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Osprey tribe conquer the Island - hear the story at the RYA Dinghy Show

by Emma Slater 28 Feb 19:36 GMT 3 March 2019
Gul Osprey Proctor Centenary Round the Isle of Wight race © Mary Reddyhoff

At this year's Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki, come and hear all about a 60 mile open sea voyage last summer by a group of Ospreys. The talk will be on the Class Association Stage, at 2.30 on Sunday (03 March). There are few dinghy classes which could undertake such a punishing voyage, but the Ospreys took it in their stride.

Right beside the Class Association Stage is the Osprey class stand, A4 in the Great Hall. Come and hear all about the class's new initiative to make it easier this year for prospective tribe members to take a test sail in an Osprey. There's no need to take on a 60 mile voyage, much easier sails will be available at avenue near you!

The Osprey is a big, fast racing dinghy with a single trapeze and symmetric spinnaker. The best way to feel the power is through a test sail with the Osprey Association, so come and meet our enthusiastic members.

At our stand, find out about this year's busy racing programme, which is headlined by the Osprey Nationals at Mounts Bay from August 3-7. View the latest epoxy Mark V Osprey on the class stand, or on the stand of builders Hartley Boats, at C50.

At the talk, one of the intrepid team who conquered the Island will be describing their voyage. David Downs said, "This fantastic voyage is one all the tribe will remember for years, and I'm looking forward to sharing its highlights with the audience." The tribe encountered many perils on their journey. David promises to answer questions like "Why was the Standing Seagull so Scary?"

For further information about the class, visit www.ospreysailing.org

Visiting the Dinghy Show

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 clubs and large groups can also take advantage of a special discount price of £10.00 when booking six tickets or more. For those wanting a bit more of the action, discounted weekend tickets are available at £15.00 for RYA members and £18.75 for non-members. Don't forget up to four children go FREE with each paying adult.

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

For all the latest news and information visit www.dinghyshow.org.uk

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