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Meet sailing's heroes at the RYA Dinghy Show 2018

by Susie Nation-Grainger, RYA 13 Feb 11:05 GMT 3-4 March 2018
Meet Giles Scott at the RYA Dinghy Show 2018 © RYA

The RYA Dinghy Show, presented by Suzuki in association with Yachts & Yachting and Gill, returns to Alexandra Palace (03-04 March) and provides the perfect opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the sport's most inspirational sailors.

From gold medallists to record breakers, a whole line up of sailing stars are confirmed to appear in the brand new 'Sailors' Corner' so visitors can drop by to ask their questions, take photos and pick up an autograph or seven!

At on 12:00 Saturday and 14:00 Sunday, there's a splicing workshop 'knot' to be missed where you can test your knot tying skills with members of the British Sailing Team.

Record breaking adventure sailors Phil Slade and Mark Belamarich will be heading over to Sailors' Corner to chat about their epic cruising adventure sailing from Portsmouth to Plymouth via France (13:00 on Saturday and 12:00 Sunday).

If foiling's your thing don't miss previous Moth European Champion and foiling expert Mike Lennon who will be happy to answer any of your questions on foiling, moth sailing and sail design (14:00 Saturday only).

At 15:30 come and chat to double Olympic medallist Hannah Mills and her crew Eilidh McIntyre (Saturday only) or pick the brains of Olympic gold medallist Giles Scott on Sunday at 13:00 and find out all about his campaign for Tokyo 2020.

"We're really excited about Sailors' Corner which is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the show and hang out with Britain's best dinghy sailors. Whether you've set your sights on becoming a future medallist or would like some insight from the experts, Sailors' Corner is open all weekend so make sure you drop by" said RYA Shows and Promotions Manager Celia Edgington.

"As well as getting up close to your sailing heroes, all day you can also take part in the 60 second bike challenge and see if you can cycle further than one of the British Sailing Team" she concludes.

What's on in Sailors' Corner?

Saturday

11:00 Question Time

    Ian Walker- RYA's new Director of Racing, Olympic silver medallist and Volvo Ocean Race winning skipper
12:00 Knots and splicing
    Masterclass with sailors from the British Sailing Team
13:00 Talk Adventures
    Record breaking dinghy cruisers Phil Slade and Mark Belamarich
14:00 All about foiling
    Mike Lennon – Moth sailing and sail design
15:30 Meet and chat
    Olympic gold medallist Hannah Mills and her crew Eilidh McIntyre
17:00 Paralympic Gold
    Meet Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas
Sunday

11:00 Question Time

    Ian Walker- RYA's new Director of Racing, Olympic silver medallist and Volvo Ocean Race winning skipper
12:00 Talk Adventures
    Record breaking dinghy cruisers Phil Slade and Mark Belamarich
13:00 Olympic Gold
    Meet Olympic Gold Medallist Giles Scott
14:00 Knots and splicing
    Masterclass with sailors from the British Sailing Team
15:00 Paralympic Gold
    Meet Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas

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