To celebrate the 2016 Games this summer, the RYA will be hitting the road during the Olympic sailing medal race week to bring you the RYA Sail for Gold Roadshow.

The Royal Lymington Yacht Club and the Lymington Town Sailing Club will be hosting the event when it arrives in the town on 15 August to cheer on the hopes of local Sailing Team members Nick Thomson, who will be the UK's hope for the laser class and Alison Young who will be competing in the Laser Radial at Rio.  

Launched on 12 June at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) by members of the British Sailing Team, the Roadshow is visiting Lymington, along with other venues across the UK which have a special connection to our Olympic medal contenders.   On the day you can discover what it's like to go sailing with free taster sessions, watch the drama unfold with medal races shown on big screens and cheer on your local sailing heroes.  

Stuart Duffin, Rear Commodore Sailing of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, comments: "We are really hoping to attract a great crowd to the waterfront on 15 August to celebrate our Olympic heroes.  The event coincides with the first day of our annual Youth Week so the children will be able to join with the celebrations and follow the action on the big screen.  Furthermore, there will be plenty of chances for everybody to have a go at sailing and participate in all the fun activities."  

Members of the British Sailing Team will also be on hand at the event with inside knowledge on all the action in Rio as well as advice on how you can get into sailing and maybe start your own Olympic journey.  

The Roadshow will begin at the WPNSA on 14 August which is the Medal Race day for our windsurfing stars Bryony Shaw and Nick Dempsey, before coming to Lymington on the following day. It will then travel across the UK, finishing with events in Glasgow and Rutland.  

"The Roadshow is a fantastic way to bring all the excitement of the Games into our home clubs and it will mean so much when we're out in Rio to know everyone will be at home supporting us" said Olympic Silver Medallist Saskia Clark. "It will also be great to see the Games inspiring people to get on the water and have a go for themselves".  

RYA Sport Development Manager Duncan Truswell said: "We're delighted to be able to support our athletes as they go for gold in Rio. Each of these events will be a fantastic opportunity for locals to come down and get afloat during what will be a fantastic summer of sailing and find out why sailing can be so much fun at all levels. We'd like to thank each of the sailing venues that have played significant roles during the sailors' journeys and have helped make these events possible. We hope to see everybody turn out to cheer our sailors home."  

There will be more information to come on how you can support the British Sailing Team competing in the Paralympic Games this September. For more information here