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Join us at the RYA Dinghy Show 2018: Full speaker line-up announced

by Susie Nation-Grainger 25 Jan 10:30 GMT 3-4 March 2018
RYA Dinghy Show 2018 © Paul Wyeth

The RYA Dinghy Show presented by Suzuki in association with Yachts & Yachting and Gill is the only show in the world dedicated exclusively to dinghies! Returning to Alexandra Palace, London over the weekend of 03-04 March, this year the theme is #dinghysailingforlife – celebrating a lifetime sport for all.

As well as the hundreds of exhibitors showcasing everything you need to get out on the water, the show will feature a brand new line up of talks and coaching sessions from world-class experts, as well as keeping in some of the firm favourites.

Olympic gold and silver medallist Saskia Clark and Olympic sailor and sports presenter Stevie Morrison will be joining forces to host on the Suzuki Main stage and the RYA Knowledge Zone throughout the weekend.

Here's the speaker line up for 2018:

Suzuki Main Stage




Unregatta Regatta- the future for youth sailing?

Mark Jardine and Simon Cox

Highly innovative courses and race rules for youth. Developed to bring more fun into sailing and taking the world by storm!


Record breaking Dinghy Cruising Challenge

Phil Slade and Mark Belamarich

Mark and Phil’s spectacular voyage of 309.25 nautical miles was recognised by Guinness World Records as the longest distance ever sailed in a double handed dinghy


Foiling into the future

Alan Hillman

The latest developments in foiling, how to get started, what’s next and the new foiling course


A life of an innovator –the Ian Proctor Centenary

David Henshall

From where it all started to the iconic designs we know and love today


Prize Presentations- RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards (Sunday only)


My Life in Sailing

Ian Walker

So many adventures, so much to tell! Olympics, Volvo Ocean Race, professional sailing and family fun!


Fuelling your sailing performance

Nigel Mitchell & British Sailing Team’s Henrietta Dutton-Williamson and Hannah Mills

Advice for what to eat to prepare for racing or just a day on the water- watch demos on how to make these healthy snacks


America’s Cup- What’s next?

Round up of the 35th America’s Cup event. Hear all about Red Bull’s Youth America’s Cup and Land Rover BAR Academy’s amazing victory in Bermuda


RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award

Awards presented to five finalists and overall winner announced

(Saturday only)


Treasure Hunt Presentation

RYA Knowledge Zone


Perfect Starts

Helena Lucas

How to get the perfect start- keeping calm and in control of emotions 


Strength and conditioning

British Sailing Team’s Alex Hopson

Find out how to get race fit with Alex and some sailors from the Team.


Rig Tuning

Michael McNamara

Top tips on how to set up your rig for various occasions. This is a hugely popular and informative demonstration using a fully rigged RS200


Steering to trim- how to get speed around the racetrack

Steve Cockerill, The Boat Whisperer, Rooster Sailing


Building coaching in your club or class association

RYA Coaching Development Manager, Dave Mellor

Find out how the RYA Coaching Development Team can support your club or class to grow its coaching


Hiking Posture – how to be fast and injury free

RYA Coaching Development Manager, Dave Mellor

An insight into what hiking techniques work best and how to avoid hiking injuries

*Talks and timings may be subject to change

Brand new stages

As well as a brand new line up of speakers there will also be two brand new stages.

Women's sailing is thriving in the UK like never before and for the first time at the show there's an area dedicated to solely to this. The Women's Sailing Hub will showcase inspirational female sailors including Paralympic Gold Medallist Helena Lucas, British Sailing Team's Penny Clark and Hannah Mills plus the sailors from the Magenta Project.

Also new for 2018 is the Class Association Stage located in the Great Hall where you can find out everything you need know about your favourite class including what events are coming up in the season ahead and how to get involved.

The full line up for these stages can be found on the Dinghy Show website.

Get your tickets in advance and save on the door

At the show you will find all the latest gear from top sailing brands plus hundreds of dinghies from beginner boats to the latest in high performance design. There's also training centres, sailing clubs, class associations, boat builders, holiday companies as well as the interactive features and activities to inspire sailors of all ages.

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

Anyone buying a ticket in advance will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a Suzuki powered safety boat for their club.

You can buy tickets here or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069.

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