World-class line up of talks at virtual RYA Dinghy Show

08 Jan 21

The virtual RYA Dinghy Show presented by Suzuki and supported by Yachts & Yachting, will kick start the 2021 sailing season with a world-class line-up of talks plus interactive coaching sessions with some of the industry's biggest names.

Visit Dinghy Show to register and join us at the FREE virtual show.

New Dinghy Show host

Taking place over the weekend of 27-28 February, professional sailor and speaker Hannah Diamond will be the host for the virtual show. From medal races to ocean races, Hannah has raced across the breadth of our sport and will be helping to guide visitors around the show plus interviewing sailing legends and industry experts across the two stages.

Hannah said: “I’m really excited to host this year’s virtual Dinghy Show! With so much of last year’s racing cancelled, the show is the perfect place to prepare to get back on the water whether you’re picking up some coaching tips, hearing from the British Sailing Team or grabbing an amazing deal on some new kit”.

Returning favourites

Throughout the weekend on the virtual Main Stage and in the Knowledge Zone, you will find RYA Dinghy Show favourites including world-renowned strategist and Olympic Coach Mark Rushall who will be talking tactics and explaining the new racing rules of sailing. 

The British Sailing Team’s meteorologist Simon Rowell returns to share his knowledge on how to use a forecast on the water and David Henshall will take us back in time to the first ever Dinghy Show in 1951 with his talk on ‘the ‘Seven Ages of Dinghies’.

If you’ve got a burning question for a member of the British Sailing Team, you won’t want to miss the live webinar with members of the team including athletes selected to represent Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

A taste of adventure…

 Join windsurfing coach and guru Sam Ross as he interviews the British Sailing Team’s Emma Wilson and Tom Squires who’ll be competing at the Tokyo 2020 Games in the RS:X class. They’ll be joined by windsurfing legend and Olympian Dave Hackford for a live discussion on how the sport has progressed over the years and the introduction of new watersports including wing foiling.

The virtual main stage will also feature Dinghy Cruising Companion and President of the Dinghy Cruising Association, Roger Barnes, who will be sharing tales of his latest cruising adventures and award-winning quadriplegic sailor Natasha Lambert who recently crossed the Atlantic Ocean in her specially adapted catamaran ‘Blown Away’.

Watch on all devices…

RYA Show and Promotions Manager Celia Edgington explains: “We’re delighted to announce the first round of our virtual Dinghy Show speakers. The show includes a mix of live and pre-recorded talks and will be available from all devices and has no limit on the number of times you log in. You can enjoy the talks and coaching sessions that interest you most from wherever you are!”

Along with the talks, visitors can also explore the virtual exhibition halls to connect with boat builders, sailing clubs, class associations, holiday companies and more.

No Dinghy Show would be complete without award presentations and the virtual show includes RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2021, the Concours d’Elegance, live eSailing Winter Club Championship final and competitions throughout the weekend.

A full schedule of what’s on when will be announced soon. To register and join us at the virtual RYA Dinghy Show on 27-28 February for FREE visit

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