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Allen Brothers at the 2018 RYA Dinghy Show

by Emma Slater, RYA 14 Feb 12:23 GMT Stand C82, 3-4 March 2018
Allen A5266 & A5266 © Allen Brothers

There are new product launches, personal appearances by Team Allen sailors and on-stand promotions for visitors to the Allen stand, C82, at this year's RYA Dinghy Show, March 3-4, Alexandra Palace, London.

At 10:30am on the Class Association Stage in the Great Hall, the results of the 2017 Allen Performance Challenge will be announced as part of the presentation of the GJW Direct Winter Series and a new championship, the Allen Endurance Series will be announced.

At 3:00pm on Saturday, on the Allen Stand C82 in the Main Hall, Team Allen sailors who tested the pre-production prototype of the new A2345 and A2360 Autoratchet blocks will be describing how they perform. There will be three other products launched, the new A2020XHL and A2040XHL additions to the highly successful Allen eXtreme High Load (XHL) family and the new A5266 angled mainsheet jammer.

The new A5266 Mainsheet Jammer from Allen Brothers is an ingeniously simple solution to a common sailing problem. Most people who have sailed a dinghy with a centre mounted mainsheet system will have come across the age old issue of the mainsheet jammer not rotating to the correct orientation after a tack or gybe therefore causing the mainsheet to get wrapped or twisted. This hardware malfunction slows the manoeuvre and can lead to a lost race or, in rough conditions, a capsize.

Standard mainsheet jammer systems usually have the block centrally located above the swivel meaning there is no turning force to swivel the block and jammer to the correct angle. By moving the block outward from the swivel and angling it away from the cleat, the new A5266 mainsheet system creates turning force on the block and jammer meaning the cleat will always be forced to point away from the boom and towards the helm. This prevents the sheet from wrapping round the block and gives extra control for fast, smooth tacks and gybes.

"It is one of those ideas which is so simple you wonder why no-one else thought of it", explains Liz Adams, Managing Director of Allen Brothers. "Our design team has been busy this year with a range of new products coming off the drawing board and into production."

The Essex, UK based manufacturer will also be launching its eagerly awaited new auto ratchet blocks, the A2345 and A2360. Allen has redesigned the auto ratchet and the new range will be the first to use the "X2" twin locking pawls, the British company claims "it will combine outstanding holding power in strong wind conditions with exceptional light airs performance."

The performance sailing hardware manufacturer's design team has been working on the project for over a year and the prototypes have been tested by Team Allen sailors. In fact the prototype 45mm auto ratchet already has several world class wins to its credit.

Visitors to the Allen stand, C82 can enter a quiz to win a pair of Allen branded sunglasses. By simply completing the quiz, based on information in the Allen Performance Sailing Magazine inserted in the free show guide, each completed entry gets a cool pair of shades.

To find out more, you can follow Allen Brothers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/allen sailing/ or you can go to the website www.allenbrothers.co.uk/dinghyshow

Get your ticket

As well as a full line up of expert talks and coaching sessions, 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 will 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. 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.

To buy your tickets visit www.dinghyshow.org.uk/go/dstickets or call the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069.

For all the latest show news and information visit www.dinghyshow.org.uk or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ryadinghyshow or on twitter @dinghyshow

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