Most sailors will have sailed a boat designed or influenced by Ian Proctor.

Born in 1918, the centenary and legacy of this legendary innovator, writer, designer and sailor will be celebrated at the RYA Dinghy Show.

Visitors to the show will be able to see some of his earliest designs including the Gull, Minisail, Osprey and the Wayfarer in an exclusive historical exhibition.

"Ian Proctor was responsible for designing so many of the dinghies that we still sail, cruise and race today", comments RYA Show and Promotions Manager Celia Edgington.

"We are delighted to not only showcase some of his best loved innovations but to share the insightful stories surrounding the history of his life."

Be part of it

We'd like you to help us to celebrate the centenary by sending us your photos sailing one of his iconic boats; either past or present, and we will feature these in the exhibition.

"We are sure many of you sail or have sailed in a Proctor designed boat and by sharing your photos with us we will be able to highlight the impact he had on the UK sailing scene".

Please scan and email your photos to or post to Celia Edgington, Proctor Exhibition, RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble SO31 4YA.

Don't forget to include your address so we can return your photos post event.

On the mainstage

Also at the show, sailing historian David Henshall will be taking us back in time with his talk 'A life of an innovator-the Ian Proctor Centenary' which will be on the Suzuki Main Stage at 12:45 on both days of the show.

Find out where it all started, to creating those icon designs that we all know and love today.

Get your tickets

As well as the expert talks and coaching sessions at the RYA Dinghy Show 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'll be plenty of activities to inspire and entertain the whole family!

Advance tickets are available at a special discount rate of £10.00 for RYA members and £12.50 for non-members. Don't forget up four children go free with each paying adult!

Buy your tickets here or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069

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