Launched in 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 the event you can discover what it's like to go sailing or windsurfing with free taster sessions, watch the drama unfold in Rio with medal races shown on big screens and cheer on your local sailing heroes.

It doesn't matter if you've never stepped in a boat or on a windsurfer before, you and your friends and family can get afloat and sample the freedom and exhilaration of a fantastic outdoor sport at this friendly club. The sessions will be lead by qualified instructors supported by club members who will be on hand to take you afloat. The club will provide all of the equipment and information you need and give you a superb introduction to sailing and windsurfing. Buoyancy aids will be provided, but please bring your own soft shoes and a change of clothes.  

Alongside the taster sessions, all visitors and club members will have the opportunity to meet members of the British Sailing Team, 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.  

Some of these team members will give a masterclass from 12:00 to 16:00 with tips and techniques for sailing catamarans and Finn dinghies. If you sail a cat or a Finn, you're welcome to bring you boat along (no charge) but please let us know in advance if you're coming along, by emailing peter@saxtons.me  

Visitors can enjoy refreshments and learn more about the sport before watching the Finn and Nacra 17 medal races on the big screen sin the top floor of the clubhouse from 17:00.   With Ben Saxton (current club member) competing in the Nacra 17 Class, and Giles Scott (past club member) competing in the Finn Class there will hopefully be a chance to see the local heroes go for gold.  

Both Ben and Giles spent their formative sailing years at the club. Ben was there as recently as last month for the Anglian Water Grafham Water 50th celebrations and stayed on to show the way around from the front of a Flying Fifteen in the Wednesday evening racing.  

"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."  

For more information visit 16th-august-grafham-water.aspx   For more about Grafham Water Sailing Club visit the-club.html  

For more about the RYA's summer of sailing and how you can get out on the water visit trysailing