 15:30

Windfoiling workshop

James Hardy talks to British Sailing Squad iQFOiL sailors Catrin Williams and Alice Read on all things windfoiling – get your questions ready.

Watersports Stage


15:00 - 15:30

Going for gold

RYA Performance Director, Mark Robinson, and 49er crew, Fynn Sterritt, who’s set to make his Games debut on the waters of Marseille this summer, will be talking Olympic preparations with show host and Tokyo gold medallist Eilidh McIntyre. They will also welcome Dani Fusco-House and Rachael Potter who, as previously non-sailing athletes, are finding out what it takes to make it in the fast-paced world of 49erFX crewing as part of the British Sailing Squad’s Crew4Gold talent ID scheme launched last year. 

Main Stage


15:30 - 16:00

Racing without limits

From the Combined Worlds to SailGP, hear from para sailors Rory McKinna, Adam Billany, Jazz Turner and Max Rumball as they prove why there are no barriers to sailing adventures. 

Main Stage


15:30 - 16:15

ILCA downwind speed tips

British Sailing Team ILCA expert, Sam Whaley, offers his expertise on how to make your boat go faster in all conditions.

Knowledge Zone


15:30 - 16:15

Level up your winging

UK Wingfoil Slalom National Champion, Hugo Dobrijevic joins James and Mia. Together they’ll discuss common mistakes, how to achieve your first flights, progressing from beginner level to advanced, and transforming your gybes, tacks, and jumps.

Watersports Stage


16:00 - 16:30

RYA Club of the Year Awards supported by Gallagher

Meet our finalists and find out which club will be crowned Club of the Year 2024.

Main Stage


16:15 - 17:00

Catamaran sailing top tips

If you’re a catamaran sailor, then this is the talk for you. Former British Sailing Team member Tom Phipps offers tips on rigging, racing, and getting the most from your cat.

Knowledge Zone


16:30 - 17:00

Treasure Hunt presentation

Join us at the Main Stage to see if your name is drawn out of the hat for the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

Main Stage


16:30 - 17:00

Wingfoil racing

Hugo Dobrijevic shines a light on the world of wingfoil racing, how to get started and how to prepare for Championship success.

Watersports Stage


17:00

Film

Relax, take a break, and watch a selection of highlights from the last 12 months with tips from sailing legends on the big screen. 

Main Stage

 

Sunday

Time

Talk


10:00 - 10:15

Welcome with show hosts

Including Eilidh McIntyre, Lee Timothy, Peter Hart and James Hardy

Main Stage


10:30 - 11:00

Catamaran sailing top tips

If you’re a catamaran sailor, then this is the talk for you. Former British Sailing Team member Tom Phipps offers tips on rigging, racing, and getting the most from your cat.

Knowledge Zone


10:45 - 11:00

Welcome from stage hosts

Windsurfing legend and British speed and slalom champion Peter Hart, RYA Instructor Trainer and Pathway Coach James Hardy welcome you to the Watersports Stage.

Watersports Stage


11:00 - 11:45

Saving lives at sea for 200 years

Join RNLI lifeboat volunteers as they give an insight into lifesaving over the last 200 years, talk about what it’s like to be on crew and ways you can support the RNLI.

Main Stage


11:00 - 11:45

Let’s talk tactics

Mark Rushall shares his expertise on all things tactics from understanding wind shifts, faster racing starts, using a race compass, and getting round the marks first.

Knowledge Zone


11:00 - 11:45

Wings and foils

James Hardy and Mia Adcock give their specialist advice on choosing your first wings and foils, the latest in foil and wing design, and tuning for performance.

Watersports Stage


11:45 - 12:15

Sailing the shallows

Dinghy cruising legend, Roger Barnes, returns this year to share his tales on cruising the coast in a small boat.

Main Stage


11:45 - 12:30

In Tune – the hull, the rig, the sailor

Michael McNamara returns, sharing his expert rigging knowledge to set you up for success.

Knowledge Zone


11:45 - 12:30

Windsurfing kit – no more confusion!

For all windsurfers, experienced, new, or returning to the sport, Peter Hart explains the various categories and disciplines, and how to choose the right kit.

