The theme for the RYA Dinghy Show 2020, is a ‘World of opportunity – see where dinghy sailing can take you’, and on the Merlin Rocket stand (G20) they are putting their own twist on the theme.

With so much talk on climate change and the state of our oceans, the team at Merlin Rockets have started to think more about doing their bit. In 2019 they held their first beach cleans at two major events, taking advice from ‘The Final Straw’, which was a great success. More litter came out of zipped buoyancy aid pockets and buoyancy bags than off the ground.

Looking forward, Merlin Rockets want to do more to ensure there remains to be a world of opportunity out there. They will continue to have beach cleans, brilliant at making people aware of plastics and rubbish in general, but they are delighted to announce that from 2020, they will be supporting Olympic 470 sailor Hannah Mills’ ‘Big Plastic Pledge’, and are taking steps to reduce single use plastics in our sport, and they need your help.

Pay a visit to the Merlin Rocket stand at the show and you will be in with a chance of taking home a dual branded (Merlin Rocket and Big Plastic Pledge) high quality, stainless steel, double walled insulated bottle, so that you can keep your cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for years to come! Merlin Rockets want to inspire you to use quality reusable products and ditch single use plastic, once and for all. Here’s how to get involved:

  • Make your ‘Big Plastic Pledge’ on the Merlin Rocket stand G20 – letting them know how you are going to reduce your use of plastic within the sport you love.
  • Take a picture with your pledge and post it on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) including #BigPlasticPledge #MerlinRocket
  • Come back to the stand at 1530 when the winners from the day will be announced, and you may well get to claim your lovely new bottle.
  • Continue to share online the steps you are taking to reduce single use plastics in our sport.

So make sure you drop by the stand and make your pledge, and together help to eradicate single use plastic in sport.

Check out the latest Winder Boats build

The Merlin Rocket stand is often a hive of activity at the show, with lots of people looking at the innovations in this Restricted Development Class, and as such they will have the latest Winder Boats build on the stand, here’s what’s different about it.

The hull is the 2019 modified shape, proving successful on the water, the gunwales have been faired more giving a more streamlined bow. There has been lots of development around the jib sheeting options, and the system provides a fore/aft and in/out option which can easily be retrofitted to older boats. The jib is fitted on the bow, making a larger jib which has proved popular and the sheeting angle for the jib and the spinnaker are sheeted forward and inboard, this is something that now comes as standard. It has the SeaDeck flooring and a Harken fit out with HD Sails. Come and take a look at the cool colour scheme and see which string does what!

In addition to the Merlin Rocket on display on the Class Association stand, G20, Matt Biggs’ Pokey will be on the Harken Stand B50, John Fildes’ Rockatross will be on the Allen Stand B34.

So join the team at the RYA Dinghy Show in association with Yachts & Yachting, at Alexandra Palace, London, over the weekend of 29 February- 01 March, make your Big Plastic Pledge, be in with chance of taking home a cool drinks bottle and see the latest innovations in the class.

What’s on at the Show?

There’s lots in store at the 2020 RYA Dinghy Show with visitors of all ages able to enjoy family-friendly show favourites. From the 360° ‘On the Water’ virtual reality sailing experience, to the sailing simulators, activity pool, trapeze rig and the famous RYA Dinghy Show Treasure Hunt. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re an experienced dinghy sailor, or just getting started.

As well as a full line up of expert talks and coaching sessions, you’ll also discover hundreds of boats from beautiful classics to the very latest in cutting edge design along with clubs, classes, boat builders, holiday companies and much more! Plus all weekend there will be plenty of activities to inspire and entertain the whole family.

Get your ticket

Advance tickets are available from October 2019 at a special discount rate of £10.00 for RYA members and £12.50 for non-members. Groups can also take advantage of a special ticket price of £10 when booking six tickets or more. Don’t forget four children go free with each paying adult as well.

Buy your tickets at or call the ticket hotline on 0844 8589069.

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