Launched yesterday (12 June) at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) by members of the British Sailing Team, the Roadshow will visit venues across the UK which have a special connection to our Olympic medal contenders.

At each event 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.

Members of the British Sailing Team will also be on hand at events 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. It will then travel across the UK, finishing with events in Glasgow and Rutland.

Date

Venue

Medal Race

Rio contenders

14 August

Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy

RS:X Men and RS:X Woman

Nick Dempsey & Bryony Shaw

15 August

Royal Lymington Yacht Club & Lymington Town Sailing Club

Laser and Laser Radial

Nick Thompson & Alison Young

16 August

Grafham Water Sailing Club

Finn & Nacra 17

Giles Scott

Ben Saxton & Nicola Groves

17 August

Cardiff Bay Yacht Club

470 women & 470 men

Hannah Mills & Saskia Clark

 Luke Patience & Chris Grube

18 August

Rutland Water Sailing Club

49er & 49erFX

Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign

Charlotte Dobson & Sophie Ainsworth

17/18 August

Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow

470 men & 49erFX

Luke Patience and Chris Grube

Charlotte Dobson & Sophie Ainsworth

"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 the perfect opportunity for locals to come down and get afloat during what will be a brilliant 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'll be more information to come on how you can support the British Sailing Team competing in the Paralympic Games this September.

For more information visit www.rya.org.uk/roadshow