Watersports Stage


12:30 - 13:15

Future foiling stars

Athena Pathway’s Hattie Rogers, Noah Fitzgerald, and James Crossley talk about their pathway's into high performance foiling and the British team’s run up to the Youth and inaugural Women’s America’s Cup this autumn in Barcelona. They are joined by WASZP Class Manager Martin Evans and Performance Academy Manager James Parker-Mowbray to discuss Athena’s Foiling Pathway and WASZP Teams.  

Main Stage


12:30 - 13:15

Crewing masterclass

Find out what makes a winning pairing with top tips from Olympic gold medallist Eilidh McIntyre and 2000 class National Champion crew Katie Horsfield.

Knowledge Zone


12:30 - 13:15

She Flies

Mia Adcock and Rachel Dobrijevic talk about the successful winging group ‘She Flies’ inspiring women to start their own journey to take flight. Find out how you can get involved. 

Watersports Stage


13:15 – 13:30

UKWA Windsports Personality of the Year 2023

Award presentation and Q&A with 2023 winner Lucas Meldrum, hosted by Peter Hart and Nik Baker

Main Stage


13:15 - 14:00

Revitalise your club racing

Would you like more sailors in your fleet? We talk to sailors from clubs around the UK about making club racing more inviting.

Knowledge Zone


13:15 - 14:00

Essential tips for paddleboarders

Holly Bassett gives her expert advice including essential kit and techniques for paddling in all conditions and locations.

Watersports Stage


13:30 - 14:15

Forecasting to get ahead

British Sailing Teams’ meteorologist Simon Rowell offers his weather forecasting tips to help you prepare for your time on the water.

Main Stage


14:00 - 14:45

Get race fit

Join the British Sailing Team’s physio, “H” Draper’s interactive session for tips to get fit and prevent injury this season.

Knowledge Zone


14:00 - 14:45

Windsurfing technique masterclass

Peter Hart discusses the classic stumbling blocks in windsurfing and how to overcome them, inviting you to share your technique issues.

Watersports Stage


14:15 - 15:00

The amazing adventures of Stick Daring

Neil Peters, alter ego Stick Daring, dared to conquer the unpredictable waters of Britain anti-clockwise aboard his £50 Laser dinghy. Relive his journey through vivid narratives and captivating images. 

Main Stage


14:45 - 15:30

Youth and junior season starter

Unmissable tips from Feva and 420 Coach, Jake Elsbury, and Optimist Lead Coach, Josh Atherton, to prepare you for the season ahead. 

Knowledge Zone


14:45 - 15:30

Windfoiling workshop

James Hardy talks to British Sailing Squad iQFOiL sailors Catrin Williams, Jennie Roberts, Charlie Dixon and Alice Read on all things windfoiling – get your questions ready.

Watersports Stage


15:00 - 15:30

Going for gold

RYA Performance Director, Mark Robinson and Olympians Anna Burnet and John Gimson (live streamed) will be talking Olympic preparations with show host and Tokyo gold medallist Eilidh McIntyre. They will also welcome Dani Fusco-House and Rachael Potter who, as previously non-sailing athletes, are finding out what it takes to make it in the fast-paced world of 49erFX crewing as part of the British Sailing Squad’s Crew4Gold talent ID scheme launched last year. 

Main Stage


15:30 - 16:00

Racing without limits

From the Combined Worlds to SailGP, hear from para sailors Rory McKinna, Adam Billany, and Jazz Turner as they prove why there are no barriers to sailing adventures. 

Main Stage


15:30 - 16:00

ILCA downwind speed tips

British Sailing Team ILCA expert, Sam Whaley, offers his expertise on how to make your boat go faster in all conditions.

Knowledge Zone


15:30 - 16:15

Level up your winging

UK Wingfoil Slalom National Champion, Hugo Dobrijevic, joins James and Mia. Together they’ll discuss common mistakes, how to achieve your first flights, progressing from beginner level to advanced, and transforming your gybes, tacks, and jumps. 

Watersports Stage


16:00 - 16:30

Treasure Hunt presentation

Join us at the Main Stage to see if your name is drawn out of the hat for the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

Main Stage

 

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